One day, the world found out about newly discovered star, that was "eating" other stars. At first, it was so far away, that it became just a nice curiosity entertaining people in their normal daily lives. Then, it begun to come closer and closer, finally eating some of the solar system's planets and taking a straight course for Earth itself...
Hellstar Remina is a spectacular tale of ultimate and unavoidable destruction of humankind, that came unexpected and without humanity's own "help". It's also a solid overview of how people can't cope with their own most primitive instincts (blind revenge), even in the face of final doom.
(Synopsis rewritten from a short note on one of the Junji Ito's fanforums & mentionings on 4chan's bbs)
Jigokusei Remina was published in Spanish by ECC Comics on August 26, 2015. It was also published in Polish as Remina - Gwiazda Piekieł by Japonica Polonica Fantastica in July 2014 as part of "Mega Manga" series.
well, this is one of manga will always be my reminder, to be cautious when press random when searching manga, as i thought nothing could be any better than this, this is pure nightmare, mate.
so the story is kinda random stuff, well what can you expect , this story is mixing whatever human will be,if they're in the face of great unknown, because of that, it led to despair, that always occuring in this plot, until the end, that certainly nightmare.
Cthulu monster certainly interesting stuff.
character is kinda your usual , but the art to symbolize the nightmare, well,..
Overall (8/10) - If you like some other Junji Itou stories (especially Uzumaki), or you really like horror, go ahead and read this. This definitely wont be a waste of time.
If you have never read his works before, this might be a good one to start with. It's creepy but not as gross as a lot of his other works (Gyo, Uzumaki, and many of his short stories), so I would say it is a good introduction.
Story (9/10) - The plot is much more developed and exciting compared to a lot of this mangaka's other works - it seems like Uzumaki is his only other story to top this one. The story is rather mysterious since the whole time you are wondering what is up with this strange so-called hellstar, and exciting because Remina has to do a whole lot of escaping from the other very panicked people.
The pacing is perfect. Somehow he manages to cram in quite a bit into one volume.
Hellstar Remina also is super unique plot-wise, as all of Itou's works tend to be. But it does get a little too ridiculous and unbelievable near the end, which stops it from being a full 10/10.
Art (9/10) - His art style here is consistent with his other works and adds to the atmosphere. However, it is by no means the best art in the world nor the most detailed.
Character (7/10) - Ito's horror tends to be more on the gross-out side, which doesn't at all require you to develop the character. That being said, you do become rather sympathetic of and worried about Remina, which is pretty good considering it's a mere volume in length.
Enjoyment (8/10) - I found it to be a good, fun read that was definitely worth the hour or so it took to read it, but mind you, I enjoy horror and have read most of this mangaka's works, so that did have some effect on my enjoyment. I think someone who is not into horror so much but is looking for something off the wall, this would be a good fit.read more
I used to be a huge fan of Junji Ito's work - I sang his praises constantly on Tumblr and recommended him to many of my friends. Now, I see the fault in my actions.
Jigokusei Remina - Hellstar Remina - is a work that feels ultimately pointless.
Hellstar fits quite nicely into the Junji Ito mold - the female heroine watches the world collapse around her, and nearly everyone in the story dies. The work is so full of violence and death that I nearly felt sick reading it - not because I can't stand violence or death (hell, one of my favorite movies is End of Evangelion) - but because everything in it feels pointless.
There is virtually no explanation for WHY the things in the story happen. They just happen, seemingly without any sort of reason. At least in Ito's other works - Uzumaki, for example - there is a REASON for what happens and the death that it entails. This reason is nowhere to be found in Hellstar. The planet Remina just comes and destroys everything for no reason. Millions, if not billions, of innocent people die for no reason. You watch them die - not only die, but struggle to live by doing everything they can, and then still die. The death in the story is dealt with so objectively that it is not fun to read. You feel nothing towards these people killed en masse; they are simply plot devices. Not only is it uncomfortable, but it is flat-out boring.
This kind of voyeurism can be enjoyable sometimes, sure, but in this work I found it totally off-putting and uncomfortable. Like I said, I felt that it was handled in a miserable way compared to usual Ito.
The main characters don't have enough time for real development - Remina stays the absolute same throughout the story, and every other twist can be seen from a mile away. The story feels so forced through these characters, your level of psychic distance from the fiction is astronomical.
The work is just boring, with its only redeeming qualities coming from Ito's art. The man has a real talent for drawing grotesque landscapes, may they be on Earth or on foreign locales, and his characters are expressive physically if not emotionally.
Pass on this and read Uzumaki instead, or some of his shorter-form collections. They have much more impact and depth than this misfire.read more
Junji Ito is usually known as a great horror mangaka, but in this manga he was also able to mix very well the sci-fi genre with some horror elements. The result can be compare with some 50's and 60's Hollywood sci-fi movies about the end of the world.
Remina is the 16 years old daughter of a reputed Japanese scientist that discovered an orb outside of the Solar System, and the orb was named after Remina. Since this, Remina (the girl) suddenly rises to fame, even though she was always reluctant to become famous.
But Remina's world turns upside down when the Remina orb passes through a wormhole and invades the Solar System, destroying 2/3 of the planets … and the Earth is the next one in the route of collision.
- Minor spoilers ahead -
On the verge of the destruction, the people on Earth cling to superstitious and suppositions, directing all the hatred to the Remina girl. The people think that she is somehow related to the Remina orb, and if they killed her, the orb would "die" as well. So a witch hunter begins, in the best Middle-Age style.
Remina is always portrayed as a passive girl. All the things and events pass through her. Even so, her poor character development due to her passivity is understandable taking into account the sudden rise and fall she experiences.
The manager of Remina is one of the few people that hear the voice of reason, and helps Remina as possible to escape. The group of Remina saviors is completed by her young sponsor and some fanatic men of her fan club.
The masses of people are another character on their own, that I would like to highlight. All these people together make a unit of furious and irrational people without a face. And that’s the biggest point of the manga: how the people can be very mean, arbitrary and irrational when facing things and events that they cannot understand or control. How the superstitious thinking can prevail over human principles and virtues in extreme situations; and how people can become violent and have their ego dissolved in the crowd.
By the last chapters, there was still room to a series of absurd events that are hard to believe. There's also a plot twist in the end that is unexpected, but little effective.
Hellstar Remina presents a fantastic concept with an unsatisfying ending. But even with the unsatisfying ending and the undeveloped points, I still recommend it to any sci-fi horror fan.read more