Friday, March 9, 2018
Anonymous Noise Volume Seven Review
Starting out with an internal cerebral look at Nino's slow growth into performing as she performs and it's effect on the crowd contrasted with flashbacks to Nino's shared past with Yuzu and Momo. While also showing a more vulnerable side to Momo and his past while also giving focus in a subplot involving Kuro and his unrequited feelings for his brother's wife. While also slowly fleshing out the newly minted almost relationship between Miou and Haruyoshi. Ending with the promise of a tour and more music experience for In No Hurry To Shout. A series I have enjoyed reading but not yet reviewed volume seven confirms my feelings that Anonymus Noise is very much "PG-13 Nana." I don't say that to slight the series but that very much the same broken and flawed relationships and longing and desire that were portrayed in Nana are in Anonymus Noise. Except with less of an emphasis on the physical aspects of love and romance. Instead, a good portion of the volume is dedicated to creating the emotional feeling of performance and the rush of a live music concert. Contrasted with the interiority given to Nino who without a note being heard is able to capture the joy, sorrow, and longing not only for performance but for Momo as well. Contrasted with Momo's hidden but still noticeable feelings for Nino. If anything Fukuyama-Sensei shows an expert hand at panel layout, composition, and the contrast between hyper-emotive wordless splash and two page spreads. With the muddled murky and unconfessed feelings. Or in Kuro's case confessed feelings which that arc of Kuro struggling with his barely repressed feelings for UI his brother's wife come spilling out of him and at least he has enough personal honor to get out of that situation. After he impetuously confesses obliquely and recognizes it as a sign of his own immaturity. It's honestly one of the darker plot threads in the series while unrequited longing is kind of a leitmotif for the series to see someone actually be that forward only to reject their own desires. Is a starling bit of honesty that is made only heavier and more poignant thanks to Fukuyama-Sensei's panel placement and character design using the height difference between UI and Kuro to great effect. As well as the contrast of the closeness of UI and Kuro with blank backgrounds and close-cropped rectangles framing the characters in this cramped volatile emotional landscape. before cutting to a scene of the still moon and Kuro reflecting on its cool beauty Making a poetic scene. Thankfully it is not all angst and pained confessions with Nino's charmingly awkward social interaction still occasionally being shown as well making for a nice light "pallet cleanser" of comedy. While not being overused either highly recommended for its emotional honesty and intensity while also showing a wonderful grasp of the visual being able to portray the aural.