Ranked #1219

Nijigahara Holograph (Manga)

Nijigahara Holograph

Alternative Titles

English: Nijigahara Holograph
Synonyms: Rainbow Field Holograph
Japanese: 虹ヶ原ホログラフ


Type: Manga
Volumes: 1
Chapters: 15
Status: Finished
Published: 2003 to 2005
Authors: Asano, Inio (Story & Art)
Serialization: Quick Japan


Score: 7.881 (scored by 5605 users)
Ranked: #12192
Popularity: #308
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Suzuki is a troubled boy. He's lived with uncaring foster parents for most of his life, alienated from the other kids at his school, owner of a cynical, unhappy mentality. Komatsuzaki is a violent, unpredictable bully whose head trauma causes him to act in mysterious, inexplicable ways.

Arakawa is a no-nonsense, normal girl who pines after Komatsuzaki but can never have him. A teacher with just one working eye. A mother who committed suicide. A daughter in an endless coma. Attempted rapes, murders, extortion, sexual deviance, and a freakish explosion in the butterfly population. All of these elements are whirled together in a story spanning 10 years, a tale of blackness, pain and apocalypse. And maybe just a bit of hope and redemption.

It's a spiritual cross between the misanthropic suburban malevolence of Kyouko Okazaki's River's Edge and the eerie mysticality of Donnie Darko.

(Source: Mangascreener)


Nijigahara Holograph was published in English in hardcover format by Fantagraphics on March 19, 2014.


Suzuki, Amahiko
Suzuki, Amahiko
Komatsuzaki, Kota
Komatsuzaki, Kota

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Feb 25, 2010
This is one of those stories you tend to read over and over again just so you could make more sense out of it and no matter how many times you read it, you find something different about it, something you never noticed was right there. That is the beauty of Nijigahara Holograph, and the gift which comes from the genius mind of Inio Asano, the creator of the beautiful manga, Solanin.

It's funny how the name, Rainbow Field Holograph, is somewhat of a contrast to the theme of the manga. Where the title gives the reader the feeling that the manga will be full of read more
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Aug 22, 2008
Nijigahara Holograph is a Seinen, Psychological, Mystery, Drama that will take anyone brave enough to read it, on a mind-trip. This is quite the experimental manga, as it delves into a realm that hasn’t been entered before, so you can expect to become lost in the intricate plot.

One of the trickiest things to explain, about Nijigahara Holograph, is the story & plot because it is hard enough to comprehend, let alone articulate it in words. The manga is like a montage of the lives of different people, who are all interconnected in some way. There are numerous themes but the ones most prominent are on read more
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May 31, 2015
Remember when you read great pieces of literature in school and then spent two weeks analysing the different themes, motives and subplots of the work?

Well, if there is one manga that deserves to be explored in such detail after the first reading, it is probably this one.

Let's get the obvious parts out of the way. This is an Asano manga and, as such, it offers the common elements of coming-of-age drama, existential anxiety and depression, hard-hitting social and psychological realism and the overall ugly side of human nature.
The unique aspect of this particular work is the amount of supernatural and philosophical elements who play a read more
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Aug 31, 2015
Asano Inio's works are known for the mature, realistic and character driven stories, that ranges from slice of life to psychological horror stories. Nijigahara Holograph is one of Asano's published works, but where to begin this manga? The story narrated was difficult to follow, and after reading it for a second time, it still wasn't clear what its ultimate purpose was.

The story of Nijigahara Holograph revolves around the lives of Suzuki, a troubled boy; Komatsuzaki, an unpredictable bully whose trauma causes him to act in inexplicable way. Arakawa, who is in love with Komatsuzaki. A daughter in coma, a mother who committed suicide. Together with read more
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