Poplar (Poplar Bunko), 2010. 246 pp. ¥570. ISBN 978-4-591-12138-2. (Originally published by Poplar in 2005.)
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The protagonist is Gaku, an eighth-grader infatuated with the popular American band Guns N’ Roses. Gaku plays guitar and sings. His close friend, a boy called Maro, plays bass, while his childhood friend, a girl named Lilii, is on the drums. Gaku hears rumors of a fantastic young guitarist and goes off to visit Kakeru, who owns a Gibson Flying V. Kakeru lives in a rundown house with his alcoholic grandfather; there is some conflict within the band when he joins. They cannot even manage to play a Guns N’ Roses song. Nevertheless, the four aim to play live at the school culture festival and single-mindedly throw themselves into their practice. Then a fleeting love begins to bud between the protagonist and Lilii.
This is an invigorating boy-and-girl story set in the autumn of 1988, when Emperor Shōwa fell ill. (NK)
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