One-Shot: "Nanairo no Mukou" ("The Other Side of the Rainbow")

Finally!  Here is our big spring one-shot “Nanairo no Mukou”. I’ve been wanting to translate this one-shot since it came out, but 74-pages seemed way too daunting.  I’m very proud that we were able to complete this one-shot in a timely manner.  A big thanks to all the Omari’s Sister volunteers who worked on this :).

This one-shot is not all that it seems.  Don’t be fooled by all the rainbows.  Like “World End Garden”, this story has a range of emotions.
Oh!  Here’s a little explanation of the English title I chose.

“Nanairo no Mukou” literally means “the other side of the seven colors”.  In Japanese there is one word, “Nanairo”, that describes the 7 prismatic colors.  I though it would sound kind of goofy to call the one-shot “The Other Side of the Seven Prismatic Colors”, so I chose “Rainbow” because that’s what we call the 7 prismatic colors and rainbows are a key thematic element in this story.

I really love the easy and fluid drawing style presented in this one-shot and felt inspired to make a wallpaper.  I made is all watercolorly.  Right click on the images below to download the wallpaper.
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And now on to the links!
Links to download “Nanairo no Mukou”: (Zip) (PDF — tablets and mobiles) Updating files…come back in 15-minutes.
My thoughts on this one-shot:
I really wanted Ryousuke to find his sister in Nijigahara.  I wanted him to know that she was all right and for her to forgive him.    But, I guess that would have been kinda cloying. Moving on…this story reminded a bit of “The Wizard of Oz”, or should I more precisely say the song “Somewhere over the Rainbow”.  I always thought that was a song for very sad people because only people not satisfied with life in the real world dream of a better life in a world far away.   In this story Ryousuke is probably near the lowest depth of childhood pain.  His sister just died and his parents are splitting up and there’s nothing Ryousuke can do about it. Consequently, he decides to run away from home and hopes that his parents notice.  I don’t like the message let at the end of this story that running away from home will bring families back together.  Divorce is a hard thing, but it never has anything to do with the children and children can’t do anything to bring their parents back together.  I think, though, that importance of his running away is that Ryousuke did something.  Good or bad, he made a statement and his parents finally took notice of him.
I really love the easy and free drawing style in this oneshot.  Almost every page in this one-shot has the manga equivalent of beautiful cinematography.  I want to spend the weekend relaxing in Nijigahara sleeping under trees and eating peaches.   Nijigahara looks like the embodiment of spring to me.
Next up!
Next up is “Akagami no Shirayukihime” chapter 24 followed by the one-shot “3 Hearts”.  “3-Hearts” is a really beautifully drawn one-shot.  I’m looking forward to releasing it :).

5 thoughts on “One-Shot: "Nanairo no Mukou" ("The Other Side of the Rainbow")

  1. One thing that confused me at the end was that if the most recent Hizumi that Kou was dealing with came from Ryousuke's indecision, would that mean that all of the Hizumi come from uncertainty within the populace, or is it just random? Kind of like if Kou had a strong yearning to see the outside world, a Hizumi would pop up? I may be over thinking this… Newcomers might just be an exception…

    Also, I think that Ryousuke's parents only expressed concern for the him at the end, not that they were getting back together. To me, it was really ambiguous about what would happen between the two parents. I have seen some cases where a divorced couple will come together if there is something big happening to their child, like an illness or a ceremony, but will separate again after the event is over.

    Finally, thank you for your work, and for releasing such a pretty and interesting one-shot! Thank you!

  2. It definitely was a heart-warming, well-told story. The backgrounds were beautifully done and overall, I loved the art. Sure fitted the children/rainbow/fantasy land-theme very well.

    I also thought Ryousuke's sister would be living in Nijigahara as well, but I was relieved to see that she wasn't. It would have been sort of clichéd if that had happened. I liked how he reached the decision to face his problems head-on and try to solve it. An added plus was that nothing felt very childish in the story – it was well told, took any immature edges out though mostly children were involved and the ideas were presented nicely.

    I also don't like that at the end, the message seems to be that running away solves everything. Also, I think a tad bit more detail showing Ryousuke's home life would have been good as well. It also didn't detail in the working of the Himizu and such – though that didn't matter much, I guess.

    It was a quite heart-warming and gentle one-shot. I really liked it. Thanks for bringing it to us! 😀

  3. What is the official name of this oneshot? i would like to add it on mal if they have it. thanks
    i tried Google but couldn't find it.

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