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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
N/A

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

User Reviews
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Forum
1 topics, 43 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.1 / 10.0 (459 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.02 / 10.0
10
 22% (103 votes)
9+
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8+
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7+
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6+
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5+
 3% (13 votes)
4+
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3+
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1+
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Last Updated
September 1st 2014, 5:39am 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 #821 increased(+121)
Monthly Pos #1364 increased(+14)
3 Month Pos #1626 decreased(-36)
6 Month Pos #1669 increased(+7)

List Stats
On 258 reading lists
On 698 wish lists
On 1163 completed lists
On 19 unfinished lists
On 242 custom lists

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Forum Posts
working out plot questions (spoilers!) 1339 days, 20 hours, 28 minutes ago

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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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Brilliant, Flawless, Exceptional.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Crenshinibon
February 21st, 2009, 8:47pm
Out of the 500+ odd titles I have read, this is the only one that has actually deserved a natural 10.

Nijigahara Holograph is a brilliantly told, but thoroughly unconventional story. The plot is sliced up the way it is in an effort to give a stronger connection to the character's mindset, which makes it more convoluted, but that's an intended effect. The characters themselves are having difficulty comprehending their lives, and the storytelling is designed to reflect that. It comes full circle flawlessly and actually resolves all the conflicts if you're willing to stop and think for a bit. What makes Nijigahara a mature story isn't the graphic nature of the content, but the resolution and meaning derived from it.

That said, it probably isn't a story for everyone. While I find it technically unparalleled and visually stunning, a person just looking to relax would probably find this irritating (though visually interesting.) Additionally, a lot of the symbolism is very distinctly Japanese in nature, and foreigners without a knowledge of it are going to have an even more difficult time comprehending the storyline, which I think has been causing a few problems here. If you don't like stories that make you sit down and sort your way through, you will not like this and frankly you shouldn't even be bothering to pick up this work in the first place.

I hate to mention this here, but CuthienSilmeriel's post bothers me a bit. You basically just said "short stories are bad because they are short and I can't connect to them." It's fine if you prefer something longer, but please don't attempt to make an objective judgment with that kind of criteria.
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Storyweaving   
Rating: N/A
by LNsu
April 22nd, 2009, 2:45am
That's the thing about this manga. It isn't a reasonable plot with any real distinction. It is as it is, a story that fabricates a world with intricate characters through connection that are not to be compared with the real world. So in that sense, this is an excellent story of time, emotion, and id.

But otherwise, it's not something you gain from. You aren't given anything from the story itself (like the conclusion of a romance, the solving of a mystery, or anything material or spiritual.) If you do get something out of this story, then it works out for you.

Truly needs to be read with a clear and concise state of mind. I'll need to reread this sometime later.
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A stellar piece of work.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by barbapapa
February 21st, 2007, 9:11am
One of the best things I have read in my life. I just finished reading it for the second time and I'm completely in awe, chills still running down my spine reminiscing.
The first read is more like an introduction to get a feel for the story and meet the characters, but it's only after that you get to read what it's really about. So incredibly satisfying to piece it all together, and even after reading it twice I feel obligated to go over it again cause there's so much you can get out of it.

300 pages... NO, scratch that. You have to read it at least 3 times. Making this book 900 pages of pure fulfillment.
A true masterpiece that transcends manga as a medium, and I feel bad for everyone that won't pick up on this.

... Last updated on February 21st, 2007, 9:12am
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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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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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Read!   
Rating: N/A
by TimeManInJail
January 14th, 2009, 7:43pm
its quite a thing to grip and it fool me several time... (asshole ><wink
but once you get mid way and the end it explain a lot but some loose end that drive me to read it again.. but no i will leave it is as my first impression!
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Laclongquan   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by bukuwawa
March 5th, 2007, 12:25pm
It's not a happy story, yeah, but it's also one of the most complex and compelling things I've ever read. I'm sorry you didn't like it.

Full disclosure, I was one of the people who worked on the scanlation, so I'm clearly biased.

EDIT: People should check out monkey-boy's awesome plot thread on the nijigahara board here at mangaupdates. Only read it after you've worked out as much about the manga as you can!

... Last updated on March 12th, 2007, 12:16pm
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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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gasp   
Rating: N/A
by wimplosion
March 4th, 2007, 6:41pm
how to top that comment... I won't for now, cause I read it only once. To think that I'm actually a little afraid of reading it again... I feel its potential. So damned beautiful...

... Last updated on March 5th, 2007, 6:54am
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