There's an urban legend that says late at night, sometimes a young girl dressed in gothic lolita clothing will appear by garbage dumps to ask a question. Any who answer will, without fail, die a twisted death. And tonight, another young boy will find himself enveloped by this horror...
Story - I didn't know what to expect originally. I've read most of the Higurashi mangas and I've read Elfen Lied (and seen both the animes). I didn't think that anything I read would be much worse than these two... How naiive of me... When I started reading this I was alone in my room, in the dark and I had to sit downstairs in the company of others to finish reading it. I almost expect to see the lolita standing outside my door right now...
Anyway, the story was very well done with a couple of interesting twist. Creepy too!
Art - As others have said,
the art fit the manga perfectly. Especially the drawing of the creepy lolita with her empty eyes, bruised skin and her dirty clothing. All the horror sections were drawn very well.
Character - And I thought Rena and Lucy were insane, the development of the lolita is amazing. She is creepy and obsessive to no end. You really feel for the other characters that have to come across her.
Enjoyment - Enjoyment... Well, I read it in a couple of hours. I couldn't put it down and it creeped the hell out of me!
Overall - If you love horror manga, you will love this!
It amused me to see that the tags for this manga are "horror, run bitch runnnnnnn!, holy shit, seinen, horror, ryou haruka, and like really. :o"
That being out of my system, lets get to business! (I'll try to make a short one this time :p)
The story is good. The art suits the story. The character STAYS in character (especially the creepy lolita girl). The enjoyment? If you mean did it scare the crap outta me? Then yes, yes, it did.
It's unpredictable, which is a good thing in this kind of story. You expect that this thing will happen as a result of this
action, but heck, noooo, it didn't. Pity I can't say much since it will spoil the story.
The creepy lolita girl could be creepier. ...What? Hey, this is HORROR manga we're talking about.
Like I mentioned earlier, the character stays in character. The lolita girl didn't up and turned cute and all after 'her wishes came true'. Freaky, freaky girl...
It's a horror story that creeped me out, and it wouldn't keep to my expectations (in a good way). The pace kept me hooked, no slowing down at all.
In short, utterly terrible. A thankfully short, z-grade foray into old and tired horror movie cliches that almost look laughably bad with the shonen style art. I would say I really enjoy horror and thriller themed seinen stuff, but more in the vein of episodic, large, almost adventurous tales: bio-meat, cage of eden, kamisama no iutoori and higanjima are all great example of horror seinen done right for me (to varying degrees.) With Ibitsu, all I got was a blah little serial killer story full of dumb plot holes and a twist that I saw coming miles away. The way they kill off characters is
so predictable- part of the appeal of many gritty seinen manga to me is the unexpectedness or abruptness with which people meet their ends, even if you know its probably coming. None of that was here. There is no serious resolution here and it simply leaves you where it began, making invalid and useless everything that built up to it- this is true of so many slasher films nowadays. Whats even worse is how derivative of these slashers its truly is as every famous cliche is present: shadows darting forward and friends disappearing, a wacked out backstory involving psychiatric treatment, the old "hold the main character hostage and punish him out of love" routine, and body-switching themes. The characters themselves were the final nails in the coffin - vapid character archetypes with no depth at all. The serial killer and the main character was so typical, so boring,and so unlikable it was just lame. I did not find myself rooting for the hero to escape or on the edge of my seat for what would happen, because it became so tepidly clear what was going to happen. Skip it and watch a classic horror movie instead, same thing but way more entertaining.
This is my first review on here, so this won't be as good as the other reviews here. When I first the synopsis for this manga, I thought it was fascinating and creepy. I'm not a fan of horror films and after reading this manga, I am definitely not a fan of horror manga.
STORY - 8
Out of all the horror stories I've heard in film, tv, anime and manga, this is definitely unique. It is completely unpredictable, which will always make you hanging on the edge of your seat, wondering what happens next. For me, I was contemplating why I was reading
it because it was so scary but had to read on, just so I could know what happened in the next chapter.
ART - 8
The art of this manga suits it perfectly. I mean the artwork for the lolita was amazingly scary with the hollow eyes and dirty clothes, that you didn't particularly want to look at her too long. All of the horror scenes were drawn very well as well as the backgrounds.
CHARACTER - 9
Throughout the manga, the characters' personalities are consistent. Especially the lolita, who was scary as hell from start to finish. I mean if I ever came across a girl sitting amongst the garbage bags, I'd definitely turn the other way.. since I've read this manga, I'd more likely walk fast paced or even run away...
ENJOYMENT - 8
I'm saying 8 because despite how freaked out I was while reading this (always questioning why I was reading and hoping it would end soon), it was so enjoyable to read. I love reading something, where you are on the edge of your seat just waiting to see what happens in the next chapter or scene. Each scene relating to the lolita made me want to read on, curious to see what was her problem. I do admit there were a couple of scenes where I felt like screaming because I was so freaked out(!)
As I've noticed in other reviews, people aren't saying the manga isn't scary, but it is clear that they are used to the horror genre. So to those who aren't a huge fan of horror, such as myself, I don't think I'd recommend it.
OVERALL - 9
This is a really great horror story which you'll want to keep reading until the end (or wish you were at the end, if you aren't into horror). But if you love horror, then this is the manga for you!