No Longer Human Manga (Hardcover)
About No Longer Human Manga (Hardcover)
No Longer Human manga features story and art by Junji Ito, adapted from a story by Osamu Dazai.
Nothing can surpass the terror of the human psyche.
Mine has been a life of much shame.
I can't even guess myself what it must be to live the life of a human being.
Plagued by a maddening anxiety, the terrible disconnect between his own concept of happiness and the joy of the rest of the world, Yozo Oba plays the clown in his dissolute life, holding up a mask for those around him as he spirals ever downward, locked arm-in-arm with death.
Osamu Dazai’s immortal - and supposedly autobiographical - work of Japanese literature, is perfectly adapted here into a manga by Junji Ito. The imagery wrenches open the text of the novel one line at a time to sublimate Yozo’s mental landscape into something even more delicate and grotesque. This is the ultimate in art by Ito, proof that nothing can surpass the terror of the human psyche.
Ratings & Reviews
A mature story from a literature classic from Japan
by Robert -
Junji Ito adapts the final novel by Osamu Dazai with the same title. Mr. Ito's art is excellent in this latest graphic novel and all the creepiness and detailed to the supernatural features are present in this book. I won't go into too much details about the story but this is for a mature audience. There are many of adult themes (there is sexuality but not just for titillation) and the hopelessness of the time era that men can have in post WWII Japan. This is not a action packed story or a horror filled story. I would say that this is more of a character study or as the inside cover says, " a supposed autobiography". I took off one star because the story didn't keep my attention at times. If you want to try something that is for a mature reader that has excellent artwork, then give this graphic novel a try.
Don't buy this for your kids. They really mean the Mature Content inside
by KAREN -
I am a big Junji Ito fan. I really love the art inside. If you check under the book cover there is a fabulous image there. The story is highly depressing and may not be up many people's alley. I took my time reading it as it's too upsetting in parts. It's different from his usual horror stories as it's a retelling of Osamu Dazai story by the same title.