Blood on the Tracks

Alt title: Chi no Wadachi

Vol: 17; Ch: 153
2017 - 2023
4.081 out of 5 from 1,008 votes
Rank #2,227
Blood on the Tracks

Seiichi Osabe is just a normal if not insular 14-year-old boy with a beautiful, loving mother and a hardworking father. The bond between him and his mother is iron-clad, but when an accident involving his cousin sows the seeds of doubt in his head, Seiichi begins to question whether his mother's doting nature is normal, or something more sinister and abnormal. Where do you draw the line between motherly love and unhealthy adoration? And how can you tell where that line is when your mother's love is all you've ever known?

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One of my favorite mangas I've ever read. Blood on the Tracks depicts Seiichi's struggle to understand the world around him, and especially his mother. Before I even start going away about how much I loved this manga, I highly recommend reading it, as I can certainly not do this story justice with my review Lol. It can be easy to fantasy someone, to think overly highly of them when they're the person your life revolves around. This can become especially true if they're someone causing harm, as the mind can try and convince the person that what's going on isn't reality, and instead the mind conjures up all these false realities in order to cope with what's going on. This is one of the main factors of the story. This being because Seiichi constantly idolizes his mother, Seiko who is insane. And this was portrayed in a fantastic way. First the manga started out with just being a bit unsettling, but as it moves on and the reader directly sees what Seiko is doing and how Seiichi is reacting and his point of view as to what's going on, the story becomes creepy. The story continues with it slowly unraveling what's going on inside Seiko's mind and also Seiichi's. The visuals for portraying everything was absolutely fantastic as well. Seiichi tries his best to navigate through everything, but what's happened has happened, and he's messed up. He's always had to rely on his mother, yet as things unfold, he has to be independant, and in many ways, alone. As the world he thought he knew, crumbles. Seiichi makes many mistakes and leads a grim life. I liked the depressing realism through it all. The reasons the characters act the way they do are explored. We see the past, the present and the future for the main characters, especially Seiichi. The way Seiichi turns out and the way he lives his life makes sense, despite it being sad. While reading I wanted things to turn out better for Seiichi, despite not liking him a whole lot, I wanted things to turn out positive, and when a story can make me root for a character that I don't even like much like that, I really think it's a good story. I also believe that Blood on the Tracks concluded especially well. I loved the art. I'm a big fan of line art, so I especially loved the style. But what makes me like the art so much were the visuals. There were so many disturbing looking visuals of the mother, Seiko. It really made her look creepy. There were also so many visuals that were able to capture the emotion and turmoil Seiichi was going through as well. It's difficult to describe, but it was some of the best art I've seen in manga. Blood on the Tracks was misreable in a way, but also memorable and I highly consider it worth reading.

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