Comics / Manga

One Fine Day Volume 3

By Chris Zimmerman
September 4, 2010 - 12:34

Combining childhood innocence with fantastical magic, One Fine Day seeks to immerse its audience in its unique brand of storytelling. Written and drawn by Sirial, One Fine Day is one of the latest manhwa to hit stateside thanks to the continued efforts of Yen Press though to classify it as such would be a mistake. Departing from all the elements the medum is known for, the series delivers a unique brand of storytelling that is unlike any other title available today.

Considering the series follows the lives of three animals able to transform into children while retaining their ears, one can already get a measure of the whimsy pouring forth from each page. The narrative weaves in and out from traditional panels before shifting at certain points to more of a story book format. Considering how well its handled and the fact that it never becomes jarring to follow, Sirial should be commended.

This volume wraps up the series much in the same fashion as it began. The children( or is it animals) continue to experience the many wonders of their everyday lives, taking adventures and sharing laughs while having to relive some bitter memories along the way. Considering the subject matter of the series, there really isn’t any depth or hidden meanings behind any of it, merely an attempt to showcase what it means to experience childhood all over again.

The series’ interesting mix of traditional comics and story book formatting is greatly inhanced by the overly stylistic art. One can get a hint of the series tone simply by cracking open the book and observing the contrast in art. The line work balances between loose and traditional manga style with some panels coming off as a collection of squiggly lines while others feature detailed renditions of the characters and their environment.   

One Fine Day is closer to a slice of life tale than it is a fantasy, though there is a healthy intermingling of the two. Despite its length and overall lack of any real development of a plot to speak of, the series delivers on its promise of adorable characters experiencing what it means to live. Those in search of uplifting moments as a means to brighten their day need look no further.

Rating: 8 /10

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