As someone working in the psychology field, it always fascinates me how writers portray persons with mental disorders. I have always been a fan of the mystery and suspense genre, what I like is especially how they write characters with mental disorders. But like I always tell my students, mental disorders portrayed in fiction are not always a general representation of that disorder. This manga tells a story of the protagonist with Dissociative Identity Disorder, one of the rarest mental disorders in America and yet it's the most trivialized and more fictional books have been written with this disorder than any of the common ones.
So, my perspective in writing this review is as a fan of the mystery and suspense genre and not as a psychologist. So I will not critique the inaccurate writing of someone with DID because like I said, there is still so little research about it, especially the cause and how the symptoms manifest.
It starts up really quickly it's about Urashima Eiji an ordinary student who went out drinking and then, woke up with a girlfriend and no recollection of what happened. As a reader, I was treated with clues that I would piece together, I like that the author didn't underestimate the readers and tried to subvert expectations in the wrong way. All I can say is that the predictability of the plot is good, the plot twists are there to confirm what the reader has been speculating. It's the joy of being a mystery reader that your hunches and speculations are right. It just shows that the writer is capable of sprinkling in clues and foreshadowing in his writing.
I like how the theme of the story was explained in the end and that it really connects with the title. The story also tackled not only one mental disorder but several others such as PTSD and ASPD (also one of the rarest and trivialized mental disorders).
I like that the art doesn't shy away from the darkness of the story. I like the semi-realistic art of it. I don't really critique much about the art but I like it, I wish though that U Eiji and H Eiji have a distinct art to them like the fashion choices for example, so that the readers can clue in more who is U Eiji and H Eiji.
Overall it was a thrilling ride it's a page-turner every chapter.
OVERALL: 10 It's a good read a thrilling escape from reality.