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No Longer Human Manga (Hardcover)

4.5 star rating out of 5
7 Reviews
SKU: 9781974707096

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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.


  • Publisher: VIZ BOOKS
  • Media: Manga
  • Genre: Drama, Horror
  • Age Rating: 17+
  • Release Date: 12/17/2019
  • Page Count: 616
  • Dimensional Weight: 2
  • Written Language: English

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Ratings & Reviews

7 reviews

4 star rating out of 5

A mature story from a literature classic from Japan

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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.

5 star rating out of 5

Don't buy this for your kids. They really mean the Mature Content inside

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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.

2 star rating out of 5

As a big fan of Junji Ito...


This really didn't do it for me. The art is incredible but this was such a dreadful read, in my opinion. I know its based on the book by the same name but it really was hard to get through. Most of Junji Ito's stories are very dark but are fantastical and fun to read. Nothing about "No Longer Human" was enjoyable. I'm not one to shy away from REALLY DARK stories but this was just a different level. Maybe because it was basically just a series of the most intense and difficult things happening to the main character CONSTANTLY. He was very rarely happy and it was just one extremely bad thing after the next. Depressing to no end and honestly... boring. I appreciated Junji Ito trying to make some panels scary but overall it was just overwhelmingly dull. I would not recommend this book to anyone aside from hardcore fans who just want to see Ito's beautiful and somewhat creepy art.

5 star rating out of 5

Work of Art


This is easily my favorite manga I read. I feel like it’s important to understand that this is a true story about said persons life. If you keep that in mind this story will grip you. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a complex story that you can break down. HIGHLY RECOMMEND

5 star rating out of 5

Like Requiem for a Dream on PCP


I wasn't sure what to expect going into No Longer Human, since I'm so used to Junji Ito's supernatural horror and this is a much more grounded story. Happy to say, however, that it's no less horrifying for lacking the fantastical elements.
Ito's signature artstyle and Dazai's gut-wrenching story form a perfect marriage. By the end, I was as chilled by No Longer Human as any of Ito's other work, and while reading there were times I had trouble putting the book down. It's given me the itch to check out Dazai's original novel.
No Longer Human is a compelling, terrifying spiral of a read that should not be missed, especially if you're a fan of Junji Ito.

5 star rating out of 5

I was worried, but I'm really glad I bought it.

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While I like Ito, I read Frankenstein before I bought this. Something about that story really didn't interest me. Thankfully, that hardback comes with other stories from him, so that buy wasn't a total bust. But it got me thinking. I heard the story of No Longer Human was great, and I know I like Ito's art and stories... but what if he just doesn't re-create other people's work very well? This is coming from someone who has not read the original novel by Osamu Dazai, or the other manga by Usamaru Furuya: I'm glad I picked this up. It was a really great read. I couldn't put it down once I picked it up. That said, it's pretty dark and gritty. It doesn't let up. If you're not into mediums that can be depressing, you may not like it even if you're into the horror genre. While it touches on fantastical stuff, and mental illness, it approaches some very real, very sad experiences in life. It's not for everyone, definitely not immature audiences, but it is a fantastic read.

5 star rating out of 5

For the mature audience!! Nice adaptation!

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Beware this adaptation of Osamu Dasai's novel is not for all people, you'll see several topics in a shocking way. Do not let this mislead you, I did like the way Junji Ito took this classic from the Japanese literature and made it into the manga. As you can imagine it's explicit and creepy which is not something we are strangers too. The main topic is overall depressing but we need to keep in mind this is no happy story. Do give it a try!