Alternative Name: 座敷女 Author: Mochizuki Minetaro Artist: Mochizuki Minetaro Genres: Drama, Horror, Seinen
One night, mild-mannered college student, Hiroshi Mori, bumps into a woman visiting his next-door neighbor. A large, creepy woman, she has long hair, wears a coat and carries shopping bags in both hands. He had never seen her before. But then, without warning, the woman starts stalking Hiroshi, shifting her attention from his next-door neighbor whom she had been visiting to Hiroshi himself. Who is she and what is she after?
Originally published in 1993 – before the term “stalker” was acknowledged in Japanese society, this well-written horror manga is about a young man pursued by a mystery woman. Serialized for just ten weeks, this short, single-volume manga unusually become a hit bestseller, selling a staggering 400,000 copies. Regularly chosen as “the scariest manga ever” in magazine horror specials. (via Manga-Sketchbook)
Close your eyes. Pretend you’re lying on your bed.
Slowly, your eyes began to drift. You’re entering the world of dreams. You’re about to open the door.
The noise interrupted your sleep. What do you do?
You get up…? Sure, you do. You slowly approach the door. You open it a little, tiny bit.
Then, you peek at the person making all the noise.
She stared at you… in a really creepy way. Close the door or talk to her? You decide?
Oh.. do you want to know how she looks like?
So will you?
. . .
God, hell NO! After reading that manga, I’m seriously considering not moving to condominiums or apartments. Wanna know what I’d learned from this manga?
- Well, you should never open your door for anybody who’s carrying a paper bag and an umbrella.
- You should mind your own business and just sleep even with all the loud banging. Well, just make sure it’s not a robbery, murder or fire. COz if it is, you might wanna check it out.
- Don’t give your key to anybody! Bloody, stupid idiot!
- Wear something else under your skirt. Not just underwear. Trust me. The thicker, the better. : )
- If you didn’t do all of this, here’s the last resort. Get a pen. Open the cap. Get a paper. No, don’t write. You point the pen to your eyes. Stab it.
What’s the point of the paper? Well, you don’t want your pants or skirt to get blood on them, do you?
Okay. I should stop with all of that and get on with my review.
I dont have much to say about the characters, story and art, so I’ll just do a one paragraph.
The story is original for me. I’ve never heard any story like that until now. ALso, it’s very creepy and it makes me feel happy that I’m living in a very peaceful country. The characters aren’t really developed. It’s a horror! So, it’s fine. But also it’s confusing. As for the art… well it’s hideous. Seriously. But this actually made it better. Coz it really fit the story.
So, scores: Story- 9/10 Characters- 7/10 Art- 6/10. The average score is not that great but I assure you YOU DEFINITELY HAVE TO READ IT. IT’S WORTH YOUR TIME.
Not much to say… aye? Just, don’t open your door.