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Black Paradox

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Synonyms: Name Onna, The Licking Woman, Mystery Pavillion, Kaiki Pavilion, Strange Pavilion
Japanese: ブラックパラドクス
English: Black Paradox
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 1
Chapters: 8
Status: Finished
Published: Aug 2007 to Aug 2008
Genres: Drama Drama, Horror Horror, Supernatural Supernatural, Suspense Suspense
Theme: Psychological Psychological
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Authors: Itou, Junji (Story & Art)


Score: 7.261 (scored by 1483214,832 users)
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Ranked: #53022
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Popularity: #666
Members: 26,858
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Four people intent on killing themselves meet through the suicide website Black Paradox: Maruso, a nurse who despairs about the future; Taburo, a man who is tortured by his doppelganger; Pii-tan, an engineer with his own robot clone; and Baracchi, a woman who agonizes about the birthmark on her face. They wander together in search of the perfect death, fatefully opening a door that leads them to a rather bizarre destiny...

(Source: VIZ Media)

Included one-shots: Name Onna, Kaiki Pavilion (Strange Pavilion)


Black Paradox was published in English by VIZ Media under the VIZ Signature imprint on October 25, 2022. The English version does not include the one-shot "Name Onna." The series was also published in Spanish by ECC Comics on May 30, 2014, and in Polish by Japonica Polonica Fantastica on February 17, 2014, as part of Mega Manga series.


Tanio, Rei


Oct 1, 2017
There are 6 chapters telling the story of four people who met to commit group suicide. However, their attempt lead to a bizarre turn of events that opened the door to the spirit world and all the disturbing phenomena it carries with it.

As with every Junji Itou's story, the signature uneasiness and creep factor are always present, especially in the later chapters.

The charm of this story for me is how the spirit world is presented and how souls are depicted as beautiful gems (dubbed as "Paradoxical Night"). These sphere-like jewels brims with life that is also capable of immense destruction.

Moreover, I find the interactions among ...
Feb 3, 2019
Trigger warnings: suicide, suicide attempts, brief mentions of brain tumours
Review may contain mild spoilers depending on how you view a spoiler

Black Paradox is a one-volume manga by guro artist and author, Junji Ito. When a group of anonymous people meet through the Black Paradox website and join together to kill themselves, their lives take a sudden, unexpected turn. Following greed, fear, and loss of mental stability, Ito takes his writing to a whole new level with Black Paradox.

Now, as someone with suicidal tendencies, I actually very much enjoy how Ito utilises it within this manga. Although it won't be for everyone - and ...
Jan 26, 2018
Preliminary (4/8 eps)
Junji Ito's Black Paradox is an interesting story concept. A group of suicidal people grouping together to go to the other side and finding themselves wrapped up in a spiritual journey through another world definetly intrigued me when I was beginning to read it. Perhaps there is an important overarching theme or message to all of the supernatural events that occur in the story that require a little bit more digging. But I am not willing to do that digging because of how much it bored me to undeath.

It's very obvious that Ito is a horror director at heart. He is the master of the ...

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