In Cell by Cell, I look deeply into the panels of an issue, appreciating and analyzing the story and artistic composition.
The page break takes us from the morning’s lessons to the evening’s dinner. The layout patterns the panels on top of each other like a scrapbook, creating a feeling of nostalgic memory. To be certain, these two pages are probably golden moments tinged with regret for their briefness to all four Maki family members.
Cell 1 is an establishing frame of outside the house. The dark blues in the coloring establish evening. The point-of-view is average enough to be objective but angled and distanced just enough to suggest a possible watching eye at night, perhaps a drone camera. This possibility is cemented by Makoto in the final panel.