Title: Domu - A Child's Dream Genres: Supernatural/Horror Author: Otomo Katsuhiro Artist: Otomo Katsuhiro Publication: Futabasha Start Date: 1980 End Date: 1981 Number of chapters at review: One Number of chapters read by reviewer: Graphic Novel (Dark Horse)
General Overview: [Blurb] A twisted old man, gifted with extrasensory powers, holds silent sway over an entire block of apartments, its occupants 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 arrives to challenge him.
Category Ratings: (1-10 scale)
Art: 7 The artworks is quiet realistic; it doesn't contain the clean lines and 'pretty' people of some current manga but is 'scratchy' with detailed and proportional backgrounds.
Plot: 7 A little girl instigating revenge on the one causing so much pain and death. (Normally a six but bearing in mind the time of release.)
Characters: 8 The characters are developed, diverse and realistic.
Themes: 7 Helping those in need, standing up against those that inflict suffering and consequences for your actions. Being held accountable for what you have done (good/bad/circumstantial) is the main theme through out the story.
Originality: 9 For the time this manga really stood out - not as much as Akira which followed it. Bearing this in mind it is quite original and edgy.