“I dislike all you people.”
“That is your crime,”… replied the short judge .”
This is an odd, a bit grotesque, dark, yet interesting, solid mind-provoking manga. Its aftertaste was one of those that I couldn’t forget so easily. Reader may find himself looking for answers to philosophical, sociological, psychological questions. The unique, atypical art style gives a special esthetic satisfaction. Moreover, it’s like a piece of surrealistic art, only stimulating to (psycho)analyze and at least qualify it as some kind of an extension of the story. And that is quite rare in such a popular, usually quite simple-minded art form as manga (I guess I should emphasize - I do not mean that all of this genre is such, really no : )).
So, the plot of a story we are talking about is quite clear. At first glance, at least. A lonesome man, who lives in a modern city, has a boring, hateful job. Everything in his life is particularly monotonous, insignificant, depressing. One morning he decides takes a detour on a way to his job and just finds himself traveling through different weird countries (subconsciousness?). As promised in the description, he sees many disturbing, sick things. Somehow all the people around him are indifferent. Strangely they are freaky, almost inhuman. Those people have no faces, no names – only functions, at most. And those functions, as one can guess, are to give him some lessons, to show how the world really is.
But doesn’t it seem somewhat familiar? Those situations, conclusions, behavior - doesn’t it all look like the same thing in different “scenery”? As if everything’s repeating, constructing the same pattern…
However, journey is really a journey only if you return. So the man goes back – with free shoelaces, no pants, to the disappointed city (“To think that the man we’ve been waiting for all these years would be as talentless, pathetic, and vexing as you. We’re so frustrated we can’t even shed a tear at our situation”). To experience another (the last?) adventure. To find out another truth about himself and people around him.
But the story really has neither beginning nor end. Did anything change? Did he set out on a journey at all? Did it really end?
Sorry if you’ve found any mistakes in this review. I’d be grateful if you brought them out. ; )