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Nijigahara Holograph Hardcover – March 19, 2014
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*Starred Review* A mother commits suicide. A bully keeps watch over a victim. A teacher withdraws from her students. An obsessed man weaves a tale of monsters. By shifting time and perspective, Asano is able to fit all of these puzzle pieces together to create a haunting story of trauma, guilt, and, finally, closure. At the heart of the tale is Arié, who tells one too many stories about the monster that lives in the tunnel behind the school. In an attempt to shut her up, her classmates push her into a well. The consequences of that action spiral outward in ways the children never imagined, affecting friends, family, teachers, and neighbors in ways the children never imagined, horrifically affecting friends, family, teachers, and neighbors, both physically and psychologically. Anger, hopelessness, and betrayal run rampant—echoed by the eerie, ominous clouds of butterflies swarming the town—and fuel heartless violence. Though there are many moving pieces, the fluid time line; tight, stark, and realistic artwork; and clues carefully revealed through deliberately worded dialogue and purposeful character design work in perfect harmony to prevent ambiguity or confusion. Critically acclaimed Asano deftly twists this disturbingly compelling story, managing to shock the reader at every turn. Its intricacies are even more rewarding on the second read. --Eva Volin
“It’s a brilliant piece of psychological horror that is both deeply intimate yet expansive in scope, with a large cast of characters that are sucked into the terror in different ways. The cyclical, abstract story is challenging, but greatly rewards rereading, and it’s easy to get lost in Asano’s intricate art, which does outstanding work realizing the setting that is so important to the plot.”
- Oliver Sava, The A.V. Club
“This beautifully drawn but elliptically told story is almost relentless in its depiction of the evil that lurks behind everyday life, but it’s impossible to put down. Fable and film-noir crime mix in a small town where the children believe a beast living in a tunnel is a sign of the end of the world, and adults cope with the aftereffects of a hideous crime. This is a book that rewards repeated readings…”
- Brigid Alverson, Robot 6
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I really enjoy Inio's art style, it's really unique and detailed. You can tell a lot of time is spent putting thought into how each panel should look. I haven't read all of Goodnight Punpun yet, but that one I'm enjoying so far. As for Nijigahara Holograph, I just found it nothing but confusing and even once finishing it I really did not have much of a grasp of what I had even read.
The story takes place in two separate timelines, switching without warning. You could kind of tell when it jumped from one timeline to another, but the constant jumping around and the fact that there is only so many words due to it being a comic, it made it incredibly hard to follow what exactly is going on. It's like when someone's talking to you and you're focused on something else. You hear them and what's said, but it doesn't really register - it goes in through one ear and comes out the other rather than being embedded in your brain. Nijigahara Holograph is just like that. I read it but what happened just never stuck with me. It's a messed up story though, that much I was able to grasp. There is a brief and unexpected rape, plus it involves human sacrifice and even a suicidal boy.
Luckily online you can find notes that better explain what happens in the story. Here's to hoping I finish reading my copy of Goodnight Punpun with different thoughts than I do on this manga by Inio.
It's not an easy book to read. The cast is complicated, and the story moves between different timelines. The topic is also difficult: interpersonal violence, from childhood bullying to sexual assault and murder.
So why am I recommending it? Because even if you're not completely following the events, Asano creates such a feeling of dread with both the human and supernatural elements of the story. It's dark, but not hopeless, and the events aren't just horrible for the sake of horrible. It's extremely well-written by someone who's clearly very smart. It makes you want to figure out all the interlocking puzzles. Asano's art particularly shines with details, such as the irises of someone's eyes as they stare. He also mixes dialogue and narration well, devoting some panels entirely to narration instead of crowding the art - and the pacing of the story is stronger as a result.
Asano's books are like reading his finger prints. The hard cover book itself is well put together - as usual, my only complaint is that there is no color to accompany the fine illustrations...but that tends to be the norm for this genre.