This particular deluxe edition was released a year later in , as part of the commemoration for Otomo winning the Nihon SF Taisho Award. The print size matches to dimensions of the panels that Otomo originally drew for the manga; just check out how big it is! The actual volume itself is in excellent condition, mint new I should say. I actually spotted a copy last year at Mandarake bookstore in Nakano below but I was already past my carry limit so I had to pass. He uses many other simple but effective techniques like perspective and negative space throughout his panels.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Domu by Katsuhiro Otomo. Dana Lewis Translator. Toren Smith Translator. Old Cho, a disturbed old man with psychic powers, takes control of an apartment complex and causes the tenants to kill themselves or others, but is finally challenged by Etsuko, a young girl with her own psychic talents.
Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published August 21st by Dark Horse first published More Details Original Title. Domu: A Child's Dream Japan's Science Fiction Grand Prix Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Domu , please sign up. Douglas Genowski If you just want to read it there are scans online. As far as purchasing I can't help you. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4.
Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Domu: A Child's Dream. Domu: Otomo's Pre-Akira Masterpiece The uncontrollable power of 'Akira' threatens to swallow everything in tentacle range, even it's older sibling, with whom the mega-manga shares it's own dramatis personae of troubled telekinetic characters: DOMU In an apartment mega-complex with thousands of residents, the suicide rate has risen dramatically.
An old man with terrifying psychic abilities has become senile, and is now indulging his deadly and selfish whims, manipulating the residents like puppets and sending some to their deaths.
The families of the victims are baffled. The police investigating the deaths don't know what to make of it all, but as they follow the bizarre trail of clues, they get closer to a killer they're incapable of stopping.
But when a little girl moves in with her family, the old man is suddenly confronted by someone determined to stop his malevolent games, a child with powers that might exceed his own.
The town-sized apartment complex becomes a battlefield between two psychic juggernauts, and the old man's malicious games unleash a storm of telekinetic fury that threatens to kill hundreds of innocent people.
Katsuhiro Otomo is like the Philip K. Dick of Manga. Katsuhiro lets the tension build naturally, and he's not looking for a gimmicky 'twist' Otomo was far ahead of his time, and his genius for graphic storytelling inspired an entire generation of young mangaka. Domu holds up remarkably well, and deserves to have a much wider audience; unbelievably, this is somehow out of print in North America. I don't know what the fuck Kodansha is thinking, but they need to publish a new edition and promote it, pronto.
If you belong to the oppressed faction who have been unjustly denied their Nerdly Right to read 'Domu', stop whatever you're doing and run blindly through swamp, forest, and city streets, screaming 'DOOOMUUUuuu If some asshole 'friend' shows up in the hospital with 'Appleseed', see if you can spray them with a stream of projectile vomit, and never speak to them again.
Shirow is Pyrite to someone prospecting the comic shops for pure Otomo Gold. Inexplicably Out-Of-Print Gold. Accept no substitutes. Nov 04, Seth T. And it has nothing to do with the quality of the work. Really, pound for pound, I find Domu a more exciting read packed with more thrills and better character moments than Akira. I prefer Domu to Akira , but do I do so justly? I mean, how could I ever know? In the end, the question might not even be worth asking, Which Is Better? Instead, the more worthwhile route may be simply to suggest that whatever the merits of the longer work—however completely awesome Akira might be— Domu is wholly on its own merits worth the time it takes to track down the book and settle into its wacky brand of urban horror.
Look at this panel. And now this. Before computers. Otomo may not be as awesome a father to my children as I am, but I am not near so awesome a father to my children as he is an illustrator.
His sense of design is impeccable. Think back on the work of Sergio Leone. That is what Otomo offers his characters. The chance to be enveloped in something preordained in such a way as to show off every facet in its most dynamic and awestriking light. Again, an example.
Also, Otomo here vertically flips the orientation so that the gound is at the top of the page and the sky at bottom. We see the rooftops with lamps on top. The two figures twist in the air high above the complex. The crazy woman, the mentally arrested giant, the hoodlum, the kid, the young detective, the chief detective, the spiritist.
Domu focuses heavily on police work and the reader spends a lot of time following an investigation that will ultimately be resolved in the most delicious deus ex machina—and by an unlikely deus.
It may actually be perfect. Whether perfect or not, the sheer talent invested into its every page is formidable and affecting. When I first encountered Domu fifteen years ago, I was certain the book would stick with me throughout my life. I loved the heck out of Akira.
Even the bizarro film adaptation. But suppose you were familiar with it, think back on how the opening seven minutes nearly dominates entirely the three hours that follow.
There is nearly no dialogue. Just three men waiting for a train. But through his command of sight and sound Leone crafts one of the most maddeningly memorable sequences in cinematic history. View all 4 comments. Jun 08, Anthony Vacca rated it it was amazing. Following a parade of suicides in a park-side spread of apartment complexes, an ineffective police investigation fails to detect that the culprit is a shrunken geriatric whose mask of senility hides a very potent command of psychokinesis as well as a sadistic streak.
When a young girl with a messy head of hair and equally wild and dangerous psychic abilities moves into a flat with her family, an extravaganza of carnage and mayhem soon follows. Sort of the Japanese answer to David Cronenberg's sc Following a parade of suicides in a park-side spread of apartment complexes, an ineffective police investigation fails to detect that the culprit is a shrunken geriatric whose mask of senility hides a very potent command of psychokinesis as well as a sadistic streak.
Sort of the Japanese answer to David Cronenberg's schizoid classic Scanners , Otomo's Domu is a high-octane romp that once again plumbs the blood-splattered possibilities of death by staring contest. Jan 27, Nate D rated it really liked it Shelves: comics , japan , read-in An eerie noir set in a sprawling housing complex, building into a conflagration of battling wills. At its strongest in its contexts: the housing complex is rendered in mind-bogglingly perfect architectural detail, fully conveying the inhuman scale of the place, even as the lives of a huge cast of residents are sk An eerie noir set in a sprawling housing complex, building into a conflagration of battling wills.
At its strongest in its contexts: the housing complex is rendered in mind-bogglingly perfect architectural detail, fully conveying the inhuman scale of the place, even as the lives of a huge cast of residents are sketched in brief, bold strokes. I would find it hard to argue because I too am in awe of it. But my heart belongs to Domu: A Child's Dream.
To me, it is Otomo's true masterpiece. It is a deeply moving piece of work that has inspired me throughout all my creative impulses when writing comix. An old man with incredible psionic abilities lives in one of Japan's massive housing projects--gigantic monolithic buildings housing the multitudes who are overpopulating the large island they live on.
Domu by Katsuhiro Otomo
ISBN: Amazon. And it has nothing to do with the quality of the work. Really, pound for pound, I find Domu a more exciting read packed with more thrills and better character moments than Akira. I prefer Domu to Akira , but do I do so justly? I mean, how could I ever know?
Domu: A Child's Dream
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