I should've known looking at the cover of this book that it wouldn't go well for me. Look at that puppy's innocent smile. Just look at it. This reminded me of the legend of Hachiko and also the Futurama episode, "Jurassic Bark" which to this day I have to immediately turn off whenever I see the beginning. I just can't get through that episode without breaking down (honestly, just thinking about it makes me sad.)I have to deduct a star though because they flipped this manga. All of the signs and kana are backwards because they printed this book the Western way. At one point the character remarks about how he loves driving North with the sea on his right, yet it's clearly to his left. I seriously thought we were passed flipping manga. This was published here just two years ago so there's really no excuse. I wish I had the opportunity to read more of Murakami's work, but unfortunately my library doesn't carry any and I don't typically buy one-shots. I don't generally like to read books that make me cry either.