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Nijigahara Holograph

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  2,259 ratings  ·  290 reviews
Butterflies ominously proliferate as children whisper rumors of a mysterious creature lurking in the tunnel behind the school. To appease its wrath, they decide to offer it a sacrifice--a human one. But this is only the beginning of Nijigahara Holograph, which takes place in two separate timelines and involves the suicidal Amahiko; Kohta, the lovestruck bully; their teache ...more
Hardcover, 300 pages
Published March 19th 2014 by Fantagraphics (first published July 25th 2006)
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David Schaafsma
"A holograph is a document written entirely in the handwriting of the person whose signature it bears."

Inio Asano’s Nijigahara Holograph is a very powerful comic. Asano also did Solanin, which I liked very much; that one is relatable and Solanin as a character is very likeable, but this one (Holograph, which came out in Japan in 2006), is stranger and more disturbing by far and also more powerful. If you are tempted to think that comics are for kids, think again. This is an artistic accomplishm
Raeleen Lemay
Sep 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
I have no idea what I just read
May 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You won't come away from this story feeling good, or happy about yourself and the world around you. It's unlikely that you'll close the book, turn to the one you love, and say, 'You know what? I have a feeling that everything is going to be alright.'

Simply put, the book won't let you. It will take you gently by the hand, and guide you on a walk through a world of twisted and broken individuals, unable to recover from the pain and loss of the past, and perhaps unwilling to. Through the eyes of th
Well! That was weird and depressing but also intriguing and disturbing.
I'd give it a 3.5 but not one that's strong enough to bump to 4.
I think Thomas Hobbes would really like this book, were he alive today.

Here's my quick introduction to this story:
An entire town is stuck in a loop of misery, despair, hopelessness, and butterflies.
Arie was an emotionally damaged young girl and talked about the monster who would end the world, a belief her mother had voiced before she left with her son and marrie
Feb 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga, favorites
This is one of those stories you tend to read over and over again just so you could make more sense out of it and no matter how many times you read it, you find something different about it, something you never noticed was right there. That is the beauty of Nijigahara Holograph, and the gift which comes from the genius mind of Inio Asano, the creator of the beautiful manga, Solanin.

It's funny how the name, Rainbow Field Holograph, is somewhat of a contrast to the theme of the manga. Where the ti
Dec 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An elegantly brutal and supremely confident narrative labyrinth, rewarding the multiple readings that it demands. Highly recommended to fans of Kobo Abe, David Lynch, and Apichatpong Weerasethakul.
juan carlos
Apr 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cuando encuentras un libro que te pone a pensar bastante, que te pone hacer conjeturas, hipótesis y armas rompecabezas, sabes que será un reto de comprensión lectora. Pero cuando lo logras resolver, sabes que es un excelente libro por que te solicitó tu verdadera madera de lector.

MI cabeza esta a punto de la explosión, por lo que acabo de terminar de leer.

¿Para qué leer Nijigahara Holograph?

1. Por que es una gran novela que combina perfectamente el realismo mágico, con la violencia infantil, l
Nate D
Oct 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: The tunnels beneath the streets
Recommended to Nate D by: Jeff Jackson
One reservation I have with a lot of manga is the episodic nature of its production, and how this dictates narrative decisions. Like how there are episodes in Uzumaki which could be removed without any loss whatsoever to the whole, or the constant cycles of action that bear the reader along across many issues in even something as cohesive as Akira. Even Taiyo Matsumoto's narratives unfold in a series of essentially compartmentalized sections. I'm listing all things that I like, or even love, her ...more
Rebecca McNutt
A beautiful graphic novel in the vein of Ring and Akira, Nijigahara Holograph is one I'd definitely recommend if you like school-set stories or urban legends.
Sep 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: a butterfly gets its wings
Recommended to Mariel by: cowards of the year
This might sound bad...
But I think he'd be better off not waking up at all.

A butterfly portends on Amahiko's rooftop reality confession, settling on a head there and corner of eye consciousness as he doesn't know if he is dreaming. His decrepit wheelchair confined adopted father calls out someone's name, not Amahiko and not for now.

Everywhere butterflies, they only live a day and which is this. They wish it had never happened, straight down from the gut. Sometimes they are children again but wi
Coral Davies
Apr 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
A disturbing and chaotic read.

This tale is based around a chilling myth that in the local area a young girl, who is repeatedly reincarnated, appears with the ability to predict the future and announces that a monster lives in a tunnel that will bring about the end of the world. The townsfolk, fearful of this revelation, sacrifice the girl and her reincarnations to appease the creature, not realising that with each death it grows ever larger.

This myth and it's telling leads the main character,
Elizabeth A
May 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016, graphix, translated
I picked up this manga based on the beauty of the cover art, and while I liked the art in this one, I did not understand what was going on for most of the story.

I knew going in that this was a horror story, and I quite liked how the author shows that what is often most horrifying is not some unknown bogeyman, but often the people around us. There is clearly trauma of various types in this story, and some of those scenes are shown in ways that made me pause for several minutes. However, I was co
Una pieza retorcida donde Asano nos muestra su talento para tejer historias desde todas las perspectivas posibles. La paranoia generalizada del pequeño pueblo en el que transita la historia, lo embarga todo y revolotea en torno a las víctimas de un fuego cruzado entre lo monstruoso y lo luminoso.

Recomendable hacer lectura y relectura para entender la relación entre todos los personajes.

Final destacable que, aunque se salta las leyes la lógica narrativa, funciona perfectamente en el circo de los
This is worth reading solely for the visual language -- the paneling and pacing is excellent, and Asano uses black space to striking effect. The art itself is striking and effective, but the actual layout of the pages is what stood out the most.

It's hard to comment much in terms of content; I feel incredibly unqualified to really dissect the story. It's one that invites multiple re-readings. Nijigahara Holograph is a patchwork story, and Asano slots it together well--not neatly, but masterfully.
I need to talk about this book with someone...soon.

The art is stunning.


Absolutely gorgeous


The effect is so well done in contrast to how crappy EVERY. SINGLE. CHARACTER. PORTRAYAL. IS.

I'm not sure if I'm more amazed at the art or the the sophisticated storyline. It's not that I'm amazed at any stereotypical reasons like a comic "being smart, etc." I just can't believe that the coherence wasn't lost along the way. You pay attention to such detail it detracts from the storyline---you focus on th
Stewart Tame
May 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
A striking and enigmatic work. This is one of those books that one reads again and again, noting nuances and details each time that one never noticed before. The tale is non-linear with a fairly large cast. There's a slow, dream-like quality to this book. It reminds me, in some ways, of the films of Peter Greenaway. And, like those movies, at the end of it all, the reader may not necessarily understand everything, but the beauty, richness and import of the work are undeniable.
Mar 10, 2018 rated it did not like it
DNF @ ch. 7 Buddy read with my daughter. My choice.

?!?!? This was confusing. I had to quit.

This is a flipped book, so it has to be read backward. When I jokingly told my daughter, "What if I want to read this front to back instead of back to front?", she started laughing and said, "I don't want give away anything."
I asked why she kept laughing and she said, "It would make about as much sense if you read it that way."

Uhm...yeah. She was right. This made no sense. The fact that all the character
Feb 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Chuang Tzu soñó que era una mariposa. Al despertar ignoraba si era Tzu que había soñado que era una mariposa o si era una mariposa y estaba soñando que era Tzu.
— Chuang Tzu

Así de confusa además de dura es la historia de que Inio Asano nos presenta. Es un relato donde es difícil diferenciar los sueños y la realidad. Y donde el pasado y el presente se unen.
Lateef Amodu
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
This is the first book I’ve read by Inio Asano and unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy it. It’s not a terrible graphic novel, I just that couldn’t understand what was going in the story. I found it even more confusing with the way the story keeps switches from various time frames. I couldn’t tell who was the main character. Also, was this a murder mystery, phycological thriller, both or something else? Again, this is not a bad story, but I wasn’t able to enjoy it because I couldn’t grasp what was goin ...more
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Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics

"Don’t expect any pity from Inio Asano towards the reader because he will show you, very blatantly, the most weird, shocking and barbarian events." (...)

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Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic
I think I'm going to need to reread this one.
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read this immediately after finishing the first Goodnight Punpun volume and I think it is very interesting to see how the two stories compare. Nijigahara is very intense and yet even without fully understanding everything it still strikes a profound chord within me. It is the kind of book that you could re-read several times and take something different away from it every time. I probably will re-read it just because it is a book that requires a lot of thought and reflection. I think that Asan ...more
Feb 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, manga
Incredibly bleak manga about a group of individuals trapped in a never-ending cycle of violence. Inio Asano cuts between timelines and withholds crucial information until late in the book to create a sense of dislocation. The artwork consciously alternates between drab institutional interiors and desolate empty skies. Jarring close-ups and sudden, brutal violence add to the sensation of claustrophobia and hopelessness.

The puzzle-box structure means you'll probably have to read this at least twi
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Para mí el mejor Asano hasta la fecha!
(ojo!!! que me faltan Solanin y PunPun!!!).
Es una historia un tanto extraña y al terminarlo no sabes muy bien que has leído, pero te mantiene enganchado y el dibujo es excelente. Eso si, aparece cierto tema velado que me ha resultado sumamente desagradable, y que por desgracia es algo que sigue ocurriendo.
En general no es una lectura para todo el mundo
Sara Molina León
Este manga me sorprendió mucho en varios aspectos. Desde luego, no pasa desapercibido en las lecturas de cómic/manga/novela gráfica que he hecho.

Se trata de una historia confusa y difícil de seguir en numerosas ocasiones debido a los saltos en el tiempo en que se basa su estructura. El autor desea exigirle un esfuerzo al lector para reconstruir la trama (en mi opinión, este esfuerzo a veces es demasiado grande y se corre el peligro de perder la atención del lector).

Sin embargo, hay partes muy p
Jun 20, 2016 rated it did not like it
Qué libro más cansino. Drama tras drama, joder; suicidios, madres anteriormente tuertas por un ladrillazo que abusan de sus hijos, jefes que sugieren a sus empleados que se cercenen los dedos mientras cortan chuletas, niños que matan a otros niños, chistes sobre matar a tus propios hijos, jeje; parricidio, violaciones a menores, ¿incesto?, MARIPOSAS y seguro que me dejo algo.
Luego llegas al final y no te has enterado de una puta mierda. Hacen falta varias lecturas para entender esta obra maestra
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Este manga contiene dos novelas gráficas a cual más dura. Trata con mucho realismo los temas de la violencia, el maltrato infantil y sus consecuencias al punto de ser un libro que no puede dejar a nadie indiferente. Logra un equilibrio impresionante y hay que decir que no sobra ni una sola viñeta ejecuta con maestría la economía del arte. Tiene saltos temporales y cambios de narrador que generan la sensación en el lector de estar frente a un rompecabezas que una vez armado le va a dejar rota el ...more
Tar Buendía
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Este es un manga muy raro.

Si no te gustan demasiado las historias experimentales sin una estructura concreta desde luego este no es el manga para ti. Es una obra que busca provocar y, a menudo, además de densa es desagradable.

Pero, si estás en un estado mental concreto y puedes dejarte llevar, es bastante posible que te guste.

A mí me ha encantado.
Sep 11, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mangas
El dibujo es impresionante, pero he terminado la historia sin saber bien qué he leído exactamente (y ojo, que lo he leído dos veces. Cuando lo publicó Ponent y ahora). Siento que el autor ha ido dejando piezas para que nosotros montáramos el puzle a base de metáforas y flashbacks pero al final se le ha ido completamente de las manos. Una pena, porque el tomo es una auténtica delicia visual.
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Inio Asano (浅野いにお Asano Inio, born September 22, 1980 in Ishioka, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan) is a Japanese manga author. Asano created the acclaimed manga Solanin which was released as a feature film in Japan in April 2010, starring Aoi Miyazaki. He is known for his character driven, realist stories that range from slice of life stories to psychological horror. In 2001 he won the first prize in th ...more
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