When Akio and his mother move across the country to live with a mysterious acquaintance, it's an adjustment. When they learn that the man's wife is dead and his son hasn't left the house in years, it's a shock. When the son starts letting Akio in on the rest of the family's secrets, things really start to get weird. It's going to be a long winter.
The urge to add "...But NOOOO!" to the end of the first panel's dialogue was very strong. xD
To put Akio's "You know what it's like these days..." in some context: Directly following WWI, Japan had few years of economic depression. In addition, the government was stockpiling rice for the military's use, so around 1919 they had riots in some cities because there wasn't enough rice for everyone else.
Do you guys mind me talking about background info and stuff like that in the comments from time to time? I'm a history geek. xD; If it's boring for you, feel free to ignore it! If there's something that's necessary to understand to get what's going on in the story, I'll make sure it's explained in-comic. (Though I honestly don't think there will be much of that, so don't worry.)
As always, thank you for reading! <3
Updated 5/6/13, because I was a history geek, but not enough of a history geek to get the Japanese pre-war educational system right. :I Akio and the others are in their last year of middle school. I changed the dialogue a little bit because it made it sound like they were in high school, about to enter college.