Residents of a sprawling apartment complex are gripped by terror as dozens of tenants commit suicide over several months. The police are baffled. What no one realizes is that a malicious psychic force has gained control over the complex, and it isn't until a young girl moves in with her family, a girl gifted with her own psychic arsenal, that the source of the chaos is finally revealed...
Domu paradoxically feels both straight-forward and convoluted simultaneously, linear and scattershot at the same time. The overarching story arc is very simple, but the individual scenes jump around and create a bit of a chaotic vibe. Much of it is told from the perspective of the police as they try to track down various leads on what could be causing the uptick in deaths at a certain housing complex. It climaxes into a gory bloodfest with massive property destruction. I'm actually pretty impressed with how effectively the artist was able to portray the psychic battles--the straining, the power struggles, the haphazard explosions. And the way that Etsuko talks with Cho at first, like fe's reprimanding a child for being naughty, is honestly kinda funny. I also liked the way the emotionality and intensity behind Etsuko's actions in chapter 5. I think the story could've done a better job of fleshing out the subplots with the side characters, but overall it was still pretty well put together. Once the action scenes start, the artwork really shines. The artist put a lot of effort into making the destruction look detailed and gritty. In the first chapter, there were a lot of blank backgrounds and it felt like some corners were cut, but it definitely improved as the series went on.
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