What is the Fasting manga about?
Picking on somebody for any aspect of their appearance is disgusting. Tomoko is a school girl who has to put up with just that – in her case because of her weight. When a boy Tomoko likes – his name Akira – puts her down in public, she decides to put herself on a strict diet. She basically starves herself until she loses weight – enough to make herself happy.
One day she wakes to find that she has become slimmer and now walks out with a new-found confidence.
When she then crosses paths with that boy Akira from the beginning, things take a drastic turn. You could say that the boy gets his just desserts.
Short and sweet
Not one panel in this ten-page story is wasted. It gets into Tomoko’s story and its quick, violent resolution at break-neck pace. It’s nice when you can pick up a short story for those moments waiting for a bus or a train.
This was the first story I have read that was written by either of Fasting’s creators. From this short, sharp introduction, I will now be investigating both of their careers further.