Black Paradox GN

Originally published in 2009, Black Paradox may look like a “hybrid” or “experimental” song, depending on how well you know the repertoire of Junji Ito.It begins with a conceptual story that would match the author’s single shots and ends with a sequence of revealing “blows”, which are an example of balance between horror and comedy, which Ito always liked to walk.The black paradox is so structurally similar to the one -off shots of Ito that it would be almost forgiven thinking that the whole book would be another collection of stories before the next chapter is rolled up and this initially introduced plot simply … going.It provides a unique attraction for those who could get to Ito thanks to the above -mentioned Antologiam: a chance to see one of his wild stories about the fire, which is still going beyond her strange, esoteric starting point.

Not that the black paradox arch seemed extremely coherent. There is a full story that we observe from beginning to end, but it is told in growing layers, and each chapter often focuses on its own specific, disturbing discovery of visual exploration. Events are taking place and the status quo changes, but each subsequent entry persists on its own curve and culmination. It came to the fact that even the last chapters less resemble the peak of the general plot, and more like the highest escalations that the concept of the plot can reach before he finally decides to end a satisfactory implementation. In some respects, this may be a benefit: the plot points can be told in future chapters, because the previous chapter wraps another of the “points” of Ito, which leads to such cases as a black comedy with a material narrative describing a pile of newly excreted stones of souls put up for sale when We play in a shocking spectacle in which they spill around terrified characters.

This tendency to presentation brings another difference that Black Paradox compared to other, more known works of Ito: this is not really “terrifying” in a traditional sense.There are not many upheavals in turning pages, and even the idea of biting, restless anxiety is more related to the internal development of the character than tangibly transmitted to the reader.Instead, Black Paradox is based mainly on the general conceptual strangeness, allowing ito to free itself from body horror as the story expands.This is illustrated in several noticeably visible ways, such as the early scene of the character in which the camera turned into the stomach to determine the source of throwing the soul gems, which is reflected in a much great, more glaring way later in history.

Instead, causing anxiety in this book has the form of a more existential, conceptual fear. Thanks to the length of many chapters, Ito is able to examine the ideas behind strange thought experiments deeper, of which his most powerful works were born in their concepts. What would happen if instead of sea depths or space another unknown border that humanity could examine was in ourselves? This leads back to the fear of the interior, which can lead a group of people to meeting and trying to commit suicide. Meeting other people can be terrifying enough, but the ability to know yourself true? Terrifying. The idea of ‚Äč‚Äčevil in humanity, how it can spill as a broader result of learning and exploring the kingdom of the soul, also contributes to the more “real” feelings of fear in the heart of all illustrated quirks in the black paradox. This ends with a postulate that we as a nation would literally sacrifice our own souls in the name of industrial progress. It was a prophetic look in 2009, and today it turns out to be even more exhausting.

Presenting these conceptual escalation along with these revealing ideas in an energetic, one -volume package means that other elements of the book are cut. Much of all that resembles the make -up is short -lived, even if the threads of the main characters about reaching a point where they no longer want suicide, and the irony of the deadly elements that by that time catch up with them, are a nominally key story of the narrative. One of the heroes is seemingly killed before the revelation at the last minute reveals that his soul was still present in this story all the time, while Maruso, allegedly the main character, for some time becomes unpreditted, so another character introduced a little earlier maybe a little earlier Turn into antagonism and initiate the last few escalations of the main stories. This may seem uneven if you are here to read these bows, to get better insight into the ideas of Ito for humanity and personal interior here, when they mostly end with work as feature devices to transfer fragments of history around and wrap, praising some From what we should learn from this experience.

Even if it is presented in a lower tone than expected, ito art at least can always be trustworthy. His talent for a sequential story is gained by a breathing breath in the ongoing plot, even if he uses less those providing the suspense of pages. The very strangeness of some visual punch (views, such as the giant bioengineering belly suspended in the pool) still hit their bold shocks, and the sense of peculiarity extends to the basic representations of some characters (you loved the strict strangeness of the Piitana project). It lacks the memory of other, more infamous images of Ito, but it is no less effective due to the clear effort that has been put into this and the consistency offered by the book. If this is not enough, at the end there is a very short, full -colored bonus story, which contains some of the more outrageous madness based on images, strongly associated with Ito.

I don’t know if Black Paradox would be the best introduction to Junji Ito for the uninitiated.It’s a bit too perverted and uneven in relation to the work that define its attractiveness and heritage in the manga landscape.But in his horror stylizations there is a sense of coverage and willingness to experiment with telling stories, which makes him interesting.And for me, in any case, I am an absolute loser of this kind of heavy conceptual material with which he is struggling with.As a curiosity for those who already know the work of Ito, I would say that it is definitely worth watching.