English: Lychee Light Club
Synonyms: Raichi Hikari Club
Published: May 7, 2005 to May 3, 2006
Authors: Furuya, Usamaru (Story & Art)
Serialization: Manga Erotics F
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Mar 11, 2010
Yes, it is very, very explicit.
Litchi Hikari Club is an adaptation of a theatrical play of the same name that was performed at the Tokyo Grand Guignol Theatre in 1985.
(For those who do not know, the original Grand Guignol was located in Paris, France, and became infamous for it's horror-themed performances that involved large amounts of violence and gore. It was later closed in 1962, due to World War II and the Holocaust making people realize that violence isn't exactly hilarious.)
Litchi Hikari Club tells the macabre tale of the club of same name, which involves a boy named Zera and his eight followers attempting to create the ultimate Artificial Intelligence. And then everything goes horribly wrong. This may sound a bit average, but it's executed so well that it even breaks away from the genre it's supposed to be. This isn't just porn and gore, there's drama with twisted romance, as well as friendships, betrayals, and a plot that's built off of both ancient and modern philosophy. All in one volume, to boot.
The beginning of the manga took a little bit for me to get into (the German dialogue surely didn't help, aside from creating the creepy mood), but after that the ball dropped and didn't stop rolling until the last page.
If there's one thing that should stand out with Litchi Hikari Club, it's the artwork (which surely you must have noticed by now). To put it simply, it's incredible. Usamaru Furuya's ability as a mangaka is quite remarkable, and any fan of manga artists such as Tajima Sho-U (MPD Psycho, Galerians) and Obata Takeshi (Death Note, Bakuman) will easily be drawn in by his style. While many of Furuya's older works have a rather average to mediocre style outside of his more detailed fine-art inspired panels (take Palepoli for example), he draws the characters of LHC with large amounts of detail, as well as creating backgrounds that define the industrial-dystopian-esque wreck they live in.
And sticking true to it's roots, the gore is drawn equally as well. It's intense, enough to make any fan of horror and the grotesque look away (but then they'll have to look back again, it's so painstakingly drawn to detail.)
For the most part, the manga adaptation of Litchi Hikari Club sticks with the original, aside from what looked like one name that was changed. Although the majority of the characters dress in a similar school uniform, each has their own unique personality quirks that separate them from one another, from Zera's sick and twisted Elagabulus-esque complex to Kaneda's constant thumb nomming.
However, due to the length of the manga, most character development is cut short on the secondary characters and left to the protagonists. This is kind of forgivable in my eyes, since it's still part of the horror genre, which usually leaves out developement and sticks with stock character types, but I would've liked to have known a little more about the less important members of the club.
Litchi Hikari Club does everything it should do for a series of the ero-guro and yaoi genres, and more. It's shocking, twisted, and leaves such an impact (the final chapter comes to mind instantly) it's near unforgettable. As I've said before though, if you're not interested in a series built on violence and lewdicity, you may want to check out something else.
Litchi Hikari Club was able to carve itself a bloody niche in my manga-loving heart. It was made with such panache that it could actually give a positive light to the ero-guro and yaoi scenes.
If you need a good scare, a devious plot, or just want to look at some great artwork, Litchi Hikari Club is the manga to pick up. It's a guilty pleasure that's worth the time.
Nov 12, 2012
Story - 7:
Without giving too much away, Litchi Hikari Club is about a deranged group of students who aim to make the perfect, or at least a functioning, AI robot. They worship their number 1, Zera (Tsunekawa) as a god, and he compares himself to Elagabulus, a Roman emperor who came into power early in life.
The story had a simple concept and I really liked the ending. It was completed really neatly in one volume of manga, without any loose ends to ponder over. I enjoyed this manga because it didn't need me to think at all. However, the twist at the end didn't really seem to fit. It was like reading a crime novel and finding out about every other character except the killer (example - "A Rare Interest In Corpses" by Ann Granger).
Art - 7:
Nothing super. The blood is drawn like tiger stripes over everything when the people are attacked. Sometimes it just feels like thick paint instead of blood. Maybe that's just how it flows. The backgrounds didn't sway me, all the same, but not bad.
Character - 7:
In terms of character development, it's only 1 volume of manga, so you couldn't expect too much. It was sad seeing the generation of the Hikari Club, and what it came to be, and how that affected all the characters. As you were dealing with quite a few characters in a short manga, the difference between each was little. They all said pretty much the same things until the climax in the manga.
Enjoyment - 6 - 7:
Easy to read, no thinking. Blood and gore incited no feelings of disgust or otherwise. It was satisfying to reach the end and see what had come to be, and I did get a little teary.
Overall - 7:
Yeah, seven. Might read again, might watch the series. Probably won't remember the details of it next week. read more
Sep 27, 2012
I read this in one sitting, and I'm feeling disturbed. The intense gore and small amount of yoai I could tolerate, just, but there are a few scene that didn't sit well with me. So if this straight away doesn't seem appealing skip it.
I feel any criticism I give will be kind of redundant as what I didn't like about it was the aim of the material. Gore was to intense for me, the characters are terrible human beings and unrelatable to me.
The secondary characters I felt were a little undeveloped, but it's only 9 chapters long, and the romance subplot (the one with the girl) I found cliché.
The art was extremely well drawn though, so gore fans should be impressed.
I mainly checked this out because of the up coming anime adaptation and I have to say I'm not going to watch it. I'm a little surprised that it got a show, I expect a lot of censoring or off camera implications.
So really just realise what your getting into. I guess I could recommend it as a dare read. read more