What happens when you’re no longer the wunderkind comic creator whose bestselling manga series was the toast of the industry? That’s what Downfall is about. And it’s not pretty. Well, the artwork is pretty and naturalistic without exaggerated cartoon eyes and faces. That only makes it even darker and more depressing.
If you’re balking at the idea of starting a new series, I feel you. Don’t worry, though. Inio Asano has you covered. Downfall explores what happens when you achieve your dreams and it’s not at all what you expected. It follows a mangaka who has finished his first series and is trying to start a new one—and make it successful, naturally. Unfortunately, he hates the reality of the manga industry and his marriage is falling apart. If you’re looking for a feel-good manga, this is not the title for you. But if you love Asano’s brand of dark, psychological storytelling, it’s worth checking out.