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Aki's death has become something ...
Aki's death has become something straight out of a mystery. Much like the story behind UTSUBORA, there is something more to Aki, Sakura and their relationship with an author named Mizorogi than meets the eye. And it is possible that the only way to solve this mystery may be to uncover all their secrets.
Posted June 30, 2013
Utsubora presents a tasteful erotic mystery you want badly to understand. If you are 18 or over and love Japanese comics, you owe it to yourself to buy this book, and now. There is a bit of pompousness in the blurb on the back cover for the manga that would seem to be hard to realistically deliver on, especially for discerning adult readers. However, most of what the publisher says is quite true. But for a little clarification, Utsubora is actually not the first work of the artist to become available in English (and I do mean legally). Though, it is the first of her titles in print form. The previous distinction of ‘first’ was in digital form from a company who is no longer in business. So, as of now Utsubora is also the only example of Asumiko Nakamura’s work available for purchase to English speakers. Hopefully that will change because Utsubora is a fine, rare example of women’s comics from Japan which sadly are rarely published in America. This most recent example however, could quite easily (and I know it does) appeal to all sorts of men as well since it strikes a refined balance between plot and character relationship. Nakamura’s art style is to a certain extent inimitable. The pages are less minimalistic than some of her peers, nor feel as experimental. Her drawings sometime sport grotesque proportions, which in the case of Utsubora most likely accent the eerie and macabre mood found in large parts of the book. Figures contort themselves ever and ever more, seemingly in sync with the story’s own blurred, edgy, sinking path into the depths of human expectation, desire, morality and ugliness. Highly recommended.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.