Serialization: Shounen Ace
Score: 7.921 (scored by 7263 users)
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Popular Tagshorror mystery psychological
Dec 16, 2011
I thought it was good but not amazing.
I don’t read much of this genre but I'm into horror/psychological movies and things like that.I read something similar to this beforehand too. If my reading order had been reversed I'm sure I would have found this more fascinating.
It’s about two students who have an interest in death and murder. They take interest in several cases of serial killings in the general area. The story portrays the different reactions and interactions of the two main characters with each incident. It consists of four separate cases, one of them being related to Yoru's past. It’s full of gore, psychological theory, and a few twist.
I guess you can say the plot gives you three perspectives. Itsuki: the perspective of someone with the capability of being a killer, witnessing the work of another killer. The killer[s]: the perspective and inner thoughts of a killer, some even as they execute their work. And Yoru: the perspective of a naive, curious girl with a troubled past.
The main character, Itsuki, isn’t anything new for me at least. I've seen a few adaptations of the apathetic, dangerous, murder capable individual. Itsuki is never explained, has left completely vague. Nothing towards his past is really ever reveled, he is just a character born completely apathetic to emotion. He is able to appear as if he fits in to society, while consciously knowing he is different. He’s twisted, manipulative in some ways, and just downright creepy. Yoru's character is pretty original and interesting. Her past is defiantly an original story. I thought that that case was probably the closest thing to realism in the manga as a whole. Her character is explained and actually somewhat relatable, I can accept it to some understanding. I don’t think the cut on her wrist was ever explained though, maybe that was left for you to interpret indicating a dark past. I just thought since it was such a focus in the first case and Itsuki’s fascination with Yoru, it would be explained or at least used somewhere else in the story. I have some issues with the realism [I will explain further] but for Yoru, how often this girl gets kidnapped or watched, really now?
Yoru’s character being naive or just choosing to disregard the true danger that lies in Itsuki seems like a debated topic. I chose to believe she is just naive to Itsuki’s true capably. In the first case about the severed hands, Yoru seems more in control. As time progresses you can see Itsuki is truly the one in control, he enjoys keeping her close and toying with the idea of one day killing her. Yoru seems to view him more as a companion than a possible threat.
Now the realism, I guess the way the story is put together bothers me. It’s just not realistic in the least...how many serial killers exist in general first off, let alone around the same place, within the time span of a few years. On top of that how likely is it that the same people keep encountering them? They were interested in the cases but it’s not like they went out into society, actively looking to solve them. They would have some sort of run-in with the murderer and things would just fall into place. I get the whole idea the author was trying to display but I think it could have been pretty awesome if made into something that could actually happen.
I think the plot is an interesting idea, I haven’t read anything quite like it. I would have liked it if there was more left for you to figure out. The murders involved in these cases were unique in their own but I felt like I was just reading about murders, no real thought or problem solving involved, the story kind of does it for you.
Its a good read, I'd recommended it. Would I read it again? No. I would read the novel if i thought it would be any better depicting or creating suspense but I think I'll pass on it
Story: 7 [good]
Art: 8 [very good, considered a 9 for being graphically daring]
Character: 9 [great]
Enjoyment: 7 [good]
Overall: 7 [good]
Nov 2, 2008
Goth is a story about two students who are basically obsessed with death and murder cases. These students, Yoru Morino and Itsuki Kamiyama, don't initially talk to each other in school. After a brief encounter, they realize how much they have in common. Yoru usually ends up getting involved with some murderer and Kamiyama ends up either solving the case or making a fool of the criminal.
Art - I actually really liked the art. It was straight-forward and very easy to interpret, and I think that type of style was a good choice for this type of series. Some of the artwork for the more "horror" scenes were pretty interesting to see as well. Overall, I think the style of drawing fit well with the concept.
Character - Well, you only have the two main characters. In such a short length, we do get background on one of them (Yoru). As the manga reaches it's end, Yoru's background could become confusing if you don't pay attention, but overall it was good.
Enjoyment - 9/10. I'm typically a fan of mystery cases and considering Goth was about a bunch of murder mysteries, I really enjoyed it. If you enjoy a series that'll get you to think, then this series would be a good pick for you. Overall, Goth was a good manga series. ^_^ read more
Aug 26, 2013
Story : 8
As I said the story had quite a few plot holes ,but I personally chose to ignore them and enjoy the craziness of the story...I think the plot is interesting in its own way and I believe it's worth reading
Art : 7
The art was mediocre,but it didn't really bother me
Of course in a 5 chapter horror manga there wouldn't be any "deep" or "developed" characters ,but in my opinion the two main characters were interesting and somewhat original so they did kept me entertained...
Enjoyment : 10
Well,what can I say...I really enjoyed this manga even though someone could describe it as mediocre or even bad
Overall : 7
I think that horror/mystery manga fans should give Goth a try.It's pretty captivating since the beginning and if you don't have high expectations of it ,it'll probably keep you entertained until the end read more
Apr 25, 2012
It happened to be neither, and for that I am thankful. Goth in this title refers more to interest in the dark side of life. The sensation that gory images and horrible stories give people. It is about a girl and a boy who try to find out the motives behind certain killings in their neighbourhood, out of nothing but interest. When they start finding a lot of clues, they might be sucked in too deeply to return...
It is a one-shot manga, with only one volume. The downside of this approach is that neither the character nor the story has time to really evolve. Some events happen too quickly to leave an impression and the protagonists seem a bit hollow - with more time given, they might have become more real.
Despite those things, Goth still is a very entertaining manga. The story may be short, but it is an interesting story. The art is brilliant and makes up for the flaws as mentioned above. The gory details are not left out, but do not take a prominent part in the manga - which I am grateful for.
In conclusion: it is a very enjoyable manga, with a nice story but it a shame that the author did not allow himself more chapters to let the story evolve more naturally. read more
May 18, 2008
At first it was a novel,byOtsu-ichi,later adapted into manga(Kendi Oiwa)
The story follows two high-school students,who are fascinated by murder.Somehow,Yoru Morino,one of the main characters,is like an atraction to the 6 murder cases she is solving with Itsuki Kamiyama,her classmate.
Aug 9, 2013
The first three chapters go about three murder cases they solve, or rather that Kamiyama Itsuki solves. The last two chapters are centered in the main characters, and especially in Morino Yoru's past.
It would have been much better if the author had given us hints on the main story involving the main characters in the first three chapters. That would have given more unity to the whole manga, the characters would have gained in depth, and there would have been more mystery, apart from the gore.
However, the manga is entertaining. The stories are really creepy. The characters are interesting, even when they lack development.
The art is ok, dark, good gore scenes. But is has its flaws. As another reviewer has already stated, in chapter 5 a minor character gets mistaken for the main male character... and it is not a minor problem, as the scene is central to the development of the story. But -to be true- it most probably isn't a matter of bad art. The author wanted us to mistake them... which is no good. The minor character looks just as the main character, until the main character appears, and suddenly they no longer look so much alike. In other words, the artist tried to trick us... and I think that changing the look of the character for a few panels, in order to get us confused and generate a little suspense is not a valid resource.
I have the feeling that this manga had potential to be much better, but it is still interesting to read.
Aug 5, 2013
Readers expecting an intriguing plot or a suspenseful mystery will be disappointed. Goth describes itself as a fairy tale that replaces the traditional monsters with unusual and cruel criminals which accurately summarizes how – save for the first chapter where Morino calmly fends off and subdues the attacker that Kamiyama sends after her – each chapter dictates that she be caught by the villains and then rescued. Likewise, each mystery is solved within twenty pages of each forty or so page chapter. Goth’s strength comes from the character interactions between the detectives, criminals and victims. Kamiyama would love nothing more in the world than to see Morino murdered and mutilated but still continues to rescue her for unknown reasons. A boy whose girlfriend is driven to suicide seeks to be buried alive with her corpse rather than retaliate against the person responsible. Anybody who has any significance in the plot is insane, but insanity allows said cast to communicate and understand each other despite their differences in fetishes. This is a series that demands you to throw away all common sense and accept nuances and subtle clues to understand the complex minds at play and furthermore to more deeply enjoy the series.
Those familiar with the popular series about NEETs, Welcome to the NHK!, and have read the manga adaptation will recognize a familiar tone and art style in Goth. Ooiwa Kenji’s adaptation of Welcome to the NHK! surpassed both the light novel and anime in terms of utter despair and for that reason surpassed them in quality. He brings the same morbid atmosphere to Goth, making sure that no reader can enjoy this series detachedly. His gore scenes are used sparingly but to great effect and there is a nice blend of both stylistic and realistic scenes. The only thing that felt out of place were some of the cover art pages that signalled the end of the backstory and the actual beginning of the chapter. These depict Kamiayama and Morino in bizarre poses like in the former’s case with a fork and knife in hand and a skull in front of his plate or in the latter’s case in a BDSM suit. Perhaps it’s fan service.
Dec 13, 2009
This is by far one of the most original storyline which is lacking among today's mangas. Not many authors are willing to base characters on the obsessed or the morally lacking. But at the last verse at the end of the series, it shows that this series, is actually based on the same formula as most romance mangas. There are both the hero and heroine and how the hero saves the other but it honestly never really occurred to me. Maybe I'm rather slow. O_O but with such intent at the starting, the story really follows this motive but its interpreted in such a different way that I'm fairly impressed.
There isn't anything special. I'm not too keen about art but this manga lost its point in it because through out volume 5, I had mistaken a minor character as the main character. There wasn't much variation between the 2.
Superb. Simply original and superb. Though its a waste that there wasn't much background to the main character but its his lack of humanity that amuses me. The taboo word of inhumane gave me hope that there is still hope in modern literature, hope in authors to tackle the taboo themes.
The story despite its originality is more focused on its evolving of character. not so much on the mystery behind the crime and the genius of the main character, in fact its more on the psychological approach which also lacks. So don't expect some genius scheme of revealing the sick mind.
This manga is woth the read if you want a change of the typical genres. If you want a change in main characters, try this manga. Though it may contain some gore which can be a tad too disturbing to some, its worth a read.
Dec 7, 2012
It is not concidered as horror its more of gore which is okay but not for younge readers though :3
remeber this though it might be in your mind forever once you read it.
"There are people who kill and there are people who get killed"
Apr 12, 2012