Bizenghast, Volume 1

Bizenghast, Volume 1

by M. Alice LeGrow, Shawn Thorgersen


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ISBN-13: 9781427810304
Publisher: TOKYOPOP
Publication date: 08/12/2008
Series: Bizenghast Series , #1
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.08(w) x 10.06(h) x 0.70(d)

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Bizenghast, Volume 1 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Minerva_Madness More than 1 year ago
I'm a manga fan and had previously seen the Bizenghast graphic novels on shelves while shopping. I thought the cover art was pretty- very unique- but the art on the inside of the first issue seemed a bit rushed, so I never bought it.

Then I found this book, the volume one accompaniment to the Bizenghast story. At first I was skeptical, because I'd read other text versions of manga; they're usually crappy, poorly translated, jumbled, and nearly impossible to follow. So it's more than safe to say that I was blown out of the water upon reading this book! I went back later and read the manga, and it was no where near as impressive. The author does such a lovely job of painting the world of Dinah and Bizenghast- it's gorgeous. Not to mention the fact that he really takes the reader into the minds of the characters, which is something that one can't really get while reading the comics (usually.) I could hardly set the book down, I was so enthralled. I'm an avid reader of non-graphic fiction and fantasy, and I have to say that even though this book was based off of a manga, it ranks with many enjoyable original stories that I've read.

In short, this novel is -so- much easier to understand than the manga, and the author really fleshes out each character. Plus, the illustrations mixed in throughout are intricate and enjoyable. Each nightly adventure of Dinah and Vincent is chilling and unique and expressed so thoughtfully in this book. Of course, I'd highly reccomend it to fans of Bizenghast and anyone looking for a short but very fun and unique read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is not my first gothic comic/manga, but I almost wish it was. I loved the storyline, but after reading so many other mangas, it just doesn't stick out. It was a very good book, but I don't think I will keep up the series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put it down...I bought it today and I have read it three times already...I love it and I can't wait for the next installment!!!!
LadyAttercop on LibraryThing 18 days ago
An interesting goth-flavored comic from Tokyo Pop by the tongue-tying title Bizenghast. While there are still some anatomy issues to be worked through by the artist/writer Alice LeGrow, and the work is at times uneven, there are also some gorgeous renderings and interesting visuals (a forest covered in string, or a young woman with a bird cage for a torso spring to mind), and the costume designs are wonderful. The premise is very Brothers Grimm, which I like, and it promises to get better as it goes along.
Jacey25 on LibraryThing 18 days ago
The Bizenghast series revolves around a young girl, Dinah who has lost her parents, & is living with her aunt in a creepy converted house prior boy's reform school (& previously to that a mental institution). She is a bit mentally unstable (not surprising). She and her best friend Vincent discover a cemetary in the woods and she becomes bound in contract to return every night to the place & free the ghosts one at a time. Vincent helps her despite having no obligation to.This is quite an engaging manga series with appealing artwork. I can't put my finger on why I like the series but I do and reccomend it. These books see the "trials" (freeing the ghosts) becoming increasingly diificult while other challenges develop.
Mali_Mate on LibraryThing 18 days ago
I wonder what should I write about this one. I read comics all my life, from crappiest superheroes to modernist art of Fellini, Jodorowsky or brothers Hernandez. I'm realtively new to manga form - them being too expensive and all. But, since they started to publish manga (OEL and original) in my ocuntry for some kind of affordable price, I wanted to feel that universe too.And now I'm at loss for what to say. I see gothic lolita imagerie, I see dementia and madhouses written all over it, I see nightmarish images of pure horror, misunderstanding and mystery that has yet to be unravelled. Underneath all of that I see underlying story of love and understanding, of romance begining and mysteries of childhood imagined in a certain weird kind of way that one should grow accustomed to. Putting asside all clichés of modern gothic art that appeals to all those girls with bleached faces and tight leather corsets beneath dark robes, there is certain kind of imagination present here - imagination that says - Alice Le Grow can write (and draw but that's beside the point). Being new to manga, especially to manga of this genre, I cannot say anything about cliched storytelling or any such thing, having read too little of this. All I can say is that, upon taking this volume, I was immediately transfered to world of Bizenghast, I lurked trough it's shadowed places, I traveled with Dinah in quest for my sanity, I wondered about dark mysteries that lies beneath all of it and in the process I enjoyed myself. Is it not the kind of thing any piece of art should be able to do to it's consumers? To immerse one into it's own world, and make him at home there.Bizenghast did this to me, and I can only recommend it. Maybe my thought will change upon reaching the final volume, but that is yet to be seen. For now, adventure of travel and discovery is before me.
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samanthawd More than 1 year ago
i found that dinah (main character) was a very perfect fit for the plot. i loved the firts book so much that i am going to buy the wholr set!
extreme-reader08 More than 1 year ago
I have never read a story like this one. It is definitely unique! I recommend it to those who want a little taste of something new. Terrifying, enchanting, and appeals to every reader's emotions of being afraid and alone. Outstanding characterization and plot. A definite keeper.
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jta_8888 More than 1 year ago
An amazing gothic manga! A must-have for any fan of the quirky and darker side to fiction. Although this is only the second manga series I've started collecting, it's already become a precious treasure amongst my books. The characters Ms. LeGrow created are as unique as the dark setting she has created, and you really do start to empathize for the situation Dinah is in. Please check into this series!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I'll admit that I was a little skepttical that this book would be as good as the manga. But it was amazing how the author showed Bizenghast with words instead of pictures.He really brought the story to life and it was hard to put it down!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I Love Bizenghast it a real good manga, you start to understand the characters its a great story and because i am teenager myself i relate to the story in some parts
Guest More than 1 year ago
As the first book to a series that often blows minds, Bizenghast fills all of my expectations. After quickly devouring this volume, I consumed the whole series, and am now waiting to buy the fifth volume. My best friend and I almost imediatly claimed male characters, and my male friend fell in love with Dinah at an inhuman speed (Ari claimed Edrear, I claimed Vincent, and we decided to share Edaniel after a VERY long battle that almost ruined our friendship). So, on behalf of the OBFC (official bizenghast fan club) this series is reccomended to the fullest extent!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was my first gothic tokyopop book and it was the best i love this book
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is just an awesome manga! This is not my first manga, but I still thought it was great. The storyline really interests me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Who could resist?? I've read both of these books, and I've only had them for two days. Bizenghast is one of my first mangas (Life was the first). It's probably my favorite. Diana and Vincent are a cute couple^.^
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bizenghast is one of my favorite mangas! I can't wait until the next one comes out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's freaking awesome!