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Iwaaki Hitoshi ▾

[born: 1959; bloodtype: ?]

A seinen-manga horror artist. Iwaaki's art is simple, powerful and sensitive, going against the 90s trend towards flashy pictures and vapid plots. He cites Tezuka as his main influence.



Kiseijuu [Parasitic Beasts, aka Parasyte]
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serialized on Afternoon, 1990-1995
10 volumes @ Y500
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One day, mysterious spores float down to Earth, their origin unknown. They invade animal and human hosts, assimilating their brains, and controlling their nervous systems. One attempts to invade 17-year-old Shinichi via his arm, but Shinichi blocks it off, and it assimilates his right arm instead. It learns Japanese overnight by reading books, and Shinichi christens him 'Miggy' ['Righty'], and as they both struggle to survive, a strange symbiotic relationship develops. A story loosely in the tradition of Day of the Triffids and Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

Kiseijuu became a runaway success, winning Koudansha's 1993 award for best manga. Despite its occasional horrific gore, it has a compelling, suspenseful atmosphere. Unlike many recent SF manga, it does not insult the reader's intelligence. Its treatment of human relationships is quite moving, and has even been compared to shoujo manga. It ended abruptly with the words, "Leaning on something... until the end of a life...". Director James Cameron has apparently acquired the film rights.

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Click to buy English translated volume 0 at Amazon.
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Click to buy English translated volume 8 at Amazon.
Click to buy English translated volume 9 at Amazon.
Click to buy English translated volume 10 at Amazon.
Click to buy English translated volume 11 at Amazon.
Click to buy English translated volume 12 at Amazon.
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Fuuko no Iru Mise
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serialized on Morning, 1987-88
4 volumes @ Y480
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No Synopsis.


Hone no Oto [The sound of bone]
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published by Koudansha, 1990
1 volume @ Y500
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A selection of short stories. The stories deal with the same themes as Parasyte and his other work, and in only one of them is his art style noticeably more primitive. {EIR}

(Apparently, reading this manga helps to understand the ending of Kiseijuu..)


Tanabata no Kuni [The Country of the July 7th Festival]

serialized on Big Comic Spirits, 1997
4 volumes @ Y500
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July 7th is the Star Gazing festival, which matters; the Land of the Star Gazing Festival would be a better translation. Complete in four volumes, the series starts out slow; nothing happens till vol 2. Once it gets going though it's pretty slam bang till its big finish. Basically, some humans have the ability to negate a sphere of reality, neatly removing it from existence. This gradually alters their appearance until they become a hideous alien, with a giant eye in their forehead. {EIR}


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