Satoshi Kon's Opus

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Satoshi Kon's Opus (2014)

363 pages

English language

Published Jan. 6, 2014

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3 stars (1 review)

Opus is Kon's metafictional tale of Chikara Nagai, a creator under pressure to finish his latest graphic novel, Resonance, who finds that the harshest critic of the shock ending he's got planned is the character who'll have to die in it! Nagai's stregths and weaknesses as a creator are tested beyond their limits as his present and his past, and the worlds of the manga and of reality, become the levels of a maze he may never escape... let alone get a chance to resolve the story!

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3 stars

This is a book about blurring the line between a creator and his creations. But, maybe because it is unfinished, it feels much more like a proof of concept than a truly fleshed out idea. The characters don't get to develop personalities since the limited time is largely spent on plot and beautiful visual exposition of the merging worlds. Fortunately, what personalities they do have are not bad, just forgettable.

One more point about its unfinished state is that it was pretty cool to see the partially sketched out last chapter.

Overall, I think that this was a pretty and fun romp through some relatively unpolished thoughts in the author's brain. I think that Satoshi Kon deals with many similar themes better in his later work, but certainly don't feel like I've wasted my time reading this.


  • Authorship
  • Graphic novels
  • Comic books, strips