It is a very dark night. Under a heavy rain, a determined man sets out to track his terrified victim. The decision of Kirishima Seiichi is clear: Tonight, he will kill his wife. A year ago, he was a happy man - a successful writer, a contented husband, and a father of a young boy... at that time, everything seemed going well for him. But such happiness had to end. The day his editor put an end to their collaboration, darkness seeped into his life faster than a bullet. A terrifying descent into hell commences, page by page of what it seems to be his last novel...
It goes from dramatic reasoning to psycho lunacy and only gets better from there. From a man's good intentions of trying to reconcile with his wife to his intent to commit murder, it starts off a tad dreary and goes to hell as things take a turn for the creepy. It's an unpleasant read, but in a good sense. In the single volume that encompasses it, we get to know enough of the main to feel like he isn't just a cog in the machine to move the plot along. He has depth and his wife is given some padding out, who is simply more than a miffed miss. We know more about how they got there instead of just a disturbing present and unpleasant circumstances and more about the situation at hand, but not everything. Some explanations are left out but if everything was explained it wouldn't be as imaginative, would it? Or it wouldn't be... as thinky as things go. But you know: past, check. Present events go along in a grim and what I think is a realistic and stylish art style. It feels sketchy at times but in a way that benefits the tone. It lends itself to the creepiness and with excellent use of shadows makes the suspense and chills all the greater. It's unpleasantly pleasant to the eye without resorting to absolute gore and blood to make a point. Features great character design in terms of the main, the cave dweller and the boy. At the end of the tale, I felt satisfied. It reached an end that I liked and the journey through was more than just creepy. It's a fast read and works well as a single volume work. High marks for the main, as it's about him first and foremost; liked the art even if it did become a bit crazy at times but high marks for the main. Again. And I just felt satisfied for the most part on the story.
I've been on a recent horror/psychological kick recently, and that's how I stumbled upon the short manga, Hideout. I expected it to be your run-of-the-mill horror manga, but it had it's own unique take, reminding me more of American horror movies than the surreal vague feeling that Japanese horror gives off. The artwas spectacular, and perfect for a horror manga- Dark imagery, heavy rain. It was all so fitting. I enjoy that the main character is not a good person, even at the start, as he plans to kill his wife. Instead of being a niave victim of circumstance, he's a calculated person with a premeditated plan. The themes of cannibalism, and being confined were good too,, without feeling like the mangaka was trying too hard or going overboard. There's also a really nice twist at the end. It's a manga with no happy ending, and it works really well for what it's doing. THe pacing was nice. Everything was explained well. It never felt rushed, or slow. A definite recommend.
Guys literally, this is such a decent 9 chapter horror manga that I've ever come across! The story goes about a couple who's marriage is pretty much "on the rocks" and can I just say here, the wife is a major assh*le in this like she treats her husband so bad. The poor guy was a struggling writer and like, he was guilty of their sons death. Yet she on the other hand, seemed to care less about the sons death and is pretty much a selfish character that I absolutely loathe to put as one of my most hated characters list lol. Anyway he turns crazy and the rest where they enter the cave is where the interesting and thrilling shenanigans start to happen folks! Now personally, it ain't scary but more psychological in its way. However it really gets you and the art is *chefs kiss* for a short horror manga!
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