Hand drawn by yours truly.
Imagine right before your eyes. Sea levels have risen significantly, inundating coastal cities such as Yokohama, Mount Fuji erupted in living memory, and climate change has occurred. With the seasons being less pronounced, the winters are milder and the summer isn’t scorching anymore. The reduced human population has reverted to a simpler life, and the reader is told this is the twilight of the human age.
Besides enumerating the indulgence of the Prophet Doom.
Life on planet earth is not as bad as you think. To all the lucky survivors. You don’t need to wake up 4:00 am in the morning to prefer you’re self for a big task in the office. There is no more heavy traffic in the street. You don’t need to wrestle your way in the commuters train. No need to worry about increasing prices of oil and consumer goods. No more mountain of paper works in the office station. No angry customer. No rush service. You don’t need to hide from a tax man. No expensive electric bills. No need to worry about your credit standing. A Sudden disappearance of demanding bosses.
Your new alarm clock is crowing at the break of dawn (“cock-a-doodle-doo”) a rooster. You can wake up in bed at any time you wish. Take your morning breakfast free from high anxiety. Write your beloved poem with out a hustle. Practice your photography as long as you want, listen to birds, go fishing, paint nature, do home improvement at your pace. Read your favorite books. No war only peace. Back to basic.
Rather than get all angsty about how civilisation is slowly but inexorably fading away, the survivors enjoy a peaceful and idyllic life, full of reflection and wonder for the world around them. Nobody gets stressed, angry or downbeat; they go about their usual routines with moments of sadness or disappointment met with quiet resignation. The English phrases “life goes on,” “the good old days,” or “these things happen…” are summed up with one succinct phrase that encompasses poignancy and bittersweet sentiment.
In Quiet Country Cafe Meet Alpha Hatsuseno an android (“robot person”) who runs an out of the way coffee shop, Café Alpha, on the lonely coast of the Miura Peninsula of Japan, while her human “owner” is on a trip of indefinite length. Though she spends much of her time alone, Alpha is cheerful, gregarious, and unlike the slowly declining humans. Alpha is Immortal.
Comic Manga- Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou: never has a dystopia looked so beautiful.
Yokohama Kaidashi Kikō is a science fiction manga written by Hitoshi Ashinano.
Yokohama Kaidashi Kikō won the 2007 Seiun Award for best science fiction comic.