I wish I was skilled enough at Japanese to express how wonderful this book it. I had read it with English translations, but the way the Japanese complements the layout adds more than I imagined. I think almost anyone would enjoy this book-I am lucky to have the opportunity to read it from across the Globe. Possibly my favorite work of Minekura Kazuya. As usual, the book has memorable, interesting, characters and philosophy, meaning, and emotion on every beautiful full color page. The end is so bittersweet, I could hardly make myself close the book.
The story is about a man who has left his memory somewhere, and he wanders aimlessly trying to find it. Along the way, a few towns he has come across will recognize him and call him one name or another, but none fit. In this world, the sky is gray as a result of a violent War, and because of that birds are extinct. The man looks up at the sky and finds a young boy, named Tit, falling onto him. Tit names him Stork, and explains he is looking for a blue sky, so he can find a bird. The two decide to travel together, and discover the meaning of "Stigma."
The seller was extremely prompt, especially considering the international shipping. I got it nearly a week before I expected, well wrapped and in great condition. They also allowed for international shipping, which most sellers do not. I was very lucky to find them.