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Nijigahara Holograph  
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Description
From Mangascreener:

Suzuki is a troubled boy. He's lived with uncaring foster parents for most of his life, alienated from the other kids at his school, owner of a cynical, unhappy mentality. Komatsuzaki is a violent, unpredictable bully whose head trauma causes him to act in mysterious, inexplicable ways. Arakawa is a no-nonsense, normal girl who pines after Komatsuzaki but can never have him. A teacher with just one working eye. A mother who committed suicide. A daughter in an endless coma. Attempted rapes, murders, extortion, sexual deviance, and a freakish explosion in the butterfly population. All of these elements are whirled together in a story spanning 10 years, a tale of blackness, pain, and apocalypse. And maybe just a bit of hope and redemption. It's a spiritual cross between the misanthropic suburban malevolence of Kyoko Okazaki's Rivers Edge and the eerie mysticality of Donnie Darko.
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From Fantagraphics:

A DECADE-SPANNING JOURNEY INTO DARKNESS

Even as butterflies ominously proliferate in town, the rumor of a mysterious creature lurking in the tunnel behind the school spreads among the children. When the body of Arié Kimura's mother is found by this tunnel's entrance, next to apparently human traces, the legend seems to be confirmed. Is the end of the world coming? In order to appease the wrath of the beast, the children decide to offer it a sacrifice: The unfortunate Arié, whom they believe to be the cause of the curse, is shoved into a well that leads to the Nijigahara tunnel — an act that in turns pushes Komatsuzaki, the budding thug who has carried a torch for Arié for a while already, entirely over the edge.

But this is only the beginning of the complex, challenging, obliquely told Nijigahara Holograph, which takes place in two separate timelines and involves the suicidal Suzuki; Higure, his stalkerish would-be girlfriend; and their teacher Miss Sakaki, whose heavily bandaged face remains a mystery; and many more — brothers, sisters, parents, co-workers, teachers, aggressors and victims who are all inextricably linked to one another and all will eventually — ten years later — have to live with what they've done or suffered through.

Type
Manga

Related Series
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Associated Names
虹ケ原ホログラフ
虹ヶ原/ホログラフ
Das Feld des Regenbogens (German)
Nijigahara Horogurafu
Nijigahara/Horogurafu
Rainbow Field Holograph

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Latest Release(s)

Status in Country of Origin
1 Volume (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
N/A

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Forum
1 topics, 43 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8 / 10.0 (438 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.92 / 10.0
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Last Updated
February 27th 2014, 11:59pm PST


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Year
2003

Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Quick Japan (Ohta Shuppan)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Fantagraphics (Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #976 decreased(-39)
Monthly Pos #1251 increased(+113)
3 Month Pos #1561 increased(+83)
6 Month Pos #1629 increased(+145)

List Stats
On 245 reading lists
On 676 wish lists
On 1111 completed lists
On 20 unfinished lists
On 224 custom lists

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not for me but has probably potential   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by evinrud3005
December 13th, 2013, 4:07am
Nope. Not for me. Too much misery, the story is blurry because it goes from present to past in a blink, and I'm not fan of this art... but I'm sure that the story has something to say, it's just that I'm too stupid to get it, and not interested enough to read it 5 times before getting a glimpse of what it is about...
For the courageous, clever and curious ones: good luck!
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great   
Rating: 9.7 / 10.0
by whitespade
October 30th, 2012, 3:05pm
well, the characters, the art, the plot etc is great, as to be expected. however the most profound aspect of this manga that make so in awe is the very skillful way of handling the time switch. i was never too confused that i get angry, because it is seamlessly done i got further and further into the story. the story unfold carefully and flow beautifully, this mangaka have planed it extensively. and i was never confused which of the character is which, because they have great character design and personality.

really, a great read. i dont know why people thought it is too depressing or weird or whatever, it is just a bit different from other manga but still cool.
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Despite the Reviews   
Rating: N/A
by Karlarei2003
April 23rd, 2012, 6:52pm
I wasn't even going to read this because of the severity of the negative reviews. However, I went ahead and I absolutely loved it. I had to read it several times to catch all of the relationships of the characters, but it was worth every minute!
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Beautiful   
Rating: N/A
by CiellavonNightmare
November 29th, 2011, 12:35pm
There are just times I get confused on the characters and so on but it`t truly beautiful. I`ve read a lot of books and mangas, watched a lot of movies that relate to apocalypse, dark fantasy and nihilism but this is so far one of the best. How they come together after 10 years and each unique character is just captivating. But most of all is that it shows the darker side of 10 year olds that you`d never expect. Aesome read though the art is dull and some characters look a like biggrin
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Eh...this is really bad...   
Rating: N/A
by zombiefetishlove
August 4th, 2011, 10:51am
I'm sure theres a lot of symbolism, but this story is boring. the art is odd sometimes, and something about the way the artist draws people bothers me. None of the characters are likable, so I can't focus on the story.

The ending was really bad. there's no closure at all, its confusing, and feels like there should be more chapters after it. Please don't read this. There's no emotion at all in it, i felt like i was reading something written by a robot. you don't even feel anything for the people getting beat up/killed/strangled...the only emotion im feeling right now is anger that i wasted my time reading this piece of crap.
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misery vomit   
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by Aikanaro
September 25th, 2010, 10:35pm
I'm sure it's deep and brilliant and stuff ... but it did nothing for me. I think I would have had a better experience staring at a brick wall for an hour.

First up: It's not enjoyable to read. It's not meant to be enjoyable to read - it exists purely as a happiness-sucking blob. It has no high points or exceptional low points - it's monotone. One great big low point.

Don't get me wrong - I love misery, but a story that's just misery is boring. There needs to be some contrast, or it just turns into a blur of I-don't-really-care-about-you-or-your-problems.

Which, I guess, yeah - I really don't care about the characters or their problems. They're unsympathetic, and I don't feel a shred of empathy for them.

I don't have a problem with nonlinear storytelling in general, but here it compounds the other problems. The characters are intrinsically unsympathetic, but by throwing continuity out the window it makes it hard to latch on to anything that might make me care about this story.

All of this basically makes for a really boring experience of reading. I don't need to be spoonfed stories, but if it's going to be difficult to read then I need some reason to want to keep reading. Nijigahara Holograph gives none - it's a vomit of misery in manga form. If it has any deep meaning (and I'm sure it was intended to), it's not one that I'm inclined to puzzle out. It simply wasn't interesting enough to bother.
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commentcommentcommentcomment   
Rating: 9.6 / 10.0
by brown pillow
June 15th, 2010, 3:06am
I was gonna make one hell of an effort to write a marvelous review for my hands-down favorite piece of fictional work, but that cur Crenshinibon beat me to it. Also, while I'm still down at the whole "shout-out" level, I'd like to notify OppKnox that his comment sheds new light on it for me, and that I now have an excuse to read it again. Ooo-- this whole ordeal makes me feel like a dirty, dirty commenter.
That said, it's probably a good time to justify my comment as an actual comment so the naughty mods don't delete it. If I'm going to be particularly honest with you, dear reader-friend, Nishigahara Holograph is an intricately subjective perspective (lol) into the lives of a few kid/young adults, all connected through-- you know what, I knew I'd be bad at this. Let's just leave this with an "it's super-duper so read it, bro" and call 'er a day.
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READ NOW!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by asrodeia
April 24th, 2010, 9:34pm
This was amazing. If you want to know how amazing it is, just look at the effort gone into deciphering the plot. You wouldn't do that if it wasn't worth it.

It is a sad story, but not a sad ending.... it is an ambiguous ending. Interpret it as you choose.
I recommend Hikari no Machi, aka City of Light, also by Asano Inio. I started reading city of light without knowing that, though.

... Last updated on April 25th, 2010, 3:52pm
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On Butterflies and Taoism   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by OppKnox
June 27th, 2009, 11:31am
Personally, I found it enlightening to read NH again after conducting a little independent research on Zhuangzi, the Taoist philosopher responsible for the butterfly quote Sakaki reads to her students in the manga. NH borrows many of its themes from Taoism, including its juxtaposition of universality and relative duality; its wariness of society and social dogma; and its non-linear depiction of time. Like Taoism, NH seems vaguely nihilistic, which may be why some readers dislike it. Though I am not a fan of Asano Inio’s society-breeds-suffering mantra, everything in NH is thematically relevant. No frame is wasted, and no excess is indulged. Such restraint is unusual in a medium that thrives on overkill, but I found Asano’s unflinching portrayal of disillusionment and hope to be quite poignant. Petty human concerns pale in comparison to the glowing butterflies, which may well be Asano’s inspired depiction of the Tao. His art renders nature both beautiful and frightening. It’s a selective reader indeed who can call his approach violence against women when females are among his aggressors and the victimization shown is neither discriminate nor glorified. The complaint that NH's length is inadequate given the manga’s scope and the characterization necessary to engage the reader is valid, though I disagree. The point, I think, is that the meaning of Asano's work is ineffable, and our interpretation is bound by our own subjectivity. If we wanted to be objective and Taoist to boot, we could argue that NH is neither good nor bad; it simply is.

... Last updated on July 4th, 2009, 5:41pm
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a puzzle   
Rating: N/A
by tumy102
May 24th, 2009, 5:27am
I started reading the first few chapter absentmindedly, but at some point the story really caught my attention that I had to flip back to the previous pages to actually get my mind on the manga, and it pays off.
It's not everyone's piece of cake. The story is told in a very unique way but once you grabbed it you will find the experience quite worthwhile.
Remind me of the movie "28 grams", however the flow of the manga is much calmer.
I don't quite get Suzuki's end, so I think I will come back to it later to see if something opening up. It's one of those manga that sometimes when you re-read it, something else that you didn't get previously pop up.
Great reality art, I especially love the background and the butterfly field scenery.
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