Domu: A Child's Dream
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English: Domu: A Child's Dream
Japanese: 童夢


Type: Manga
Volumes: 1
Chapters: 4
Status: Finished
Published: Jan 19, 1980 to Jul 6, 1981
Genres: Horror Horror, Supernatural Supernatural
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: Action Deluxe
Authors: Otomo, Katsuhiro (Story & Art)


Score: 7.341 (scored by 33183,318 users)
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Ranked: #38542
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Popularity: #1748
Members: 8,198
Favorites: 93

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A twisted old man, gifted with extrasensory powers, silently holds sway over an entire block of apartments. The occupants are puppets for him to control. Life is his to give...and to take. But suddenly there is a new voice in his head, and before he knows it, a young girl with her own battery of psychic abilities has arrived to challenge him! Soon, the sprawling complex becomes a battleground between two minds possessing incredible, unimaginable power.

(Source: Dark Horse)


Doumu won the 4th Japan Science Fiction Grand Prix award, the first graphic novel ever to be awarded such an honor, and was granted an excellence award at the 1981 Japan Cartoonists Association Award.

The series was published in English as Domu: A Child's Dream by Dark Horse in individual volumes in 1995 and was compiled together in February 13, 1996 (re-issued in 2001) which was one of Dark Horse's top sellers for that year.


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Dec 16, 2008
Beatnik (All reviews)
A dreary apartment complex somewhere in Japan has been suffering all manner of weird inexplicable deaths for a few years by the time this story opens with the police investigation of yet another suicide.

We follow the chief investigator as he goes through the procedural motions of trying to find out what’s going on, and then by the end of the first chapter we meet our antagonist, hovering above the ground slightly, dressed in the spoils of his demented war against random working class people trying to get through their days in peace.

The malevolence displayed by this elderly man really is despicable not only because of read more
Apr 20, 2017
YesterdaysJoe (All reviews)
This manga was nothing short of revolutionary. I can only imagine Katsuhiro Otomo had a vision, and suddenly knew what future manga should look like. The character designs were out of this world, and immediately copied by his contemporaries (most notably Naoki Urasawa, or even in shoujo (Banana Fish)). Every detail in his artwork was breathtaking and a giant leap forward for the medium in general.
The pace picks up a few notches compared to any other manga of the time. And the psychological mindfuckery may seem normal to anime-lovers, but it wasn't ever done this effectively, until Otomo came along and added the intensity that read more
Aug 17, 2017
TheAnimeFilms (All reviews)
-This review is in English and Spanish.
-Esta review esta en Ingles y Español.


This manga is one of the first works of Katsuhiro Otomo and that I sit the bases of Akira, here begins the review.

The story presents an interesting premise, a mass of mysterious deaths surrounding an apartment building,while it looks like the cops are looking for an answer, the beginning of the manga is very good,hypotheses are shown and works well, While some characters are presented, Although from the middle of the manga begins a sudden spiral of confused violence that, without any reason besides that it does not clarify many things at the read more
Dec 24, 2020
RobotSpaceCowboy (All reviews)
From the same creator of Akira, if you are a fan of that manga I would recommend this; it's a quick read and has a lot of similar elements. Fans of Stranger Things might also enjoy this.

This manga would make for a great Netflix or HBO 12 episode miniseries. There were some solid ideas here that could maybe have been stretched out a little more for impact. For example, the deaths have little suspense or gravitas because they occur so abruptly that concern for particular characters is minimal. As well, the killer is revealed so early in, it would make for a much better read more

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