• Just So Happens feels so richly intimate... [Obata] is a talent to watch. I like his elegant, understated drawings, which hint at the manga stories he must have read as a boy. Bullet trains, Shinto temples, shopping malls, sushi restaurants: he does them all beautifully. His storytelling, too, is crazily accomplished.

    Rachel Cooke, Observer
  • A beautiful and observant graphic novel.

    James Smart, Guardian
  • This is a book you may want to study, a book of inflection and nuance, a delicate, thoughtful book that entrances the eyes and compels the old grey matter.

  • A powerful story dealt with a deft brush in hand.

  • Told with great care and dignity... The illustrations reflect the mood of the story perfectly, creating a sense of movement and transition which mirrors Yumiko's journey.

    Vicki Bartram, UK Press Syndication

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