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Synonyms: Imo-mushi, Ranpo no Imomushi, The Caterpillar
Japanese: 芋虫


Type: Manga
Volumes: 1
Chapters: 4
Status: Finished
Published: 2009
Genres: SeinenSeinen
Authors: Maruo, Suehiro (Story & Art), Edogawa, Ranpo (Story)
Serialization: Comic Beam


Score: 7.001 (scored by 601601 users)
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Ranked: #75962
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Popularity: #7603
Members: 1,441
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芋虫 [The Caterpillar], is an adaptation of the 1929 Edogawa Rampo short story of the same name. The Caterpillar is a haunting psychosexual tale of Lt. Sunaga, a disfigured and limbless veteran of WWI who returns home to his young and beautiful wife. Sunaga initially is given a hero's welcome, but is quickly forgotten and shunned because of his injuries. Unable to speak or care for himself, he is completely at the mercy of his wife as she grows to loathe and toy with him.

(Source: Same Hat! blog)


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Mar 12, 2015
Dokubachi (All reviews)
I was under impression that Mauro had no initial idea for this one, as far as outcome is concerned. It fluctuates between his tendency to shock the reader, and his attempts to convey a more profound story.

You will often notice themes such as moral perversion, hardship of an unorthodox situation, dysfunctional relationship, deprivation of human needs, and many other under scrutiny. Problem is that they are often, not really abruptly, but still interrupted by superfluous visuals of sexual nature. Due to it, reader could end up repelled and miss the excellent story hidden beneath Mauro's psycho-sexual outburst.

On the other hand, the detailed art read more
May 21, 2020
wife_cake (All reviews)
"imomushi"/"caterpillar" is the ultimate confluence of maruo's lifelong obsessions with edogawa ranpo (whose short story serves as the source material here) and with undermining japanese nationalism, imperialism, martialism, masculinity, and whatever other institutions you can smear shit on in a comic panel. prior to this the "new national kid" collection was maruo's most sustained assault on 20th-century japan, but as you might expect from work produced a decade later "imomushi," like maruo's recent "binzume no jigoku" collection, displays a newfound stylistic discipline. but this discipline should not be taken to imply respectability.

in fact "imomushi" is one of the few works to fulfill what i've read more
Sep 15, 2013
Nocti (All reviews)
I'm sad to say I was really disappointed by this manga.

I had already read Edogawa Rampo's short story "The Caterpillar", which is not only good but one of the best Japanese horror stories of all times. More than that... It is probably one of the masterpieces of horror literature in the world (hand in hand with Maupassant and Edgar Alan Poe, who the Japanese writer admired, his admiration being the reason for his pen name which is a japanization of Poe's name). The manga doesn´t get even close to the short story.

If I had to review this manga in a few words, I read more

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