It is difficult to understand what we want in this world, and in turn, what this world wants from us. We never realize that sometimes, our own insecurities can sometimes influence the world we inhabit. Hallucination From The Womb is a manga that tackles the maze of human wanting, it sheds light on the basic human principles of longing while at the same time, illustrating how what you want can hurt what you can't see.
Story: Hallucination From the Womb breaks its story down into smaller vignettes. Stories of people and their everyday lives with small changes. The stories are all different in their own ways,
dealing with the feelings of love and life in a way that is so real its haunting. What is amazing about each of the stories is the way they are presented. There is no grand battle to save the planet, there is no evil lurking beneath the shadows, it is just people looking for something more than just themselves.
Character: This is where the story truly shines. Each of the characters are given there own unique way of speaking, moving and interacting that is fits them. Their goals are sometimes explained, while other times they are hinted at, forcing the reader to guess at their motives, just like in reality. What is great about the work is that many of the characters are perfectly ruined (just like the city they inhabit) but still manage to carry on with life. In a strange way, its inspiring.
Art: This is where the title falters. Each of the characters (though original in their own right) are each drawn the same way. It was difficult to try and decipher one character from another, and sometimes it was near impossible. The designs of the decaying city were wonderful, clear, crisp and average in a way that spoke with a haunted realness.
Overall: I loved the manga. What it lacked in art it made up for in quality and its ability to capture life at its darkest but still being able to make seem real. Though, this title is not for younger readers, not just for its themes, but also for the depictions of naked girls (Especially in later chapters). Hallucinations From The Womb is a wonderful title that is sure to leave a lingering impression.