Book Reviews

Nijigahara Holograph by Inio Asano

13 December, 2017

 

Book: Nijigahara Holograph

Authors: Inio Asano

Genre: Fiction, Horror, Manga;

Pages: 300 pages

Format: Hardback

Goodreads rating: 3.78

My rating: 4 stars

Online Store: Bookdepository

My Review (Spoiler Free):

It’s my second time reading Inio Asano’s work and I found myself confused through some parts of it. It’s completely different from Oyasumi Punpun, also from Asano, apart from the art that is still gorgeous and brute and shocking.

I read Nijigahara Holograph in one sitting because It was interesting like that and I was so invested in the story and the feeling it was providing me with that I did not want to put it down.

This is one of those books that you can’t really explain in an obvious way what it is about because it has many stories, messages and meanings. But one thing is certain, it’s an emotional ride of a manga that will leave you either depressed, thoughful or both.

It’s normal to feel confused reading this book. A lot of times I had to go back a few chapters to connect some important facts in the story and even after finishing the manga I still feel somewhat blind.

It tell us the life stories of various people, almost all kids, and how they turned out in their adult lives after experiencing traumatic and cruel childhoods. Don’t expect any pity from Inio Asano towards the reader because he will show you, very blatantly, the most weird, shocking and barbarian events. But if you think about it, people are not so different in reality as they are portrayed in this manga and that’s the part that will maybe, just maybe, leave you in a deep melancholy towards the world.

Some may say that there was no point in all the cruel things shown in this story but I disagree. It’s a startling, offensive and sickening book but it will make you think, and that’s always a good thing.

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