Ayako is a graphic novel about a girl being born in an abnormal family, growing up and finding her place in the world. To say the least, nothing is normal about this book or its characters. That’s the way it challenges you to step out of your comfort zone. And read about the things which are out of bounds for everybody, culturally, ethically, and morally. There are themes of incest, murder, rape, and violence throughout the book. The ending is weird as well. I liked this book because of how unlikely I am to read something this creepy ever again. The illustrations are just beautiful and opposite to the storyline essence.
The book is named after the girl, Ayako, born out of an incest relationship and isn’t treated well right from a very young age. Everything about her life and her family is abnormal, and how she comprehends her surroundings and how her life and thinking process shape is mainly the plot of the story. In the background, there are various political themes of the Cold war and how her family plays a role in WW2. But everything circles back to Ayako. This book might not be for everyone. But it’s challenging and will introduce you to something out of your comfort zone.
The ending of the book was something I did not like. It wasn’t a great or fitting ending. But then, what in this book was normal or appropriate anyway?. So it is what it is.