Black Paradox
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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
Genres: Drama Drama, Horror Horror, Supernatural Supernatural
Theme: Psychological Psychological
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: Big Comic Spirits
Authors: Ito, Junji (Story & Art)


Score: 7.271 (scored by 1030410,304 users)
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Ranked: #45102
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Popularity: #714
Members: 18,585
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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.


Tanio, Rei

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Oct 1, 2017
Wotakunai (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
May 30, 2020
Nyanda (All reviews)
Black Paradox is one of those manga one has to have a specific taste for to fully enjoy and understand what the author intends to deliver. Junji Ito is a pretty unique manga author, not quite giving me the ero-guro I massively have read but curiously maintaining the crocked art style as one would see out of ambitious authors like Kago Shintaro and Uziga Waita. Junji Ito gave himself a pretty solid name in horror style any kind of horror manga enthusiast should give a chance.

The story starts pretty straight to the point; four different individuals find themselves together, each one having a reason to read more
Aug 29, 2019
AmericanPopMusic (All reviews)
This review doesn't contain specific spoilers, but I will talk about the plot in broad strokes.

Black Paradox, published in 2009, is your standard Junji Ito fare. That is to say, this manga is delightfully eerie and uncomfortable. Unlike something like Uzumaki, Black Paradox isn't particularly nausea inducing, though there is quite a bit of body horror as you'd expect considering the author. The included one-shots, The Licking Woman and Mystery Pavillion, are also worth reading though I won't get into them as they're both a single chapter.

Black Paradox concisely depicts the trials and tribulations of four young people who, while not being familiar with one read more
Feb 3, 2019
doctorminsuks (All reviews)
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 read more


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