INIO ASANO was born in 1980 in the Ibaraki Prefecture. The Japanese national Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper described him as one of the voices of his generation. Matt Thorn is from in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. She is a cultural anthropologist, writer, and an associate professor in the manga department at Kyoto Seika University. Her translations include the New York Times Best-Seller Nijigahara Holograph by Inio Asano and Hayao Miyazaki's Nausica of the Valley of the Wind.
It's a brilliant piece of psychological horror that is both deeply
intimate yet expansive in scope, with a large cast of characters
that are sucked into the terror in different ways. The cyclical,
abstract story is challenging, but greatly rewards rereading, and
it's easy to get lost in Asano's intricate art, which does
outstanding work realizing the setting that is so important to the
This beautifully drawn but elliptically told story is almost relentless in its depiction of the evil that lurks behind everyday life, but it's impossible to put down. Fable and film-noir crime mix in a small town where the children believe a beast living in a tunnel is a sign of the end of the world, and adults cope with the aftereffects of a hideous crime. This is a book that rewards repeated readings...--Brigid Alverson