- Paperback: 544 pages
- Publisher: VIZ Media LLC (June 10 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1421517922
- ISBN-13: 978-1421517926
- Product Dimensions: 19 x 4.1 x 12.7 cm
- Shipping Weight: 762 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #757,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Cat Eyed Boy, Vol. 1 Paperback – Jun 10 2008
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. An earlier work from the creator of The Drifting Classroom, this 1967 series is an anthology of horror short stories by the man known as the master of horror manga. The cat-eyed boy narrates some tales as be observes them; in some he's a direct participant. The third and most interesting tale, The Tsunami Summoners recounts the events surrounding the cat-eyed boy's birth. The first two puzzling chiller tales feature monster men as well as men who become monsters, but the stories lack any moral message, which might place the book as comeuppance theater. No one gets revenge or learns a lesson, and the monsters' inner lives are just as evil as their outward grotesque appearances. The cat-eyed boy casts no moral judgment on the people who pelt him with rocks even as he tries to save a town from tsunami-summoning monsters. Umezu excels at drawing cute but totally shocked school boys and the grotesque monsters that scare them, but his art is hypnotic in its juxtaposition of the two. Two giant volumes of the series are being released on the same date—a date that fans of classic Japanese horror should have circled in big letters. (Reviewed from a partial galley.) (June)
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About the Author
Kazuo Umezu, who started drawing professionally in the 1950s, is considered the most influential horror manga artist ever. His many horror and sci-fi/horror works include Nekome Kozo (The Cat-Eyed Kid, 1967-1968), Orochi, The Drifting Classroom (1972-1974), Ultraman (a manga adaptation of the TV series), Senrei (Baptism), My Name is Shingo, The Left Hand of God/Right Hand of the Devil, and Fourteen. His popular gag series Makoto-Chan (1976) and Again prove that Umezu is also an accomplished humor cartoonist. (He is also a musician.) Umezu's weird style, incredible ideas and sometimes terrifying imagery have made him a fixture of Japanese pop culture, and his work has been adapted into movies, anime and collectibles. His homepage is "http://www.umezz.com/"
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Told in a series of short stories, Cat Eyed Boy does what it can to be creepy, grotesque, and disturbing. It does a very good job of this. None of it scared me, but it left an impression. It's more of a strange book than a scary book, in the sense that the pictures are more likely to momentarily unsettle your stomach than keep you up at night. Most of the horror in this book is imagery horror, like monsters, and Kazuo Umezu comes up with quite a few unique images of them.
In the very first story, Cat Eyed Boy comes across a family chased down by a man who can't die. Like something out of nightmares, he keeps coming back, though there is gruesome evidence of his previous deaths. In the next story, a boy is born deformed and is hated by other people because of it. For a very short part of this story, we feel sympathy for this character because of how he's treated. That sympathy does not last long, though, because he has a sadistic soul and is soon torturing animals and plotting his revenge. He finds a way to transfer his brain to another person's body--the body of a beautiful man--but things turn sour before long.
Later, some of Cat Eyed Boy's history is explained. During sections of the book he is a witness to the story, taking little part. At other times, however, he gets involved with the latest plot line. Unlike the previously mentioned deformed boy, Cat Eyed Boy is a sympathetic character. People assume the worst of him because they think he looks weird and they don't take a chance to get to know him.
There's something about the artwork in Cat Eyed Boy that reminds me of the 1950s. But only some things, like how Umezu draws some of his human characters. A number of boys look similar, except for changes in hairstyle. However, his images of monsters and the likes are something entirely unto themselves.
Cat Eyed Boy is not for someone who is easily disturbed by pictures. They're only drawings, but their creepiness factor is rather high. However, it is an intriguing read that ought to interest fans of horror and macabre stories. Kazuo Umezu creates his own disturbing but fascinating world in Cat Eyed Boy, sucking readers into a dark universe where monsters and nightmares are everywhere.
-- Danica Davidson
Otherwise, buy & read if you enjoy the grotesque & weird!