Norah Jones And Manga Are A Good Combination

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For Norah Jones’s latest album, Pick Me Up Off The Floor, the singer has released a manga-version music video of her single “I’m Alive” featuring panels from Rumiko Takahashi’s Maison Ikkoku.


According to Viz Media, “’I’m Alive’ features Maison Ikkoku’s main character, Kyoko Otonashi, as she shares many similarities with the lyrics, which reflect finding joy in the midst of a pandemic.”

The collaboration works—and well, I think! Jones’s lyrics and singing style really suit the feeling of the manga.

Maison Ikkoku debuted in 1980, and if you haven’t read it, an English-language collector’s edition was released last month.

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.



Everyone should read/watch Maison Ikkoku.  Absolute masterpiece