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Nijigahara Holograph  
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From Fantagraphics:
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.


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Associated Names
Das Feld des Regenbogens
Голограф на Радужном поле

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Latest Release(s)

Status in Country of Origin
1 Volume (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

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User Reviews

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User Rating
Average: 8 / 10.0 (610 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.93 / 10.0
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Last Updated
June 12th 2017, 1:54am PST



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Quick Japan (Ohta Shuppan)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Fantagraphics (Complete)

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3 Month Pos #1791 increased(+222)
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Year Pos #2703 increased(+267)

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For those of you who have read this series,   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by alimusakuredu
October 18th, 2017, 7:26am
and doesn't know what the f is going on, read this. ological-summery-*spoilers*

A bit of a clusterfk, but overall a very good and compelling story.

Try reading it again after reading the spoiler to discover a whole new perspective.
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wtf did i just read?   
Rating: N/A
by melquiades
October 17th, 2015, 4:50pm
This is seriously the first series i read that left me with that impression.. wtf did i just read?.
This is not for the faint of heart, there is darkness all around, and you need to get to the end to grasp its brilliance.
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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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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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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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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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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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