The things that draw people to Ito including myself are simple, his spectacular art and boundless creativity. Retelling another persons story like he has with Frankenstien sorta takes away that second aspect.
There's only so much you can do with the material of such a well known book. However the art, pacing, and intigration of the story into the manga format does save it. Some things admittedly are rushed or cut, though that's only if you know the original. But as retellings go it certianly is a good one
The second half here deals with the strange goings on of a boy named Oshikiri. Being an Ito protagonist multiple times means this kid has seen a lot, from other dimentional science experiments to bodies in wall. He doesnt really undergo any sort of arc but he becomes very sympathetic as the supernatural events start to destroy him, emotionally, mentally, socially, and at times physcially.
And the very short stories at the end are fun and creepy, the second one i think even ending on a joke. And the bits with Itos dog are cute and heart warming.
Comparing this to his other works i'd say it's 2nd tier. 1st is Tomie, Uzumaki and Shiver, 2nd is Gyo, Fragments of Horror, and now this. Incidentally 3rd is Flesh Colored Horror and Dissolving Classroom.
So yes overall it's a good book but not one of Ito's best. Extremely thankful to have it though, especially with Viz continuing to release his works over here. Hopfully after next years Smashed we can get something like Hellstar Remina
- Hardcover: 408 pages
- Publisher: VIZ Media LLC (10 November 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1974703762
- ISBN-13: 978-1974703760
- Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 2.8 x 21 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 680 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)