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Black Paradox

Black Paradox

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: The Licking Woman, Mystery Pavillion
Japanese: ブラックパラドクス


Type: Manga
Volumes: 1
Chapters: 8
Status: Finished
Published: 2009
Authors: Ito, Junji (Story & Art)
Serialization: Big Comic Spirits


Score: 7.331 (scored by 5583 users)
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Ranked: #53952
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Four people meet for a group suicide but their end is a bizarre world that is unheard of.

Included one-shots:
The Licking Woman, Mystery Pavillion


Black Paradox was 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.


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Oct 1, 2017
jmsjrdn (All reviews)
There are all in all 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 phenomenon it carries with it.

As with every Junji Itou's story, the signature uneasiness and creep factor is always present especially on 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 read more
Oct 11, 2018
aiko_fujita18 (All reviews)
Black Paradox is a short read, that I read while needing to pass time, as well as submerging myself into the weird but gripping world of Junji Ito's works.

The story was good, each chapter created new story out of each chapter, while still holding true to the plot. Which is about group suicide. The story takes a turn which won't be revealed here of course, because it would be a spoiler, but it's different from the main idea of, you guessed it, group suicide, running away from their doppelgangers, etc. The chapters still hold up to Ito's classic creepy and twisted art, causing a page read more
Nov 26, 2012
truisms (All reviews)
A one-volume horror story about a group suicide that goes wrong in the strangest way possible.

Story: The story itself is very bizarre and grotesque, based around a group of suicidal adults who find portals to another world filled with a new kind of stone, beautiful and extremely valuable. How far will they go to exploit this new stone? The story questions the depths of human greed and selfishness using this bizarre premise.

Art: Ito's people are easily distinguishable, with expressions that are cliche but understandable. Where the art really shines is in its depictions of the frequently-grotesque portals and the more horrific aspects of this manga. read more
Jan 26, 2018
mistaxfacta (All reviews)
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 read more


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