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Saturday, 24 April 2010

Manga Review: Homunculus


Title: Homunculus
Author: Yamamoto Hideo
Release: Monthly
Status: Ongoing
Genre: Psychological, Seinen
Art: A
Originality: S+
Story: A
Characters: S+
Humor: B
Action: B

Impression: This story focuses on a man who lives in his car parked halfway between a 5-star hotel and park where the homeless gather. When he finds himself strapped for cash, he is offered the money he needs by a queer looking man in exchange for taking part in an experimental study concerning an obscure surgery. He takes the surgery but soon after having done so, the man finds that by closing one of his eyes he is literally able to see the world in a new way. The inhumanly distorted monsters take the place of various people and the forms that these monsters take are based on the insecurities and issues that person struggles with. This is an incredibly fascinating read with how the original concept of the Hommunculus is played with. Naturally with a premise like this, characters are fleshed out a great deal to the point where it REALLY feels like TOO much information. I don’t mean all the psychobabble but rather the ugly parts of the individuals in this series. The author does not pull punches when it comes exposing the readers to that ugliness and you will definitely balk at some of the squick he throws in there. Seriously, the main character has one vice that grosses the hell out of me and as much as I’d like to tell you what that is, it is a big plot point. In any case if you think you can stomach the ewwww that this story throws at you then you should check this out. Additionally, if you liked the fantastic Ghost Hound anime from a few years back or have an inclination towards the way people think then this amazing series is an absolute must read.

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