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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 1314513,145 users)
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Ranked: #50652
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Popularity: #684
Members: 24,142
Favorites: 344
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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

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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 ...
Aug 29, 2019
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 ...

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It’s time to ditch the text file.
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