In this manga, acclaimed cartoonist Asano tells a complex, oblique tale about how an tense atmosphere, symbolized by proliferating butterflies, lead schoolchildren to “sacrifice” a fellow student, and how that act impacts various characters across two timelines.
Fantagraphics is proud to welcome the great Inio Asano (Solanin, What a Wonderful World!) to its acclaimed literary manga line. Even as butterflies ominously proliferate in town, the rumor of a mysterious creature lurking in the tunnel behind the school spreads among the children. When the body of Arié Kimura’s mother is found by this tunnel’s entrance, next to apparently human traces, the legend seems to be confirmed. Is the end of the world coming? In order to appease the wrath of the beast, the children decide to offer it a sacrifice: The unfortunate Arié, whom they believe to be the cause of the curse, is shoved into a well that leads to the Nijigahara tunnel an act that in turns pushes Komatsuzaki, the budding thug who has carried a torch for Arié for a while already, entirely over the edge. But this is only the beginning of the complex, challenging, obliquely told Nijigahara Holograph, which takes place in two separate timelines and involves the suicidal Suzuki; Higure, his stalkerish would-be girlfriend; and their teacher Miss Sakaki, whose heavily bandaged face remains a mystery; and many more brothers, sisters, parents, co-workers, teachers, aggressors and victims who are all inextricably linked to one another and all will eventually ten years later have to live with what they’ve done or suffered through.
|Product dimensions:||6.60(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
INIO ASANO was born in 1980 in the Ibaraki Prefecture. The Japanese national Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper described him as one of the voices of his generation.
Matt Thorn is from in Lansdale,
Pennsylvania. She is a cultural anthropologist, writer, and an associate professor in the manga department at Kyoto Seika University. Her translations include the
New York Times Best-Seller Nijigahara Holograph by Inio Asano and
Hayao Miyazaki’s Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Back in April when I was visiting my girlfriend who lives in Michigan, we went on one of our usual Barnes and Noble trips. There I purchased two mangas: the first half of Orange, and Goodnight Punpun by Inio Asano. I later searched my library's catalogue to see if they had any more of Inio Asano's works, and they did - Nijigahara Holograph. I went ahead and put a request on it. 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.
This book is slightly larger than normal manga and is printed on good quality paper so you can really see the details in the drawings. It's also hardback, and it's a great translation of a beautiful story by Inio Asano. What more could you want?