The mangaka Hideshi Hino was a troubled boy, drawn to horror at an early age. His story, and more, are told in this tale of lullabies from Hell. A woman gives birth to a creature that isn't human; a boy and his classmates ride a train through a tunnel said to be infested with ghosts, and the worst thing happens; and a mentally-slow man covered in boils is shunned from his family and village.
Lullabies from Hell is another manga from Hideshi Hino - a very well known author who focuses on body horror of all types: pus, gore, torture, and other disgusting aspects. Thus, you should be aware of what you're getting into with any of his works, and your overall score might vary depending on how much you like that content. I'm not a huge fan of boils, people getting stabbed, animals getting tortured while alive, etc. So it's probably safe to say I didn't enjoy this manga. There's 4 stories, each is as disgusting as the last, though the most visually assaulting and horrific content is in the first one, where animals start getting tortured pretty quickly and graphically. The art is strongly reminiscent of Kazuo Umezu, with round, blocky faces and an older style. Overall meh unless you really want body horror or animal torture. Otherwise avoid.
The art is often like sloppy caricatures; there are decent moments, but it's generally just really bad. The first three stories all include (or imply) the idea of horrifying things coming about because somebody imagined them into existence, and someone with an active imagination who feels isolated from the rest of society is also a recurring idea. Chapter one was meh, chapter three was uninteresting, but chapters two and four were decently entertaining and included some pretty novel ideas. There's some unethical, and at times sociopathic, behavior; a lot of dismembered, rotting flesh and other gross-out stuff; supernatural phenomena; and an "intense" chase scene.
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