The Crater
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The Crater

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Japanese: ザ・クレーター


Type: Manga
Volumes: 3
Chapters: 17
Status: Finished
Published: Jul 31, 1969 to Mar 19, 1970
Genres: Horror Horror, Mystery Mystery, Sci-Fi Sci-Fi
Demographic: Shounen Shounen
Authors: Tezuka, Osamu (Story & Art)


Score: 7.121 (scored by 397397 users)
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Ranked: #62372
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Popularity: #11113
Members: 1,135
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"The Crater" is a series of short complete stories ranging in genre from suspense to mystery and horror. In the second episode entitled "The Octagonal Mansion," a boy who is undecided over what to do with his life happens to go to an octagonal mansion, where he can start his life all over again. The 8th episode, "The Bell Rings" features three people who are haunted by tinkling bells that won't let them forget their past sins. Some stories end happily, while others don't. But all of them have the unforgettable imagery typical of Tezuka Osamu's short stories.



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Mar 23, 2020
NosyMuggle (All reviews)
The Crater is not just one story, but a collection of 17 different stories (with the last one being called "The Crater") of supernatural mystery.
I've read in some articles that it was made during an experimental period in Tezuka's career. He was transitioning from his adventurous and chldish-focused stories (like Lost World, Astro Boy, Kimba the White Lion etc) to write more mature content. So The Crater is an experimental work; he was trying new stuff and made a collection of short stories to see how it would go. I think this fact is the answer to my opinion on each chapter: some of them read more
Mar 10, 2012
NimbusC (All reviews)
The Crater is a collection of 17 short stories by manga genius Osamu Tezuka that delve into the recurring tribulations of boy hero Okuchin, as he is moved from one dark scenario into another. With each story grounded in the horror and science fiction genres, and all ending on a twist - whether you see it coming or not - The Crater becomes like a manga equivalent of 'The Twilight Zone'.

Tezuka's storytelling is potently effective with his usual rapid-fire pacing, his combination of dramatic irony with comedic relief, and his self-insertion into at least two or three of the stories. Because of all this, one read more
Jan 17, 2012
Hououin-Kyoma (All reviews)
Story: 6
most of them are good stories, but they just all go way too fast. It misses the drama.

Art: 4
Very outdated, but it is very old. I just hate how people walk in the beginning of the series. Everything is too cartoony

character: 8
I really like how Ruuichi is almost in every story the main character. You really grow attached to him

Enjoyment: 8
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