- Mangaka : Higashino, Keigo
- Publisher : Yen Press
- Genre : Fantasy, Drama, Mystery, Slice of Life, Supernatural
- Published : July 2021
From midnight to dawn, the Namiya General Store advice box will be reopening for one night only. When three robbers came to this abandoned store to hide temporarily, a letter drops into the mailbox. With nothing else to do but wait, they decided to respond to their letters. This led them to discover the wonders of the general store they were in and over the course of a special night, they learned the history of this building and its owner. This is the story that has touched the hearts of many around the world.
Welcome to the Namiya General Store. Yes, yes, the pencil case you have ordered has arrived. Thank you for your patronage. What is with the questions on board? Those are the ones I answered with a piece of life advice. If you want to try it, there are a few conditions you must know before you do.
Truth to be told, Yuji Namiya is probably the gentlest human being we have ever read in all manga or light novels. Despite his old age, he tried his best to understand the problems and trends that were asked of him and see things that weren’t written in the letters. His actions and goodwill have influenced the people who seek his help to create a community or even a society that could change other lives for the greater good.
No matter where one comes from, there will always be a parent who needs their child to become the next successor of their business or legacy. But not every child is willing to follow in their footsteps as they have a dream of their own. Despite the differences in their life's purposes and dreams, parents would always be there, waiting for you to come back to a place called home and support your endeavour of reaching your dream job or objective as long as they are not illegal.
The story doesn't only focus on the three robbers who took refuge in the Namiya General Store. Because of this strange phenomenon, part of them still holds a heart to help others in need, providing meaningful advice to the people seeking advice from the store owner.
But that doesn't mean the problems they received were easy to tackle, they can be regarding romance, financial issues, finding ways to repay their foster family, and legacy. This may not be known to some people, but success comes in many forms and it is a subjective matter. You can easily count the amount of money you have, but time isn't something we can measure.
There was something that struck home to us when it comes to reading this book from Yuji Namiya or the author of this book: even if the question is a prank, they took the time to write it in riddles or questions to seek our help. Sometimes, they just don't know how to describe their situations, but that's okay. The way the author represents the solutions can be an eye-opening experience to how we should see life and enjoy the characters' journey and our own. Sometimes, finding the simplest solution can be the most difficult to conjure.
1. Very Mild Profanity
There were very few, depending on the story chapter that portrayed certain characters in them, scenes or conversations where they used colourful words, so if you were planning to purchase this book as a gift or for yourself, older teens or young adults would be the minimum age to read this book. But in terms of the overall story, it wasn't that bad in terms of the words used in this book.
The Miracles of the Namiya General Store is quite an eye-opening journey that reminds us that there always be a chance that one could change for the better by being there to support and solve their problems. The problems that were described in the story weren't something to look at at face value as they do indeed happened in real life. The beauty of family bonds and the strength and determination of parents who were willing to go so far as to protect their children. The appreciation is shown from the young generations to the ones who protect them. However, there was mild profanity written in this story which isn't too bad as very little of them were shown. Overall, it is a good book to read and experience how helping others could lead one to.