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Book Title: ドゴッド（１） (ガKCペャ (519))|
Date of issue: February 6th 1995
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The author of the book: Minetaro Mochizuki
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 31.37 MB
Read full description of the books ドゴッド（１） (ガKCペャ (519)):I wasn't going to write a review, but I promised myself to so that more people would know about this series, which I feel is kind of overlooked. So, here's my review for the whole series.
Dragon Head isn't your typical manga. Don't go into it expecting it to look like traditional anime, either, because it doesn't. It's a much more realistic artstyle, even to the degree of drawing characters unflatteringly in rough situations. People get grungy in the apocalypse, they're not going to look beautiful and flawless.
Apocalypse, and HOW. Dragon Head is pretty bizarre when summarized into words - three unstable people get buried in a train tunnel during an extreme natural (or is it?) disaster that destroys most of Japan, and things just get stranger when they finally break out - homicidal gangs and fear-maddened survivors are a constant threat, that is, when fallout and volcanic ash aren't.
What I love most about it is that is has my favourite parts of an apocalyptic story - thrills, kills, unusual disasters, psychological drama, tribal-painted madmen, creepy conspiracies, all of it - without the irritating tropes that tend to cling to this genre. No tacked-on love triangles, no poorly-thought-out attempts to repopulate a dying and ruined island that can't support life anymore, etcetera.
Even though technically, this series is horror, it's "scary" in a minimalist way. Truthfully, it's more of a very strange psychological drama with some tinges of creepy (especially the second and last two books), about people who are under intense mental and physical pressure. There are some surprisingly deep insights into the nature of insanity and the need to survive.
The depressed, disturbed male lead, Teru, is the most unlucky male lead in all of fiction, ever. The amount of times this guy gets injured is almost ridiculous. You feel very sorry for him, because I honestly think he didn't want to survive. He doesn't want to live, yet he doesn't want to die until he finds out what caused the country, and possibly the world, to collapse. I find some of Teru's internal thoughts interesting as he realizes that (view spoiler)[they aren't going to survive (hide spoiler)] - a crushingly honest depiction of someone who has given up hope.
The female lead, Ako, is pretty cool. Ako is plagued by this unusual condition where she passes out when things get stressful, which she has to fight through to survive. Later in the series, she gets to be an awesome action-heroine for a while. She makes some awful decisions in the name of staying a "good person" when everyone else has abandoned all morality, but there we go. I wish the author had given Ako a deeper personality, rather than just being the optimist do-gooder, but I think she makes a good lead character, ultimately.
The other survivor Nobuo, was already creepy, voyeuristic and mentally unhinged before the destruction. At the start of the series, he goes around ranting and drinking his own nosebleeds (yuck), before realizing he can use this new lack of rules as an excuse to become a knife-wielding, warpaint-wearing, murderous madman. Probably the series' most iconic character for his nightmare face and carrying 80% of the series' horror. I wish Nobuo had been in more of the series, being an intriguing anti-villain, who are always my favourite characters.
Anyway, try this series out if you like survival horror with a bit of drama, angst and surrealism. It's awesome.
Art - 4.5/5
Story - 5/5
Characterization - 4/5
Overall Score - 5/5
Content Note - Series as a whole contains a lot of visceral violence, swearing and some brief nudity, as well as some possibly triggering content regarding suicide.
Read information about the authorMinetaro Mochizuki (望月峯太郎) is a manga artist. He is best known for his apocalyptic thriller series Dragon Head (ドラゴンヘッド Duragon Heddo), as well as the comedy series Mai Wai. Mochizuki has also written one-shot manga such as Zashiki Onna.
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