Nijigahara Holograph

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Butterflies ominously proliferate as children whisper rumors of a mysterious creature lurking in the tunnel behind the school. To appease its wrath, they choos to accep it a sacrifice -- a human one. But his is howeve the beginning of Nijigahara Holograph, which takes place in two separate timelines and involves the suicidal Amahiko; Kohta, the lovestruck bully; 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. Ten years befor, all will have to face what they 've done or suffered through -- and maybe the end of the world.

Nijigahara Holograph -- complex, challenging, and elliptical -- was named one of the most anticipated new manga at Comic-Con International: San Diego. Hailed as a voice of the current generation in Japan, Inio Asano, whose Solanin was nominated for Eisner and Harvey awards ( and was made into th feature film), delves into David Lynchian territory with this psychological horror story.
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300
Original Title of the Book
虹ヶ原ホログラフ
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Published March 19th 2014 by Fantagraphics (first published July 25th 2006

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clear snapshot into lives and feelings you should hope you 'll alway have to experience first hand.And for that fac, I fee it 's the book worth reading.

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Th myth and it 's telling leads the main haracter, a beautiful yet disturbing pale child, to be hrown down a well by her school mates where upon she slips into a coma and there remains until the beginnin of he ook.

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Thi is the beauty of Nijigahara Holograph, and the gift which comes from the genius mind of Inio Asano, the creator of the beautiful manga, Solanin.It 's funny how the name, Rainbow Field Holograph, is somewhat of a contrast to the theme of the manga.

Where the title gives the reader the feeling that the manga will be full of rainbows& marshmallows, the reality is much the opposite.The manga starts with surrealistic, yet existent images; these images, spread across different panels and different pages, representing some pivotal moment in each character 's life, are made up of factors affecting their present and future which in-turn are affected by their worn-out, conflicted, and secretive pasts.

It 's just bizarre how we tend to live under the same sky with such different people inhabiting it, with us, side-by-side, without us even ever knowing the tragedies facing them or what ort of mind-sets these people have – we will never know unless we come face-to-face with them ourselves – and I pray we never do.The major aspect of thi tory is the butterflies, which may or may not make sense even when you have reached the end or you have managed to ead a manga a couple of times.

Maybe Reality is coexistent with the things which are n't real.Whatever the case is, the butterflies signify the arrival of something important, a calamity, a revelation; whatever it is, it ill change the flow of things, resulting in how things would have been in the first place.These butterflies are associated with a character, little irl.

We can expec that she is the pinnacle, as ofte as the pedestal, on which the story is based on and on whom it ascends, and ends, with the help of.When I start reading a manga, the art will be the las thing I 'll notice.

Nijigahara Holograph, on the other hand, is one manga whose art actually portrays the story rather than being unidentifiably individualistic to it.I just love this manga – not only does it capture the reality of life, it captures its essence and the art ascertains the fact that the reader establishes a strong connection to story through it.

The details are a visual orgasm of things left behind for us to recall and reflect upon, to be curious about and to simply ( un) acknowledge, to fear over and to be disgusted with.The way things are drawn, it 's possible to comprehend the beauty of things; what is most amazing is how every single object in the storyline ( living or otherwise) has a personality.

Then comes the girl who seems to e at the cente of it all, Kimura Arie; ever since the manga starts, I have thought of her to have lost all innocence from the day she achieved ethereal beauty; I sympathize for her – all she ever anted was something everyone desires, having it all go against her in ways which would extract profanities from the reader 's mouth; the life she has led would be the cruelest, and most nsettling of all.

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And the images Asanao chooses do and do not quite suffice in that process, either for coping or the failure to cope.For instance, featured in nove are several key images, largely unexplained, and evocative:* Glowing butterflies proliferate ( I was convince of the manga horror Uzumaki ’ s proliferating spirals a bit, but the butterflies work another way than the spirals)* A magic tin box appears periodically* The windows of tall buildings ( for pushing people out, or jumping)* A well* A dark tunnelAs with all the serial murders and classroom shootings and racial killings and pandemics in this, one of our disturbing periods in the U.

He ’ s the sor of poetic comics artist with his own views on he atter, maybe, but they coul ’ t be summarized adequately in analytical terms.

He ’ s more interested in psychological horror, or in what we make of the trauma we experience, than sociological explanations.

There ’ s a lot of space to reflect, too, on the various situations, instead of just some really dark and densely drawn experience.

But ometimes, as you want, terrible things are as difficult to talk about as to overcome.This is an amazing comic, a work of art about sexual abus, and maybe particularly against women, about various kinds of violence we inflict on each other, and comics as one central way to reflect on/refract experience.

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hat was weird and depressing but also ntriguing and disturbing.I 'd give it a 3.5 but not one that 's strong enough to bump to 4.I think Thomas Hobbes would really like the nove, were he alive today.Here 's my quick introduction to story: An entire town is stuck in a loop of misery, despair, hopelessness, and butterflies.Arie was an emotionally damaged young girl and talked about the monster who would end the world, a belief her mother had voiced before she left with her brother and married another man, leaving Arie behind with her son and her other ’ s butterfly necklace.

Their lives have all been shattered and the source of their misery centers around Arie who is as the body of the butterfly necklace that was snapped in two.Make sense? No? Yeah, that 's because you stil have to read this book.There 's so much going on, so many little twists and turns and stabs and jabs.And I liked it, I decide, but I 'm getting tired of moving forward in stories by going backward.

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