The creator is telling the story of the loss of her own mother, a difficult and demanding woman, and the strains it places on the individual family members. It is not told in any maudlin manner but rather in an everyday, matter-of-fact way which best describes this all-too-common situation. The cartoon-like depiction of the characters helps remove it from the specific and opens it up to anyone facing the possible demise of a parent.
About the Author
Yukari Takinami was born in Kushiro, Hokkaido, Japan in 1980. She is an artist and author of manga, an essayist and a radio broadcaster. She is considered as one of the most original voices in the contemporary female comic world. Her writings portray everyday occurrences in society and her surrounding with humour and honesty. Her manga 'Motohare Mania' (Ex-Boyfriend Mania) (2017 - ) was adapted into a live action TV series in 2019. Also her work 'Rinshii!! Ekoda-chan' (2005 - 2014) has inspired two TV anime series in 2011 and 2019. ‘Arigato-tte Ietanara’ (I Wish I Could Say “Thank You”) seduced a large public in her native Japan and is set to do so in English.