Forget-me-not (2003) – Kenji Tsuruta’s Love and Memories

Kenji Tsuruta’s “Forget-me-not” is a kind of art because of such a scenery and ambient. There is something that makes me stay in a world of two dimensions but it can’t. Yet, Kenji Tsuruta is a person who has a potential, especially from this manga. Pretty aesthetic by carrying variety styles of drawing and writing in the style of American novels. Some of the western cultures indeed. Set in locations around Venice, “Forget-me-not” seems to introduce into a colorful style at the beginning. Then, The black and white style like manga in general.

It tells about Mariel Imari, a young detective with disguised skills so absurd but can adapt. She is a laid back type of girl who is a little attractive but can often control the situation. Unlike other detectives, she can control a case she has completed just a few months. Allowing her to become a known person around Venice. The manga takes on Sherlock Holmes-style mystery. It doesn’t need to be underneath with such a serious impression. The atmosphere is so pronoun, the scenery, the backdrop of Venice, and the design of the character. It’s just your typical slice of life thing. You don’t have anything such as theory, complexity, or something like that.

On the other hand, the humor is so weak but it gives you a few smiles. The pace is a balance because there are only seven chapters. The author doesn’t seem to only expand in such a way as the background and scenery. But, the characters are the main points in this manga. It’s kind of interesting besides Mariel. We know more about this character such as the mysteries of her father and other things.

The minor cast had a chance to fill their respective roles. Especially Beppo, who also took on many roles besides the main character. Apart from which, the manga contains a lot of stuff like the mature content but is more impressed by softcore. Some also can’t be said but if you want to look more at it, you can try “La Pomme Prisonnière.” It’s another Kenji Tsurata works describe sex and nudity as such different levels.

The color isn’t only colorful for the first but I like how the author combines black and white and the color in the last few chapters where there is a bit of symbolism into it. The color returns to normal after the colorful part at the beginning of the chapter. Original and fresh, some of the characters seem a little quirky and monotonous. However, this is not a matter because this is only a few chapters; some chapters that I think are a bit hidden.

“Forget-me-not” has a lot of potentials. This is another artwork style with an aesthetic impression from an underrated author with his underrated works too. The art is great, the scenery is so broad especially taking the backdrop of Venice, the character is a little interesting but at the same time quite quirky, the story that isn’t too serious but very worth it for the slice of life genre with mystery, and unforgettable. We have to give Kenji Tsuruta more shout-outs than this.

3.5 out of 5 stars.

Salman Al Farisi

An Indonesian who loves to watch and read everything. A literary student who likes to write about reviews and essays on Crackdown Review. But, I just wannabe critics who love arthouse than anything.

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