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Mr. Arashi's Amazing Freak Show

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  608 ratings  ·  44 reviews
Paperback, 160 pages
Published January 14th 1993 by Blast Books (first published September 1984)
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liliko This is very late, but it is on a guro manga website and most likely on mangafox. It isn't cheap, but it's on Amazon for about $50.

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juan carlos
Que pedazo de libro, dentro de la literatura de horror.

Un terror gore dentro de un circo o show de fenómenos. Donde un romance se vuelve perturbador y te lleva a un desenlace sin esperanza y lleno de locura.

¿Para que leer La niña de las camelias?

1. Por que Suehiro Maruo te llena de diálogos feroces y llenos de maldad, donde va a llegar un momento que dirás esto es verdad o es una pesadilla literaria.
2. Los personajes están llenos de maldad y deformidades. Hay momentos que es demasiada explosió
Aug 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
If you know what ero-guro is, you know what you're getting into with Suehiro Maruo's work. He's one of the most well-known artists working in this area - the nexus of violence and beauty (or eroticism) - and it's pretty much a given that if you can't handle splatter films you shouldn't really be looking here.

No, I'm serious. I've seen some pretty terrible horror films, and the art on display here is fairly heinous, even by those standards. It's fetishistic and violent, and it takes cute puppy-l
Oct 26, 2007 rated it it was amazing
There's manga and then there's uber-weird MANGA. Suehiro Maruo is a genius as far as I can tell. Super sexual, super violent, and super weird with a very retro style of drawing and coloring, Maruo lets his imagination go wild - and it's scary at times. But one has to buckle in their seat and just go on the wild ride.

And everytime I go to Japan I try to locate more of his books. He's a fantastic artist and it would be great if there was some sort of a retrospective of his work. Either in book for
Noise Incapacitant
Dec 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
Masterpiece, I love this book. Mr. Arashi's Amazing Freak Show contains some of the most beautiful and detailed illustrations I've seen in any book, I adore the backgrounds and atmospheric settings, the massive half page/page illustrations of Midori and co. are just spellbinding, I stopped for around a minute each one just to take it all in. A giant Midori spinning around after being thrown in the air turns into a giant in this psychedelic big top like tent, all the freaks are looking up at her, ...more
Artur Coelho
Dec 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Há duas coisas que me fascinam no manga de horror japonês: a estranheza absurda e surreal do conceito nipónico de terror, tão diferente da nossa sensibilidade, e o espantoso grafismo com que este é ilustrado, normalmente reminiscente do melhor da arte japonesa tradicional.

Este Mr. Arashi's Amazing Freak Show mergulha-nos num circo especializado em aberrações humanas, que vive da curiosidade mórbida que desperta nas populações. Midori, uma jovem orfã e a menos aberrante das personagens, é recolhi
Jenny Gonzalez- Blitz
May 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
As a horror story, this is completely unstoppable--there are no "misunderstood monsters", no solution, no outcome with a brighter tomorrow. Even when things are going well, they're kind of fucked. The story, of an orphaned 12 year old girl named Midori in a freakshow in the Japanese countryside, is a bludgeoning tale of abuse heaped upon abuse. Any attempts Midori makes to stand up for herself are only met with more brutal treatment. She finds some respite in the form of a love affair with a dwa ...more
Ben Bueno
Aug 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
What a pleasant surprise. I was a fan of Maruo's art before buying this, without realizing he is also a mangaka. Turns out Midori, the Ultra-controversial anime film, is an adaptation of this book.
So, I gave Maruo a shot to see how good he is comics wise, and turns out he's great!

I think that not saying anything about the story is the best in this case, as I myself knew some details of the overall story (because I've seen some scenes from Midori), and it spoiled some of the fun.

All in all, a gre
Feb 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
This was so twisted. Loved it. Made my guts crawl inwards and my brain shudder in skull-shattering quakes. Doesn't get a 5 because the plot was pretty much pointless. The artwork and grotesqueness made up for it though. Recommended to anyone that wants to undergo severe mental strain.
"I just want to go home."
Jun 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Not a kind book, but a beautiful one.
Shōjo Tsubaki is probably Maruo-sensei's most famous work. It is more toned down than his other works and goes much more in depth than the 1992 movie. It follows a young girl Midori, who has the most horrible life imaginable. She joins a traveling freak show and is subjected to abhorrent treatment from the other members. Her savior, a dwarf magician, stops this horrible treatment of Midori and "rescues " her. In the end, it turns out that he is just as wicked as the rest of the troupe. This book ...more
Daniel Andreu
May 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: have
Tenía un recuerdo algo peor de Midori, que me había gustado pero que no me había dicho mucho. Con esta segunda lectura me han calado mucho más la perversion y la absoluta falta de esperanza de la sufridora por excelencia que es la protagonista. Y por supuesto un dibujo INCREÍBLE. Ah, y un epílogo surrealista en el que el propio Maruo tiene un encuentro absurdo con un montón de artistas y personalidades que hacen cosas raras mientras Midori cuenta lo que fue de su vida después de lo que se cuenta ...more
Scott Baker
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Rieski Kurniasari
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
I need several months to prepare my mental for reading this manga. I accidentally found Shoujo Tsubaki live action online and some of the footages were kind of disturbing. I didn't even dare to see the images on google searching. However, it also made me curious about the whole story!

To describe Shoujo Tsubaki, I would choose these words: horror + psychedelic + surrealism + tragic. The drawing style is impressive and also it reminds me of Junji Ito's works.

I am unsure giving the 4-star rating,
Juan David
Puntos positivos:
- Los dibujos son extremadamente graficos.
- la lectura es rapida,no se puede soltar.
- La historia de Midori es triste, siempre intentanto buscar ser feliz pero siempre encontrando razones para perder toda esperanza.
- Los personajes son originales y geniales, cada uno muy curioso y muy cruel.
Puntos negativos:
- No cualquier persona puede disfrutar esta historia debido a sus fuertes y graficos momentos.
- El final, no es malo, pero es demasiado abierto, por lo general no me gustan
Wan Lin Qin
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shams Juhdi
Jun 12, 2018 rated it liked it
The weirdest thing I’ve ever read to be honest.
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
it's so freak
Aug 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: manga-and-comics
Pointlessly violent, and kinda gross. Really loved the art though.
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Midori: la niña de las camelias (1984), por Suehiro Maruo

„Cosas extrañas suceden durante la noche. Durante el día vuelan flechas. Una enfermedad contagiosa inunda las sombras. Por la tarde se vuelve fatal. Pero no tienes nada que temer. Y eso es todo. ¿Entendiste?„

Masamitsu, La maravilla embotellada.

Midori: la niña de las camelias en un manga basado en una historia del teatro yamishibai del siglo XII. En el año 1992 se realizó una adaptación bastante fiel.

Esta historia, aparentemente enterrada d
Charles Dee Mitchell
Oct 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
Maybe this had been too exuberantly recommended. It also makes me realize that even when reading manga or graphic novels I am expecting as much in the way of narrative as I am visuals.

Is there a story here? Sure. Midori is an orphaned child taken up by the owner of a failing freak show,. She is sexually and physically abused. When she takes in three abandoned puppies, one of the performers, a woman whose talent appears to involve nothing more than sitting naked in a bucket of snakes, discovers
M. A. P.
Nov 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Probably the very best of Maruo's works. The plot isn't much to gloat to for, it's very simple, circling around Midori, a little girl who ends up joining a freak circus where she is abused in various physical and emotional ways for the sheer joy of her abusers, until a magician dwarf joins the ensemble and takes her under his wing. Really felt less like erotic grotesque, and more like a disturbing, tragic tale of romance (I feel awkward calling it "love").

To be honest, the story couldn't matter
Sep 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Pretty weird. Not bad. Not the best horror or guro style manga I've read. It was just a bit... thin. Maybe too short, maybe excessively atmospheric with many panels going by with little or no dialogue. but there is something to be said for this approach. It is less reliant on gore and is more psychological, "trippy" and dream-like. The art is well done, and seems imitative of older manga styles, which goes with the Meiji era setting. The plot is easy enough to describe (slight spoiler ahead), a ...more
Shayla Mahi
Jan 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Suehiro Maruo became an instant inspirational artist when I first discovered him.

I soon became the proud owner of this manga and was completely blown away by this crazed surreal and bizarre story. After scrambling through many horror mangas, Maruo stands before me as my ultimate favorite. His style is lewd yet mesmerizing. When you think of a freak show, you think of human beings with deformities, tattooed ladies, or wolf man. Maruo steps further and brings a very unrealistic, yet realistic rep
Javier Jiménez
Esta es la historia de una niña huerfana de 13 años que es adoptada por un grupo de fenómenos de circo que le hacen la vida imposible. Las ilustraciones no fueron de mi agrado y la historia me pareció simplemente entretenida. Para destacar que la novela gráfica tiene un estilo propio, es algo surrealista, muy grotesca y pesimista. Debido a lo anterior, no se puede recomendar esta obra a cualquier persona, es dirigida solo para cierto público, ya que a algunas personas les puede parecer repulsiva ...more
Jamie Felton
Jan 11, 2008 rated it liked it
As was mentioned below, there is some artwork in this book that is somewhat difficult to ingest due to its creepy/graphic nature (particularly disturbing for some reason was the caterpillar going into an ear); however, interspersed throughout are these lovely, surreal images, breathtaking in their intricacy, that transform this book into something more than a lurid study of "freaks" and the multiple ways they torture a young girl.
Jesse Bullington
May 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Maruo is an amazing artist and his stories range from the sinister and surreal to the fullbore bizzaro, replete with eyeball licking and coprophilia. This work is his masterpiece, a comparatively subdued tale of an orphan trapped in a bizarre circus. Taking his cues more from wartime propaganda than other manga artists, his distinct style blends perfectly with the plot to create a haunting and memorable work of art.
Sean O'Hara
Sep 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga, eroguro
All you need to know about this is it's ero-guro, or erotic-grotesque, a surrealistic Japanese genre. And it's about circus freaks. And the main character is a teenage girl.

Basically, imagine the Perils of Pauline as directed by David Lynch, with H.R. Giger and Salvador Dali as the production designers. Then throw that out, because it's not nearly demented enough.
gregg fraser
Dec 10, 2015 rated it liked it
F*ck%d up. Still don't know what to say. At some point is this stuff just wrong? I guess if you're trying to visualize the worst nightmare of how to grow up, this would be it. Well drawn. Scary. But it's voyeuristic rather than sympathetic or instructive. Once again, Japan, can you leave the young children, especially girls, out of this?
Dec 19, 2007 rated it really liked it
little girls and sadistic megalomaniacal dwarves can make oddly endearing couples. very brutal and nearly made me puke, but some of the individual still images are some of the most beautiful things i've ever seen.
Cm Addams
Nov 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was my first guro manga I ever read. The story was very enticing and bittersweet. Poor is forced to grow up at such a young age, witness and endure so many horrible things in her young life that when she finally tastes happiness it almost seems too good to be true. And it is.
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丸尾 末広
Maruo graduated from junior high school in March 1972 but dropped out of senior high school. At the age of 15 he moved to Tokyo and began working for a bookbinder. At 17, he made his first manga submission to Weekly Shōnen Jump, but it was considered by the editors to be too graphic for the magazine's format and was subsequently rejected. Maruo temporarily removed himself from manga until No
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