Asami Kawakami is a 17 year old highschool girl and is a member of her school's art club, which is run by her friend and adviser, Keigo Sawa. For some time, her best friend Chiharu hasn't been answering her cell phone and has also stopped coming to school. One day Chiharu shows up at the art club and says that the reason she was gone was because of a video game, and that she has also seen many horrific things. That day she goes home and, under the mysterious influence of the game, commits suicide. Asami goes to Chiharu's room after her death and finds the video game, "Portus," and takes it home in the hope of finding out what it is about this game that made her friend commit suicide.
About the Author
Jun Abe was born in 1972 in Shizuoka prefecture. He debuted with Nedan wa Ii-yo in 1990, and followed it with several other titles including The Yamada-ke, Miruo-Pon, and Japanese Ahokko Kids. While both The Yamada-ke and Miruo-Pon were serialized in Weekly Young Sunday, Japanese Ahokko Kids appeared in Monthly Sunday GX.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This was the first horror manga I've ever read, and now I'm hooked. Portus is freaky, interesting, and awesome all wrapped in one!!! I think the plot is very, very interesting, it was a great mystery. Honestly, a video game that kills people sounds kind of dumb, but it actually really cool! The animation itself was.....ummm....different, very different. But it worked with the overall mood and style of the book. The young heroine of the story is very brave...GIRL POWER! Since I bought it, I've read it about 3 times since. Its fun to read on those gray, rainy days. One day when it was raining, I made myself a cup of coffee, put on my pajamas and curled up in my bed and read it again. My only beef with the english translation was that they pixilized one of the pictures so we cant see half of it (they must of thought a horror manga was too scary and violent for us to see *rolls eyes*) Anyway, if youre looking for a good scare and a little bit of a mystery, I totally recommend Portus! Overall, I give it an A