Ningen Shikkaku
No Longer Human
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Ningen Shikkaku

Alternative Titles

Japanese: 人間失格
English: No Longer Human
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 3
Chapters: 24
Status: Finished
Published: May 2, 2017 to Apr 20, 2018
Genre: Drama Drama
Theme: Psychological Psychological
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: Big Comic Original
Authors: Itou, Junji (Story & Art), Dazai, Osamu (Story)

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Score: 7.841 (scored by 59625,962 users)
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Ranked: #10732
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Popularity: #1134
Members: 14,364
Favorites: 360

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Synopsis

"Mine has been a life of much shame."

"I can't even guess myself what it must be to live the life of a human being."

Plagued by a maddening anxiety, the terrible disconnect between his own concept of happiness and the joy of the rest of the world, Yozo Oba plays the clown in his dissolute life, holding up a mask for those around him as he spirals ever downward, locked arm-in-arm with death.

Osamu Dazai's immortal—and supposedly autobiographical—work of Japanese literature, is perfectly adapted here into a manga by Junji Ito. The imagery wrenches open the text of the novel one line at a time to sublimate Yozo's mental landscape into something even more delicate and grotesque. This is the ultimate in art by Ito, proof that nothing can surpass the terror of the human psyche.

(Source: VIZ Media)

Background

Ningen Shikkaku was published in English as No Longer Human by VIZ Media as a 3-in-1 omnibus volume on December 17, 2019.

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Jan 13, 2020
Mixed Feelings
Junji Ito isn't a great writer. He's excellent at monster design, and drawing strange, gross creatures and gore, but his characters are often flat, boring, and interchangeable. They're just a means to an end, a literary device, a blank slate for the reader to relate to. Their only purpose is to get spooked by the strange, gross creatures Ito is obviously far more interested in.

No Longer Human is an excellent, character driven novel about one man's decent into decadence. Its horror (if you can even call it that) is internalized. A man slowly self-destructs due to addiction, mental illness, and his own nihilism. It's a ...
Jan 27, 2020
No Longer Human by Junji Ito is classic Japanese novel reimagined by a classic horror artist. The keyword here is "reimagined". While this version follows the original closely, it is still remade to fit the style of Junji and expands the story with more content. This is indeed the one complaint readers might have with this work, but it isn't necessarily a bad thing. This wasn't meant to be a 100% adaptation of the origina and change doesn't always have to be bad. Ultimately, the novel and this manga are two different books that should be judged separately.

The original story is one of existentional ...
Jan 25, 2020
Junji Ito has done it again. When Ito is not working on his own material, he seems to pick up my favourite literary works and adapts them into the manga medium. Following Frankenstein he has now also tackled Osamu Dazai's No Longer Human. An odd choice, actually. No Longer Human might be schocking, depressing and even terrifying to some, but it has never been intended as a work of horror.

It's worth noting, that this is also not the first time a manga artist has tackled this source material within the medium, as Usamaru Furuya had already drawn his version of the story between the years ...

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