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A highly recomended drama
The other reviews (the positive ones i mean) have already said it all. Thank you TanpopoHana for the timeline. Junko Furuta´s story is a cautionary tail that need to be told over and over again and the art is good and fits the subject matter. The only criticism i have is the ending. I wont call it upbeat but it still it is misguided in my eyes. If you ride the road of nihilism you have to crash into a wall at the end of the ride not hop over it. If you want to read a manga about the failure of humanity read this. This certainly puts all the vast mountains of manga and hentai that treat rape as fanservice and smutty trash like Bitter Virgin in perspective. One last thing. Did you know that a hentai doujinshi and a real japanse porno about Junko Furuta exists. Maybe even more ? Apparently we learned nothing.
... Last updated on May 3rd, 2014, 4:08pm
I basically skimmed this entire manga because it really pisses me off because most of the characters here are a fucking trash, even lower than cockroach, basically a waste of oxygen.
I also read many comments below, and here is my take on this issues:
1. I understand completely the underlying message behind this manga was to touch our empathy as a human being by telling a real life story like this, but I personally as a reader did not enjoy this kind of manga. There's no relatable protagonist. All of them are fucking scumbags, and I have to read the process of torture happened minute by minutes as I read through every pages, and watching the poor girl suffered because of it. Justice wasn't being served as well in the end. The manga real to the point of "too real" that reading this manga is equal reading a breaking news in your newspaper about torture and rape. It wasn't fun at all, and yeah it made me want to brutally murder these people.
That leads me to the second point: 2. I am reffering to SwallowedGod and TanpopoHana who also commented below
I'm not as much as trying to gain sympathy to other people like TanpopoHana , yes, girl was raped , tortured, and killed, but there's no need to constantly remind people all over again, nobody wants to hear that shit. Sympathy is a useless emotion unless you actually being able to do something and not being armchair warrior and constantly telling other people how they supposed to have sympathy to those victims. It's plain annoying and full of hypocrisy, because you didn't actually do anything to solve the problem , and rather just sympathy gaining.
SwallowedGod , on the other hand, view humanity as a trash, predator who prey others that are weaker than them. I couldn't agree more. But it doesn't mean that we, as a human, can't suppress our own desire to kill, if we just let humanity act as they should be doing, we couldn't survive anymore in this planet, because we would be constantly murdering each others until we satisfy our own inner desire, which is impossible to be satisfied to begin with.
There's a reason why Colosseum, back in roman era, where we watched a guy killing other guy , couldn't be tolerated anymore in this modern civilization. We are going step forward leaving our "animal instinct" , from purely physical creature to spiritual creature.
That's why I always believe in a properly implemented "Golden rule" : One should not treat others in ways that one would not like to be treated .
... Last updated on March 13th, 2014, 8:43am
This manga is absolutely wonderful and the art is beautiful! Plot is good, characters are amazingly realistic (yes, there are people like that fat mofo in the world). The artist is so good with expressions they don't need words. I like the excitement this manga brings "will she survive", "will her sister find her" etc. I could praise this all night really! Even the delinquents had their own "justice, morale-code" and it's interesting to see how their way of thinking differ from one another.
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I'll give this 9/10 because this has a happy ending -.-
A better ending than this turned out in real life....
As for Swallowed God, You don't know what the hell you are talking about, stop spewing self pitying filth. You may love killing, you may think nothing of it. That doesn't mean others do. Humanity isn't a bunch of saints nor is it a bunch of depraved killers, you lost your reason at some point in Iraq, time to get it back.
I couldn't help but to feel shocked when i realized this to be a true story. As if it wasn't horrifying enough... With that in mind, and after reading the comments of the previous poster, i feel the need to speak up my mind. The previous poster thinks of humans as apex predators, vicious animals that stop at nothing until they are pleased with themselves, and that would be true if we lived in a sociopathic society. But i don't believe that all of us or even most of us for that matter are sociopaths. You say that people are abused everyday and kids are sold as sex slaves, and yes that is true, it is also true that children die of hunger everyday in Africa, some in even worse circumstances. And that is terrible to say the least. What matters after knowing this is how you choose to react to these events. Indifference? Never. But you cannot deny empathy and compassion and the desire to help. If people feel for the story of Junko Furuta, and i'm included in that group, then you cannot mock those feelings. This story makes me sick and enrages me, but one must never forget that it is important to raise awareness and to try to prevent something like this from ever happening again. 44 days of torture are true and something that should not be forgotten.
humans are apex predators
the saddest thing here is humans including everyone here commenting are huge hypocrites hypocrites that are hiding something........as for me I know who I am......humanity is a Apex Predator we prey on animals and weaker things on a near constant basis and based what I have seen In Iraq this story does not prove near as much she went through candy land compared to what the Chinese civilians or Iraq civilians went through during now or the Rape of Nanking like I said humans are apex predators WERE ALL MONSTERS WE ARE ALL FROM ANIMALS so why wouldn't we act like ones? In the end every human innocent or evil is a filthy hypocritical beast that likes to make themselves feel better by making fake comments like RIP forever (even though you don't know her nor have any relation) Apex Predators are just killers in the end and based upon everyone's logic here you might as well put your life on hold because as we speak there are children being sold as sex slaves men and women being tortured and raped abused day in and day out
... Last updated on March 28th, 2012, 6:35pm
The True Story
DAY 1: November 22, 1988: Kidnapped Kept captive in house, and posed as one of boy’s girlfriend Raped (over 400 times in total) Forced to call her parents and tell them she had run away Starved and malnutritioned Fed cockroaches to eat and urine to drink Forced to masturbate Forced to strip in front of others Burned with cigarette lighters Foreign ob<x>jects inserted into her vagina/anus
DAY 11: December 1, 1988: Severely beat up countless times Face held against concrete ground and jumped on Hands tied to ceiling and body used as a punching bag Nose filled with so much blood that she can only breath through her mouth Dumbbells dropped onto her stomach Vomited when tried to drink water (her stomach couldn’t accept it) Tried to escape and punished by cigarette burning on arms Flammable liquid poured on her feet and legs, then lit on fire Bottle inserted into her anus, causing injury
DAY 20: December10, 1989: Unable to walk properly due to severe leg burns Beat with bamboo sticks Fireworks inserted into anus and lit Hands smashed by weights and fingernails cracked Beaten with golf club Cigarettes inserted into vagina Beaten with iron rods repeatedly Winter; forced outside to sleep in balcony Skewers of grilled chicken inserted into her vagina and anus, causing bleeding
DAY 30: Hot wax dripped onto face Eyelids burned by cigarette lighter Stabbed with sewing needles in chest area Left nipple cut and destroyed with pliers Hot light bulb inserted into her vagina Heavy bleeding from vagina due to scissors insertion Unable to urinate properly Injuries were so severe that it took over an hour for her to crawl downstairs and use the bathroom Eardrums severely damaged Extreme reduced brain size
DAY 40: Begged her torturers to “kill her and get it over with”
January 1, 1989: Junko greets the New Years Day alone Body mutilated Unable to move from the ground
DAY 44: January 4, 1989: The four boys beat her mutilated body with an iron barbell, using a loss at the game of Mah-jongg as a pretext. She is profusely bleeding from her mouth and nose. They put a candle’s flame to her face and eyes.
Then, lighter fluid was poured onto her legs, arms, face and stomach, and then lit on fire. This final torture lasted for a time of two hours.
Junko Furuta died later that day, in pain and alone. Nothing could compare 44 days of suffering she had to go through.
When her mother heard the news and details of what had happened to her daughter, she fainted. She had to undergo a psychiatric outpatient treatment . Imagine her endless pain.
Her killers are now free men. Justice was never served, not even after 20 years. They deserve a punishment much greater than they had put upon Furuta, for putting an innocent girl through the most unbearable suffering.
This story from 1989 is true. Please spread her story around. Everyone should know about the existence of Junko Furuta’s unimaginable and incomprehensible suffering, and this is why this group has been made.
Invite your friends. Never let her story be forgotten. If this story changes the life of at least one person then it has been worth it.
Rest In Eternal Peace, Junko Furuta 1989-Eternity
Heart breakingly true.
This manga is based on the true story of Junko Furuta. A young girl who was abducted by a group of boys and put through the 44 days of hell. She was tortured in most disgustingly cruel ways. The story didn't even receive a lot of attention in the media until almost 20 years later.
On to the story. This is definitely not for the faint of heart. Like the manga Shamo and the 2007 movie/novel The Girl Next Door. This manga uses a true story to highlight the dark side of human nature and society. Like the other two I enjoyed it. It's sad and shocking, but it's not often that stories like to deal with stuff like this. Not a big fan of the art, but it's adequate.
... Last updated on November 18th, 2011, 10:08pm
its unbelievable how some ppl can lose thier humanity and transform into ultimate cruelty and evil.. i mean these bunch of boys were not humen they were beasts and monsters. this manga is not just a manga it reflects wat really happens in real life around us and it resemble true cases of rape and kidnapping. iv read till chapter 15 and im really disturbed my spirit is down and my mood is not good at all and the whole time i was curesing those beasts. if u cant handle such issues then DONT read this manga .
Movies can show violence against a person, but there is always a restriction of what they can show. Books can tell of rape and torture, but can not force people to understand. A manga like this, however, can show everything, all the torments, pain, and cruelty, while still keeping the horror realistic enough to make people never forget these events. I agree with Wanderer11 that this needs a lot more awareness, especially in some more developed countries where life is good enough there that you can forget or not understands some of the horrors people can do to each other.