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Nightmare Inspector: Yumekui Kenbun, Volume 1

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Dreams on the menu this volume: a restless soul, a murderous beauty, a woman afraid of falling apart, a grieving lover, an unforgiving son, a suicidal actress and a mysterious voice on the other end of a lonely young man's phone.

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Overview

Dreams on the menu this volume: a restless soul, a murderous beauty, a woman afraid of falling apart, a grieving lover, an unforgiving son, a suicidal actress and a mysterious voice on the other end of a lonely young man's phone.

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Editorial Reviews

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Gr 7 Up -This book draws on the Japanese folkloric figure, the baku, or nightmare eater. Hiruko, a feminine-looking man in a black cape, headquarters himself at the Silver Star Tea House. He consumes no human food, living instead on the dreams he takes from his visitors. His clients include a servant boy who has nightly visions of his dead mistress, a young woman who dreams of losing a body part and a bit of her memory, and an obsessed fan who wants to save a beloved movie star from suicide. These people, and others, come to Hiruko with the hope that he will enter their subconscious thoughts and take away these bad images. He professes an interest only in the tastiness and "nutritional" value of the dream-as with chocolate, the darker the better-he even encourages one client to commit suicide in a dream, because death has a particularly satisfying flavor. At the end of each dream, he explains its meaning to the loyal waitress at the tea house, leaving readers to wonder if the baku has some emotion after all. Mature and detailed, the graphics resemble those of both Hajime Sawada's "Orphen" (ADV Manga) and Mark Crilley's "Miki Falls" series (HarperTeen). The folkloric elements would fit in well with a curriculum unit, while the dreams themselves, sometimes bloody and always dark, would prove interesting to graphic novel fans.-Sarah Krygier, Solano County Library, Fairfield, CA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781421517582
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
  • Publication date: 4/8/2008
  • Series: Nightmare Inspector: Yumekui Kenbun Series , #1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 184
  • Sales rank: 1,361,209
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 5.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Shin Mashiba's first manga, Yumekui Kenbun (Nightmare Inspector), premiered in Monthly Stencile, a shojo magazine, in December 2001 and was then serialized in Monthly G Fantasy from 2003 to 2007.

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  • Posted January 20, 2009

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    Tales from the Baku

    The story falls upon the Tea House over and over within this Manga. Each chapter follows a new customer, a new nightmare, and a new reason for why they had their dream. It seems a bit repetitive, and from the first Manga I didn't really see any character development amongst the permanent cast. However, the dreams and stories that they are born from do entrance at points. <BR/><BR/>A fun read when you have nothing to do. I particularly found it useful while doing the laundry.<BR/><BR/>Recommendation: If you prefer ghosts and hauntings, try Legal Drug by CLAMP. But if you prefer Campfire Ghost Stories, the dreams in each chapter of "Nightmare Inspector" give that feel.

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  • Posted December 10, 2008

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    So, I actually recently took a leave from reading anything that did not pertain to my schooling, but finding this book and reading it made me fall back in love with Manga. The beginning itself even had a twist that I at first did not see coming, and that is hard to do because I am very good at predicting things that are going to happen. Even someone who does not particularly enjoy or are not particularly fascinated with manga & anime would enjoy this book.

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