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Black Paradox

Alternative Titles

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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Information

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)

Statistics

Score: 7.261 (scored by 1488914,889 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #51242
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #666
Members: 26,966
Favorites: 378
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Volumes: /1
Chapters: /8

Synopsis

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)

Background

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.

Characters

Marisol
Main
Baracchi
Main
Piitan
Main
Miku
Main
Taburou
Supporting
Tsuyoshi
Supporting
Nagaoka
Supporting
Suka
Supporting
Tanio, Rei
Supporting
Yamanishi
Supporting

Reviews

Aug 30, 2023
Junji Ito's writing style can best be summarized by "literally".

Take a common saying, cliché or play on words and stick to the literal meaning dialed to 11/10. That's the normal plot for any Ito story.

Black Paradox is no exception. A group of people intend to commit group suicide, leaving this world to the next.

Well... guess what...

You can say that the real plot however is the line "The price of progress has been humanity's soul". I'll leave it at that to avoid spoilers.

Over all it's an interesting read with odd visuals. A bit meh compared to his other works though which is why I'm lowering the ...
May 30, 2020
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 ...
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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