While searching behind his desk drawer, Rin finds a hand drawn map of his neighborhood with a big X marking a specific spot. He doesn't recognize it, because he must have drawn it a long time ago, but he's curious to see what he marked with that X. Three childhood friends join him, and they discover an abandoned chest of drawers at the X location. Wondering if there might be something inside, Rin pulls open the drawers and unknowingly unleashes a horrific chain of events...
One day, two best friends finds a piece of paper hidden inside his drawers, it was a map drawn by children so they figure they must've drawn it when they were younger, so they proceeded to follow the map because there was an X marked in the middle of the woods, arriving at the opening of the woods, they meet two other friends and entered the forest even though it was barricaded and a sign was posted warning people not to enter, then there's a wooden drawer in the spot where the X was marked...
anyway, it's in the summary, I think this was inspired by
I didn't like how it ended, the author wanted it to feel like one of those horror films that ends up on the point where they show 'it's not the end of the haunting' scene, plot twist was bad, to the point I just skimmed the dialogues, art was a little messy although the hair was very good
characters were cliche mediocre horror characters,
overall, this was a waste of time
Right off, I just want to say that as of yet, I have been unable to find the fifth and final chapter to this series and therefore this review will only be covering the first four chapters. I normally would wait for the last chapter to come out, but it seems the last chapter came out over almost a year ago so... If I manage to find this last chapter I will edit this review, but until now, this is all you get.
The plot to Hiki is an original one yet it feels like it's been done before. The concept of a creepy looking
girl's head and/or arms appearing whenever the protagonist Rin pulls or tries to grab something is interesting, yet as of chapter four, it has not been explained at all or how it really ties into the wordrobe in the woods.
As mentioned as well, the plot feels like it's been done before, probably largle due to how similar the girl's head is to that of the Grudge.
Finally plot wise, the entire thing seems very episodic, going from one incident of the head appearing to another without much development or actual plot substance given, making the series seem rushed and a bit of a cry for "This could have been so much better!" It's a good idea, but sadly it wasn't pulled off very well.
The art, on the other hand, is quite good. Not perfect though as the characters do go a bit off model a couple times in each chapter, usually when the head pops out to say hello. The art has a very unique and viseral feel to it though that helps to pull the series along. All the characters are distinguishable, not just the same character model with different hair.
Which brings us to characterization oddly enough. This is another weak point the series has. A lot of the characters seem like they could be interesting and we really want to see them developed more instead of just skimmed as they are. This can be blamed a fair bit simply on how short the series is, but even so it really feels like they threw in a lot of unneeded side characters. For example, the girl in chapter three who seems to be more or less stalking Rin yet she NEVER APPEARS AGAIN after being in all of two scenes despite seeming to have an interesting background based on what little we found out about her.
I'm not gonna lie, I did enjoy this probably a bit more than it deserved. It's a good idea that sadly went to the dumps and the horror scenes often end up funnier than they were scary.
I really wish this had been better, but I can't give this more than a 6 out of 10. If you're looking for a bad horror to laugh at, feel free to try this, but otherwise don't bother. Also if you do plan to read this, be prepared for some bad fan translations as that's all this is available in right now for English speakers, and it's some of the worst translating I've seen in a while.