Kyoto, 1966. Young Hamaguchi works for a textile manufacturer while dreaming of becoming an artist until an incident at the zoo forces his hand. Invited to Tokyo by an old school friend, Hamagushi interviews at the studios of the famous mangaka, Shiro Kondo, where he discovers the long hours of meeting deadlines along with the nightlife of the capital.
Taniguchi recalls his beginnings in manga and his youth spent in Tokyo in the '60s in an account of his apprenticeship where all the finesse and elegance of the creator are united to illustrate those first emotions of adulthood.
Story and art by Jiro Taniguchi.