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Panorama of Hell

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PANORAMA OF HELL is a shocking, tortuous journey into the depths of one man's postnuclear Hell. Through the confessions of a fiendish Hell painter born in the aftermath of the bombing of Hiroshima, Hideshi Hino tells a nightmarish story, creating a manga masterpiece of black humor, stunning vision, and unflinching imagery.
Paperback, 200 pages
Published January 29th 1993 by Blast Books (first published 1984)
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Charles Schneider
Aug 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
I am bias because I helped translate this manga with my friend Screaming Mad George, the movie effects genius. It was an early and pioneering effort by Blast Books - which I brought to their attention because the horrific yarn riveted me so!
Nate D
May 02, 2014 rated it liked it
What initially seems to be nothing more than shock-art flurry of stylizedly gruesome images and scenes of death and destruction, gains a surprising poignancy as it slowly builds personal and historical context. WWII casts a long shadow across the generations that survived and followed it.
Anna Kļaviņa
Loosely based on Hino's own experience Panorama of Hell is a shocking, violent, furious and bloodthirsty work of art.

The unnamed artist paints with his own blood pictures of hell. He is working on his biggest picture now and the reader is welcomed to the artist's world when he starts to tell more about his finished works. A world that is full of atrocities, broken lives, violence and madness.

Jen Rempel
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Aug 13, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics, japan, 1980s
Hard to take seriously at first. Not subtle at all. No slow buildup like a Junji Ito manga. However, later on it got moderately disturbing, but never really horrifying or scary. Kind of a shock value manga. Quality of art varied. I liked the backgrounds a lot more than the characters. The Manchuria setting was good though.
Mar 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Wyatt Ryder
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Most horror authors build up slowly, but Panorama of Hell had me feeling visceral about 4 pages in. The shock value art of this manga is supported with the increasingly maddening story that will make you even start to sympathise with the main character, (view spoiler) A brilliant read that is almost the perfect length, you will never feel bored or like the story is dragging on like other horror ...more
Inés Bleu
Aug 22, 2018 rated it did not like it
Buenas ilustraciones, pero la historia...demasiada sangre y violencia gratuita. Me gustan los cuentos y comics de horror, pero con atmósferas sutiles que se construyen de a poco. Eso no lo encontrarán acá. Además está el tema del maltrato animal, sé que es sólo una historia, pero resulta algo chocante ver cómo matan tantos animales. No he leído más de Hideshi Hino, pero buscaré otros títulos para ver si son mejores que éste.
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hideshi Hino's masterpiece.
Sus dibujos y el tema tratado consiguió mi rechazo, si eso es lo que buscaba lo ha conseguido. Es lo primero que leo de este autor, capaz PANORAMA INFERNAL no es lo mejor de él, aunque tengo entendido que es una especie de autobiografía. Lo positivo que puedo sacar de toda esta locura de historia es su moraleja final, la violencia que genera violencia, lo que marca la infancia con padres violentos. No paraba de recordar anécdotas de asesinos seriales, que empezaron a hacer daño a animales y fuer ...more
Philippe Lhoste
C'est un manga d'horreur, qui effectivement m'a mis très mal à l'aise, face au délire psychotique du narrateur, un peintre peignant l'enfer, celui qu'il vit, et celui qu'il a vécu, lui et ses parents et sa famille...

Il est assez gore, pas vraiment terrifiant, mais très malsain. Pas forcément complaisant, je crois que l'idée est de montrer, entre autres, comment le passé guerrier récent du Japon (2nd guerre mondiale) était horrible.

Nov 15, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: comic-and-manga
Leí hace tiempo "El niño gusano", un manga del mismo autor que, a pesar de ser también gore, se sostiene en su argumento y resulta una lectura amena dentro de lo que cabe esperar.

En "Panorama of hell" se le nota demasiado que lo único que busca es provocar rechazo y asco en el lector, y lo único que ha conseguido conmigo ha sido que me aburra y me resulte indiferente todo lo que pasa en la historia.

Nada recomendable.
Jul 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fumetti
Disgustoso e disturbante. Una di quelle cose che permettono di avvicinarsi in (relativa) sicurezza a tutti quei pensieri e quelle sensazioni che credi di conoscere e che invece no. Favoletta più nera del nero, non priva di black humor. Un salto indietro a quello che c'era nella tua cameretta di notte..sotto al letto, nell'armadio, nelle tue mani quando strappavi le ali alle mosche.
Sarwat Yunus
Dec 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
I just finished reading the book. I've been sitting here for a good 5 minutes wondering what I just read.

Gruesome,violent, disturbing - combined with a very distinctive style of drawing that complements the entire madness. The artist in the story shows the readers his 'hell paintings', as he calls them. In essence, he shows us that this world that we live in is the ultimate hell.

Me likey.
Joey Dhaumya
Nov 23, 2015 rated it liked it
This went from being revolting and unimpressive, not because of its gory content but the repetitive and uncompelling first half, to blowing me away by the end of it. The poignant madness of it creeps up on you
May 24, 2015 rated it did not like it
Diverges from Akutagawa's original short story to look at sexualised violence, abuse and inter-generational trauma: "i've seen images of hell since I was in my mother's womb". But it's never as rich. Panders too much to shock, disgust, ridiculousness.
Oct 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
twisted dark gruesome good times love his work
Sep 23, 2015 rated it did not like it
Jul 13, 2007 rated it it was ok
Disturbing, but not particularly compelling.
James Dunphy
WHAT THE HELL DID I JUST READ? In-sane. Hino is nuts. This is post World War II and trans-generational trauma at its finest.
Nov 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
I didn't even understand what was happening half the time but for some reason I enjoyed it.
Apr 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Es como si Jhonen Vasquez y Junji hubieran tenido un hijo <3
Mar 12, 2015 added it
Shelves: asia
It could have been an incredible work, if the first half was much shorter.
Michael Sorbello
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A short but shocking, brutal and horrifying look into extreme depravity. Again, not the greatest in terms of story, but worth reading for the ridiculous levels of shock value alone.
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Hideshi Hino (日野日出志 Hino Hideshi, born April 19, 1946) is a Japanese manga artist who specializes in horror stories. His comics include Hell Baby, Hino Horrors, and Panorama of Hell. He also wrote and directed two of the Guinea Pig horror movies which were based on his manga: Flower of Flesh and Blood, which he also starred in, and Mermaid in a Manhole.
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