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Otodama: Voice from the Dead Volume 1 Paperback – April 27, 2010


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  • Series: Otodama (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Digital Manga Publishing; 1 edition (April 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569700877
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569700877
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 5.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,654,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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You can hear all sorts of background noises and can identify them.
The Kimi-Chan Experience
Nitta's action scenes are exciting, panel placement is effective and keeps the story moving smoothly, and the backgrounds are very well crafted.
GraphicNovelReporter.com
As for the 3 main characters, they are distinct, interesting and well developed.
R.Parklane

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By GraphicNovelReporter.com on June 21, 2010
Yasuhide and Kaname used to be top employees at the National Research Institute for Police Science--Hide as an investigator and Kaname as a researcher, using his super-sensitive hearing to solve crimes. But after a case went wrong both men turned their backs on formal police work and moved to the private sector. Now Hide runs a struggling private investigation business while Kaname works as a sound engineer, helping Hide on the side and trying not to let his ability to hear the dead drive him mad. When a bizarre case baffles the skills of one of the National Research Institute's top investigators--Hide's older twin brother Yasuhiro--Hide and Kaname's skills may be called upon once more.

Nitta, known for her hardcore boys' love titles, offers something different this time around. Otodama is a police procedural that is sure to speak to any fans of CSI, Criminal Minds, etc. Some few bits of the plot stretch credulity and force Nitta's audience to make slight leaps of faith, but no more so than on any television show. On top of that, Nitta's ability to craft likeable, interesting characters brings depth to her story, drawing readers into the lives of Kaname, Hide, and the others. There are obviously many issues in her characters' pasts and she does not make the mistake of telling all those tales at once. The preview pages at the end of this volume are as effective as any "coming next week" trailer and promise that new areas of the characters' pasts will be explored soon.

For fans who are drawn to a new work from Nitta because they have loved her boys' love titles, they may be initially disappointed that there is no adult situations in this work so far (and with a 16+ rating from the publisher, there probably won't be).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R.Parklane on June 18, 2010
So this is not the usual from Youka Nitta. But Otodama does not need any Yaoi theme to keep me captivated. This thriller with its mix of crime, mystery, police works and the supernatural, is excellent. The plot is tightly paced, seamless, exciting and original with never a dull page, its dialogue intelligent. As for the 3 main characters, they are distinct, interesting and well developed. With Youka Nitta having retired (a tragic to the Yaoi world), we will never know if there is any future romance between her guys, even as we sense the subtle romantic hint here and there. But Otodama does not need any romance to make it work. The bond among these 3 guys is fascinating to read, whether it is close or broken friendship or sibling ties. And Nitta's artwork is a class of its own. Her details is a feast to the eyes and her guys are just gorgeous and sexy. Officially there are 2 volumes and kudos to DMP for giving it to us.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ParentofStarWarsFan on May 22, 2010
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I love Youka Nitta's works and this one is exceptionally good! This book is not yaoi (so far!), but the characters are beautiful and the story is very intriquing. I can't wait for book 2! If you're a Youka Nitta fan, you have to have this one in your collection!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Kimi-Chan Experience on June 2, 2010
Imagine that you have truly excellent hearing. You can hear all sorts of background noises and can identify them. The sound of different engines, even in the distance. The electronic hum of computers in the background. The soft sound of keyboards. The voices of the dead. Yes, the voices of the dead. Whether on a recording or trapped within a photograph or at a place where someone has died suddenly and violently, you hear them. Voices, everywhere. The noise would be deafening, right? Meet Kaname Otonashi . He has this ability, and once worked for the Sound Engineering Investigation department at police headquarters as an expert acoustical analysis specialist.

These days he works freelance, and spends his sleeping hours locked into a soundproof booth he has had built for his work. With the deafening whispers and roars of the world kept at bay, he hopes he has found a sort of haven. This illusion does not last long though as faces from his past loom before him, pulling him once more into the world filled with sound. Whether it is the police needing assistance catching a killer leaving dead young women all over the city or a recently released from prison photography nut, one thing is clear. The dead are speaking and the influence that has on his life is far from over. In fact, it could be deadly.

Youka Nitta takes a step away from her usual fare of Boy's Love and offers up a chilling thriller with supernatural overtones. The concept is is intriguing, catching the imagination of the reader from the very first page. Using a known forensic technique, sound engineering, and adding a spin on the "distortion" sounds usually filtered out adds a touch of realism that allows one to readily suspend disbelief and fall headlong into the mystery.
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By cathy on January 24, 2013
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I enjoyed the cop and brother story line and also the hearing speicalist and how they creacked the cases open and found the bad guy(s). I'm looking forward to reading the next book,
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