Tuesday, March 25, 2008


A massive two-volume English translation of Kazuo Umezu's Cat Eyed Boy (Nekome Kozo) is coming in June from Viz! From their Press Release: "...for those who relish the spine chilling, we are extremely pleased to announce the North American debut of CAT EYED BOY from Kazuo Umezu, who is considered the master of the horror manga genre that has recently captivated legions of domestic readers. Cat Eyed Boy is a half-human, half-monster child whose mostly human appearance bans him from the demon world. He lives hidden in the shadows of the human world, hated by humans and demons alike. Wherever he goes, awful events occur as the humans and demons interact. In 11 stories of revenge and retribution full of disturbing images, Cat Eyed Boy acts as a trickster, saving the innocent and helping the wicked receive the punishment that fate metes out. The first volume contains four stories and the first part of a fifth and longer story. Cat Eyed Boy offers up a concoction of dark vignettes dripping with the macabre and the absurd. In other words, it's like a darker version of Shigeru Mizuki's manga universe, where the half-human, half-yokai Kitaro has freinds in both worlds, including some cute monsters. Poor Cat Eyed Boy is alone in a much more frightening place.(interesting review/cultural comparison by Christopher Butcher)