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Domu  
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Description
Taken from Dark Horse:
A twisted old man, gifted with extrasensory powers, silently holds sway over an entire block of apartments. The occupants are puppets for him to control. Life is his to give...and to take. But suddenly there is a new voice in his head, and before he knows it, a young girl with her own battery of psychic abilities has arrived to challenge him! Soon, the sprawling complex becomes a battleground between two minds possessing incredible, unimaginable power.

Winner of Japan's Science Fiction Grand Prix award, the first graphic novel ever awarded such an honor, Domu comes from the boundless imagination of Katsuhiro Otomo, renowned creator of the internationally acclaimed graphic-fiction epic, Akira. A work of rare strength, Domu is both visually stunning and emotionally gripping, a terrifying tale of the paranormal set amongst the human isolation of modern urban life.

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Manga

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Associated Names
童夢
A Child's Dream
Dōmu
Doumu

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Status in Country of Origin
1 Volume (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

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User Rating
Average: 7.8 / 10.0 (142 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.64 / 10.0
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Last Updated
January 13th 2013, 8:23am PST


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Year
1980

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Serialized In (magazine)
Manga Action (Futabasha)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Dark Horse Comics (1 Volume - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #1225 increased(+52)
Monthly Pos #2453 increased(+233)
3 Month Pos #3675 increased(+1136)
6 Month Pos #5376 increased(+1096)

List Stats
On 44 reading lists
On 212 wish lists
On 341 completed lists
On 6 unfinished lists
On 70 custom lists

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Darkly compelling   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by calstine
May 27th, 2010, 4:09am
This is the original psychic battle manga, and does its job nicely as a short psychological thriller. I wouldn't call it a masterpiece, but it kept me on the edge of my seat most of the time. The ending, with that chilling mention of 'beware of the children', was just perfect!

The art, though considered 'ugly' by modern standards, fits the mood of the story perfectly; being extremely rough and gritty, it portrays the darkness of the atmosphere around the apartment complex even in the middle of the day, the alternating intensity and blankness of human emotions, in a truly breathtaking fashion.

If you're opposed to a high body count and creepy characters, then stay away. If you're fan of dark psychological stories with a good mix of supernatural phenomena, read it!

And, by the way- Reset is a modern-day, high-tech version of Domu.

... Last updated on May 28th, 2010, 3:56am
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Brilliant   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by westsiders2
June 4th, 2009, 3:03am
Recommend to anyone planning on reading akira later. it kept me on the edge of my seat throughout. the art is great and it is structure beautifully. so never gets boring.

... Last updated on February 28th, 2010, 12:45pm
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awesome art   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by takitogr
July 6th, 2008, 1:07pm
i liked the story...it was nice...not something mindbending but a nice story nevertheless...i can't wait to start reading akira! the winning point of this manga for me, was it's art...the art was absolutely magnificent,of epic proprtions. It made the story feel larger than life...the illustrations of the sprawling complex were awestrucking...the destruction and the debris oh my god...the art was simply flawless and startling...i can't believe this was created in 1980...it must have set whole new standards for manga artists...it can't be compared to any of the manga published at the time...it was far above and ahead of anything published until then (always talking about the art!) truly glorious
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Solid Oneshot   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by tokkun
April 15th, 2007, 10:13pm
Though the short length of the story prevents Otomo from developing the sort of epic story present in Akira, Domu still manages to create compelling characters and a fair adrenaline rush.
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