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Japanese: ヒミズ


Type: Manga
Volumes: 4
Chapters: 43
Status: Finished
Published: Jan 29, 2001 to Mar 11, 2002
Genre: Drama Drama
Theme: Psychological Psychological
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Authors: Furuya, Minoru (Story & Art)


Score: 7.381 (scored by 33103,310 users)
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Ranked: #34242
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Popularity: #1388
Members: 11,369
Favorites: 198

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Every day in Japan, 2500 people die due to any number of causes. Do you think you'll be one of the ones to die? No, of course not. Do you think you'll win the lottery? You'd like to think so, we all would. But Sumida is different. He wants the status quo to remain in every way; live a normal life, get a normal job, have normal kids, never to be anyone fortunate or unfortunate, content in normalcy. Anyone who doesn't agree is foolish, doomed to live their life scraping up a mountain that they can never conquer, fated to die in despair wishing things had been better.

When his mother kicks his father out of the house and onto the streets, he thinks he'll be fine. When his mother leaves him to live with her boyfriend, he makes the best of it. When he realizes that he's no longer average, he strives to make his life worthwhile the only way he knows how. When the demons in the back of his mind speak to him, he tries his best to ignore them.

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Himizu was adapted into a live-action film directed by Sion Sono which was screened in 2012.


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Jan 26, 2015
Ryugen (All reviews)
May contain light spoilers:

Himizu is a story of hopelessness and ultimatums. It gives you a third person view on the compromises we make to ourselves and how it affects our outlet on life. Reading Himizu reminded me more about reality than I would have liked. You will find no fantasies or dreams in Himizu, only the cold hard truth.

The story of Himizu is about Sumida, a teenage boy in his third year of middle school. He has no passions or goals, and only wishes to live a normal life without being bothered or bothering others. But sometimes life isn't that simple. With his parents read more
Oct 13, 2015
MangaGreat (All reviews)
Himizu is a hard manga to describe, but I think it is essentially a manga dedicated to deconstruction. What is it deconstructing? Seemingly the idea of ‘a dream’ and what it means to chase it.

On the surface, it seems to be about juxtaposition of someone who desires to live a normal life vs those fighting to achieve a grand dream and what each are going through in order to achieve their respective desires. Underneath? Well, that’s debatable, but all is not as it seems.

But how is the actual manga?

The plotline moves along in a slow pace seeming to say little to nothing at times, but read more
Sep 6, 2020
Huelet (All reviews)
Himizu, we could quite fairly say, is a mature slice-of-life manga but with a dark setting and focusing more on the evils of society, rather than the flowery elements that a lot of people are privileged to have.

It follows the story of Sumida Yuuichi, a teenager boy who was bestowed by the worst of parents, which in turn made him want to grow up to be a good, decent person without much ambition in life but just to achieve the seemingly easiest task of being someone who wouldn’t ever harm anybody. All he ever wished to do was lazily spend out his life like read more
Dec 28, 2015
Dietrologia (All reviews)
It struck while reading Himizu that it is in many ways the archetypal seinen manga, at least as far as public perception is concerned.

The shounen demographic at large focuses on power fantasies and more simplistic, idealized characters and values and in the case of battle shounen, more of a focus on action (shounen jump's motto is, after all, "friendship, effort, and victory"). The seinen demographic, however, tends to have a far more cynical outlook on life, unafraid to show the raw ugliness of human beings and a higher focus on the psychology and flaws of the characters, and tends to be a bit TOO liberal read more

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