Have you ever wondered what your dreams possibly meant? How about your nightmares? And have you ever wished there was someone who could help you with them?
Enter Hiruko, a dream-eater demon. He interprets and helps people with their nightmares at the condition that he gets to eat the nightmares afterwards. He doesn’t go hungry, because there are plenty of unfortunate folk seeking his help.
There is no general plot that I can see yet, and every chapter seems to deal with a different client and case, so it’s great if you like oneshots. The cases are all very interesting, and entering the nightmares is the best
part. The nightmares are well done, with great senses of abstractness and surrealism, and the cleverest symbolism I have seen in a while. These cases all conclude in attention-gripping ways, and include great twists.
There are few recurring characters, but Hiruko himself is very likable. He acts as a psychologist, and is very knowing and quite skilled in dream-interpretation. He says he doesn’t care about anything besides his payment, but it is clear that he’s a great guy and enjoys helping. His clients are all very interesting people as well (since when did boring people need psychs?) and it is extremely enjoyable to delve into their minds and try to figure out their inner psychology and solve their mental mysteries.
The art isn’t the most impressive things ever, but it is consistent and you can tell who’s who. Speech bubble placements are well done, and the paneling is quite ingenious and adds to the overall atmosphere.
If I HAD to find a flaw with Nightmare Inspector, it’d be that the flow of the plot is dependent on coincidences. But that can be turned around, because the coincidences add to it and create a creepy mood.
This has got great mystery and psychology, with chilling horror undertones adequately integrated into the mix. The title already conveys a good idea of its genre. If you’re looking for comedy, this probably wouldn’t make you very happy. But if you’re a fan of mystery, you should definitely check this out.
It just might help you decode your own dreams. ;)