Domu: A Child's Dream
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Japanese: 童夢
English: Domu: A Child's Dream
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 1
Chapters: 4
Status: Finished
Published: Jan 19, 1980 to Jul 6, 1981
Genres: Award Winning Award Winning, Horror Horror, Supernatural Supernatural
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: Action Deluxe
Authors: Otomo, Katsuhiro (Story & Art)


Score: 7.291 (scored by 42774,277 users)
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Ranked: #49062
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Popularity: #1681
Members: 11,691
Favorites: 115


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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.



Dec 13, 2021
The manga was well-liked by a great number of people. That it was both enjoyable and disturbing at the same time piqued my interest, which I found interesting. When you see adults do terrible things, it might be disturbing. Children, with their still-developing minds, making the choice to survive gives us cause to be optimistic about the future. This is shown on a vast scale in this comic. Because of the extremes of power and the fact that the whole apartment complex acts as the background, the juxtaposition of youthful justice and adult bitterness is excellent.

While the events of the manga develop in a rather ...
Dec 24, 2020
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 ...
Aug 17, 2017
Mixed Feelings
-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 ...

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