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Nijigahara Holograph [Hardcover]

Inio Asano
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6 May 2014
As butterflies ominously proliferate into town, the rumour of a mysterious creature lurking in the tunnel behind the school spreads among the children. When the body of Ari 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 Ari, whom they believe to be the cause of the curse, is shoved into a well that leads to the Nijigahara tunnel.

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  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: FANTAGRAPHICS (6 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606995839
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606995839
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 17.5 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 411,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Nijigahara Holograph 21 April 2014
By Herod
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Having read Nijigahara Holograph straight through twice now, I can honestly say that it's one of the very best books I've read in a while and that I'll no doubt return many times to its disturbing meditations on human nature.

In both the themes it deals with and the way the narrative is wrapped around them, Inio Asano's beautiful, existential horror is not an easy read. If you're the type who doesn't do multiple reads of the same book, prefering instead to arrive at the conclusion with a thorough understanding of what has happened and all the answers laid out for you by the author, you may find yourself rather perplexed and unsatisfied by this book. There's a complexity and a depth to Nijigahara Holograph that will undoubtedly reward multiple readings, and I suspect it's the sort of book that will never fail to reveal previously unnoticed subtleties in the art and text, regardless of how many times its mysteries are plundered.

It's not easy to adequately convey what Nijigahara Holograph is about. It's certainly not light reading and explores some very dark and disturbing corners of human existence. The fractured narrative moves between different time zones and revolves around a group of people who we meet both as school children and as young adults. We first encounter them as classmates, whispering rumours of a terrible creature that lurks in a tunnel behind the school and which may bring about the end of the world. To appease the creature, they decide to offer a sacrifice, the unfortunate Arie Kimura, whom they push down a well that leads into the Nijigahara tunnel, and from here, we are drawn into a dark world where the past, present and future are a continuing nightmare from which the characters cannot wake.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! 22 April 2014
By Chelsea - Published on
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I really really liked Nijigahara Holograph. The past and present go together nicely and all of the characters have something to do with one another in some way. It's intriguing and slightly disturbing. The story is mysterious in the fact that Asano doesn't clearly state how the ending should be interpreted; it's up to the reader to connect the dots and come up with the ending. All in all, a great short story to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Fantastic Read by Asano 16 April 2014
By Matthew J Piccarreto - Published on
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Another great read by Asano. I am a fan of his art and storytelling and this was a very good addition to my collection. I read it and immediately went back and read it again. Fantagraphics also did a good job. It is a larger format to really showcase the art with a nice hardcover. Well worth the money.
5.0 out of 5 stars pleasantly suprised 27 May 2014
By Deanna Hudock - Published on
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I didnt realize the author when I bought it - inio asano is a top notch author that does 'slice of life' mixed with other genres...if u liked Solanin this one is good too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect; he did it again 6 Jun 2014
By T. Cue. - Published on
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The only problem with Inio Asano is that they don't license more of his work for translation and western release.
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