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Synonyms: Satoshi Kon's Opus
Japanese: OPUS
English: Opus
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 2
Chapters: 19
Status: Finished
Published: Oct 1995 to Jun 1996
Genres: Adventure Adventure, Fantasy Fantasy
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: None
Authors: Kon, Satoshi (Story & Art)


Score: 7.721 (scored by 63166,316 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #16142
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #838
Members: 22,062
Favorites: 448


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As a conclusion to his serialized work Resonance, mangaka Chikara Nagai plans to kill off Lin, one of the most important characters, in an unexpected turn of events according to the popular view. Following a session of mostly negative feedback from his editor, Nagai faces yet another sleepless night drawing the last few panels of his manga.

In drowsiness, he discovers a furious Lin escaping after stealing the manga spread where he dies. Before Nagai can process anything, he gets sucked into the world of his own creation and finds himself amid a fight scene between the heroine, Satoko Miura, and the villain, "The Masque." Unable to distinguish between dream and reality, Nagai works with Satoko to search for an alternate ending to the manga, so he can find an exit and return to the real world.

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Opus was Satoshi Kon's final manga before he debuted in the anime industry through Perfect Blue. The manga was axed due to the cancellation of its publishing magazine. A missing end chapter to Opus was found after Kon's death.

The series was published in English by Dark Horse as a 2-in-1 omnibus volume on November 26, 2014. The publisher later released a complete omnibus volume. It was also released in French by Éditions IMHO from June 6, 2013, to November 14, 2013, and in Italian by Panini Comics from May 16, 2013, to July 13, 2013. Éditions IMHO's translation of the manga won the 2013 Asia Critics Prize from the Association des Critiques et des journalistes de Bande Dessinée.


The Masque


Jul 4, 2015

So, assuming you just ignored that warning, I'll say again that I will be spoiling the ending of Opus fully in order to discuss it, so readers be wary. If you just want a recommendation from me, this is it. Go and buy Opus on Amazon or wherever you can. It's a great read and completely worth your time, especially if you enjoy Kon's other work. The purpose of this review is to give readers some food for thought about the ending, and perhaps change how they felt about it if they were ...
Jun 3, 2015
Opus is a very unique manga, and holds a place in my heart for several reasons. Satoshi Kon sits on a pedestal as one of my favorite anime director's of all time, dazzling me with his gorgeous Inception-predecessor Paprika, and the psychological thriller that was Paranoia Agent. About a month ago I had stumbled upon a comic store near my University and decided to give it a go, spurred on by my childhood love for comic books. While perusing the small shop I came across a pile of unorganized books, and sitting at the top of the pile was Opus. The book's bright red ...
Apr 15, 2018
Mixed Feelings
Opus, better known as Satoshi Kon's Opus. is basically manga version of the 90's blockbuster movie Last Action Hero, starred by Arnold Schwarzenegger.

This time the creator of manga gets sucked inside his own work and becomes a character there. The settings remind of those seen in any battle tournament shonen where the main boy suddenly realizes the world is not what is seems and acquires a role in this newly found way of being. Only this time it is an adult man and he already knows everything about this new world because, well because he created it.

Unfortunately the idea itself is mainly just an ...

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