Synonyms: Hell Season, Jigoku no Kisetsu: Gurorizumu Sengen, When All's Said and Done, This Piece of Meat is Talking, Overflowing Stomach, Chrysalis, Rotten Bud, The Last Disposal Spot, The Holes, Shamless Ranger, Mechanical Destrucive Killcommand, Crowd of Shit-Sa
Ok this is one weird ass manga, this is a mixture of possibly the most strangest stories ever conceived by a person and all jammed into one strange manga. I have to say that if you are "faint of heart" or squeamish I HIGHLY ADVISE YOU DONT READ THIS!!!! OR EVEN LOOK AT IT!!!
Story 8 of 10:
This, like I said earlier, is a complication of a bunch of stories by multiple authors. So there is plenty of stories in this. the first few are extremely bizarre yet I found most of these to be highly hilarious because of the irony. Yet there are some (which
are very noticeable) that are so weird that i got lost while reading them and even after re-reading them still had no basic concept on WTF IS GOING ON!
Art 7 of 10:
Same here, it is by various authors so the art tends to change a lot. I personally hate the art style used in the first story that is told.
Character 4 of 10:
Characters do not have time to develop over the story in most cases, so they tend to be static and also tend to not even be named.
Enjoyment 9 of 10:
This is my own personal opinion and there is no way what so ever i am attempting to force it on anyone. I like a lot of fucked up shit, I found this manga to be rather funny and made me laugh quite a lot. I also like it when things confuse me to the point of no return.
THIS IS IMPORTANT! i can't really stress this enough. This is a GURO manga, for those of you that don't know what guro is, it is basically mutilation used in an erotic sense, or any form of pain used in said erotic sense. There is too many things in this manga a "normal" person will never enjoy, hell if your not normal I would think that you would find this manga extremely disturbing. This is all a matter of opinion and in my opionion, I liked this manga, but I will never suggest such a manga to any one under any circumstances .
Overall 10 of 10:
The manga that I have just reviewed is such a unique one that I can not help but admire it for that very reason. I have never in my life read anything as mentally disturbing as that manga. Now don't get me wrong I am not the type of person to go around saying I was disturbed by this and that I am going to have nightmares or something of that equivalence. But I will say that there will never, ever be anything quite as "unique" as this manga that I will ever read ever again in my life. I will forever remember this manga and I will always remember for the fact that it stood out from everything else I will ever and have ever seen, read, or heard of.
Gaping mouths filled with various bodily fluids, exposed and leaking pregnant stomachs, torn and stretched anal passages, pulsating body organs, severely bleeding and wide open vaginal entrances, mistreated amputee victims, etc. are all shown in great and unapologetic detail throughout this very stomach-churning and diabolically pleasing manga anthology.
"Hell Season" is the infamous and ferociously hardcore collection of short stories by some of Japan's most talented and relentless manga extremists (aka wonderfully wretched perverts who can draw and create genuinely filthy yet imaginative situations). This collection includes several well-known and wicked guro manga artists, such as Shintaro Kago, Waita Uziga, Jun Hayami,
and Henmaru Machino. Each story varies on effort and quality but they all are of the utmost depravity. This manga has in the last few years turned into somewhat of a test on how much one is able to stomach and handle sickeningly high amounts of twisted material. This anthology does not cop-out or soft-pedal its goal and focus. The quantity of horrific and surreal depictions of intensely violent and sexual acts involving much blood, gore, saliva, scat, and multiple other body secretions in this anthology is copious and plentiful.
Lovers of pitch black comedy and appreciators of fantastically gruesome artwork, such as myself, will enjoy this fierce collection; they will find it wickedly entertainingly. Also, those who possess gnarly and vile tastes in pornography will like it as well. Everyone else will be alienated and should steer very far away in another direction, unless they actually plan to be open-minded and experiment with something that is ridiculously over-the-top.
Overall, "Hell Season" is a solid collection of stories that all revel in disgusting severity. A nice sampling of many of the mangaka that work well in the small but harsh category known as ero guro nansensu (aka ero guro or guro). It is intricately drawn, queasily enjoyable, and a fine maximalist work of transgressive art in the format of manga.
Eight Brutal and Messy Human Intestinal Extractions out of Ten.
Being people have very deep traumas with sex, they see sexuality as disgusting, aberrant and disturbing, these authors must have some psychological problems that can draw manga maybe it is the only thing that makes them functional, because no psychiatrist or Psychoanalyst would let him leave without a lot of therapy and medication (I figured they would ask if they saw their mothers naked as children or their parents having sex or as a child they were raped or abused) Ok, jokes aside, I really do not recommend this to teenagers who are in puberty learning about sexuality, this could derail their sexual development.Only the
story of the Power Rangers is slightly interesting because of a criticism of the concept of Justice, but nothing that has not been done before and in better works, so it is not the story that redeems the anthology and the one that would make it worthwhile. It's a shame to read it, even among so much shit of mentally disturbed the last oneshot of Jun Hayami, interesting because one can notice a certain "ontological" "existential"
The story of Jun Hayami Guchi Mu Kanata (Love Letter From Far Away) could go through a story by Thomas Ligotti (or one of Junji Ito but with sex, Ito also has a problem with sexuality although he is less explicit)
When it comes to the genre of ero guro, Hell Season is one of its most extreme entries. This anthology collects short stories from some of the genre's most notable mangaka - Shintaro Kago, Uziga Waita and Jun Hayami - alongside more obscure ones; the only glaring omission here is any works of Suehiro Maruo. It also includes a few pages of bonus art by more underground artists. But as an introduction to the genre, it's probably the best; There's a wide variety of content here, but be warned - it's not for the weak of stomach. I mean, just about every taboo you can
think of is present and taken to its extreme. This book doesn't waste any time telling you either - it opens on a story about one woman's struggle with constipation, presented in full, nauseating color. There's another story about a girl watching her mother get vivisected alive, one about kids consumed by parasites, another about a girl who inexplicably grows holes all over. Suffice it to say, if you're morbidly curious and you're not going to be eating (or sleeping) for the next few days, it might be worth a read.
I just finished reading this and all I have to say is that I am empty of words—this blew me away. I was expecting it to be full of gore and sexual depravities just for the sake of it, but I was so wrong from thinking that. Now I do warn you, this isn't for the faint of heart; it's extremely graphic both violently and sexually and the acts that occur are drawn in exceptional detail. But if you're like me and find this morbid shit interesting, then you'll probably enjoy it like I did—it's definitely not for everyone.
It's divided into short stories
that have no relation to each other but do provide interesting messages, depravities, and characters. Some of the stories don't have messages though and usually are just substituted by shock instead, but even those stories can still provide an interest to the reader assuming they are interested in morbid things. I only found a few stories to hold any value, as in they left an impact on me. Thus, I give the story a 7/10 since not all of them left a great impact on me.
The art differed for each section and I liked that aspect. It gave the story more depth and meaning along with developing the characters. There were a few sections that either didn't look aesthetically pleasing (e.g. small, grainy, vague) or just didn't reciprocate what the story was trying to tell. But when it did fit, it did an astounding job at doing its job. I don't judge on 'how nice' the art looks but I just wanted to make note of that in case you may be concerned of that aspect. Like I mentioned earlier, the art does a wonderful job of illustrating and describing the events—almost too good if you understand what I mean. I will say, however, that this made certain aspects of the art hard to discern due to the abundance of detail, but other than that, I found it to be descriptive and detailed, for the most part. For art, I give it an 8/10.
The characters were interesting in the sense of what they underwent, not of their personalities; many of them were quite one-dimensional but, in my view, I suspect this was intentional. The characters symbolize the message being told in the stories rather than being their own person with unique thoughts and traits. Some of the stories, the ones not telling a message, did have this present but it was still quite one-dimensional, so I give the characters a 6/10.
Enjoyment is all subjective so my view will, certainly, differ from your's. For me, I found it to be interesting in the sense that it presented a variety of depraved stories and what would happen in the end. I appreciated the twists added to some of the stories which added to the enjoyment factor. Other than that, nothing else aided the enjoyment factor. Hence, I give enjoyment a 7/10.
With all these things in mind, I deduced my overall rating of this work to be 10/10 which differs from the ratings I gave above. The reason for this is because even with its flaws, I still found it to be remarkable and unique in its own way—something I don't see very often in manga. I find these morbid works to be fascinating in their own way and influential in their message, even if it's done through depraved means. So if you're into morbid, dark shit, then I'm sure you'll enjoy this work; I certainly did.