I have NEVER read or seen a manga like this. You can comprehend the beginning pretty well but as you move along, in my opinion, it's a very bizarre story of cause and effect. By page 13, we see an extremely complex happening all at once thus the cause and effect begins. Then after that I honestly have no idea what starts happening lmao. But I continued because it's only 16 pages long and the art itself kept me going. It is outstanding. The 3D concept is out of this world. I have never seen a manga artist like Shintaro Kago take manga to the
next level like he does. So that's why it really disappoints/maddens me to see people rate this manga, including his other works, so low because "there's nothing really to it," but really there is SOOOOOOOOO much to this manga; that is why I stress to future readers you MUST approach Kasutoro Shiki with a completely open and different mind. Just because there is no obvious plot line, can't we appreciate a manga solely for it's art if it's done just as perfectly as Kasutoro Shiki's was????
through the whole thing the only thing i could say/think was "wow".
after reading a lot of the negative opinions on this story(bad, confusing, didn't make since, had no point, disturbing, etc), all i could think then was "wow". i mean really. this story is meant to be complex but simple at the same time. its abstract! of course it'll be out of the ordinary. it probably gives different meanings to different people, but to me, i dont think there is a meaning to it. the fact that this story is so unique and magnificent and was only 16 pages long, is pretty amazing. yea there
was some "mature" scenes, but for those who thought it was disturbing, then why the hell are you reading manga that are clearly labeled as "mature" anyways? and besides, its ART. its not really meant to be perverted. in all honesty, ive never read anything like this, but im really glad i did. i cant explain it, but its like it opened my mind to something i didnt know before, something ive never seen. it broaden my horizons i guess you could say. yea it couldve been a little less crude but none-the-less i say this story is genius.
Creatively distorted art style mixed with a dose of insanity. KAGO is a force to be reckoned with. Prepare yourself for protuberantly perverse depictions which convey over the top satirical mockeries of various thematics.
In Abstraction he displays his idiomatic style more impeccable than in any other work of his -- by neglecting the story, and experimenting with the visual presentation. Is there any message in this ? Perhaps the never ending continuity of events, one event causes another, various possible outcomes, or just his message to not be limited by mainstream boundaries and be unique.
In Oral Cavity Infectious Syndrome one can notice on a
more careful observation that Shintaro incorporated himself as a character. Due to that it could contain some personal note, but on another scale it makes a mockery of sexual diseases, infidelity, and the most hilarious of it all, compliment on the size of his manhood.
Genesis juxtaposes various thematics with evident satirical overtone, and appears to be a sort of a nonsensical mumbo jumbo with references on absurdity of multiple religions, humanity's reliance on higher forces, manga tropes, and literary devices which KAGO himself uses at the end and slaps you in the face.
Multiplication is possibly the most ambiguous of them all but still provides substantial amount of enjoyment. The focus is mostly on exploitation of visuals which contain Shintaro's usual idiosyncrasies, with subtle allusions to dragging of the plot and ruination of it via nonsensical sub-plots created out of the primary idea.
Blow Up and The Memories of Others lack the brilliance of previous ones. As they also incorporate distorted and unique presentation, they fail to add something more to that.
Lord of the Ring is an excellent parody on LotR enveloped in Shintaro's bizarre touch, and when I say bizarre I solely refer to sumo characters thrown into disgusting showdowns, which can be best summarized in this sentence : " I LOST AGAINST HIS NIPPLES !!! "
A very troubling and bewildering manga.
It wasn't bad, the creative flow of it really shined through~
At it's first read-through it's pretty hard to understand, that or it was meant for the very mentally achieved. It's amazing in it's own sense, I've never encountered a style such as this one! I would definitely suggest it to the Horror genre crowd, as I enjoyed the bizarreness of it all.
In it's entirety it is a inspiring work in it's own~
It was meant to be a on-shot~~