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A notebook that leads to murder - a refrigerator filled with hands... a pit of dead dogs... an accidental suicide... a boy buried alive - and where two teenagers linked by an obsession with murder and torture explore the recesses of humanity's dark side.
Paperback, 232 pages
Published September 9th 2008 by TokyoPop (first published January 1st 2003)
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Newon
Book Review- Goth:
By Newon Dennis

This is a warning: those who are extremely interesting in the cruel and mystifying world of horror and gore must read ahead, for they will find a review for a book so amazingly horrifying you will want to reread it over and over again. “Goth,” is actually a book of short stories following the lives of its narrator known as Boku or “I” in the masculine terms of Japanese, and his strange acquaintance Yoru Morino. Both in high school and both are literally and grue...more
Nick
This is one of the creepiest crime/horror novels of all time. The author was surprised at the way it was received in Japan, where it has won at least one major literary award as a mystery.
The central character is a teen whose only clear career path is to grow up to be a serial killer. I know of no other way to describe him.
One of the key elements in the stories [it's a novel made up of six interwoven stories] is confusion of identity, but even so it came as a shock when I realized that the reade...more
29alabs
Goth es una novela traducida al Manga por Kendi Oiwa, el arte también corre a cargo de él. Nos habla acerca de Yoru Morino una estudiante y su compañero, sin nombre y su extraño interés por los asesinatos más horribles ocurridos cerca de donde ellos viven.

Goth es bastante, bastante común en cuanto a historia se refiere, el mismo autor dice al final del libro que es la repetitiva historia de el héroe salva a la princesa pero con asesinos seriales, la cual no la hace mala per se, pero estamos hab...more
Andrea
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Despair Speaking
Otsuichi shows the real deal with this story. I never really understood what Goth meant. How can I especially with the way people easily brand others nowadays? The stereotype Goth was those who wear dark-colored clothes, are fond of the occult, and have a dark perspective in life. But the Goths in this manga were different.

Open your mind to the darkness found in others... the darkness that can lurking nearby you...
Astri
This is one of the most visually disturbing books I've read. Anyone who is interested in the macabre, horror and noir is likely to enjoy this.

I think I'll go back and read the novel it was based upon and see how the manga compares.
Dakki
I got this (graphic novel version) by mistake; the text version was recommended, and somehow I ended up ordering this from Amazon.

If I had to summarize the story, it would be "He's a budding serial killer. She's obsessed with death. They fight crime!"

Jokes aside, the story is a couple of steps above the slasher fare I was expecting. I'd call it psychological horror but it's also quite graphic.

The art is pretty enough that I'd like to blow up some of the pages and hang them on the wall. Unfortuna...more
Beach
So I tend to read a lot of books that I find at random at Barnes and Noble, or Borders by just scanning the new paperbacks and the books they put out on tables. I have had a lot of success with finding great books this way that I never would have found other wise.

Goth is one of them. I don't really know what caught my attention to this book, I guess I figured it would be darker because of it's title. (and yes sometimes we all judge books by their covers) So I read it, and of course I loved it....more
Sharakael
When I first read a scanlation of this manga, it left a lasting impression in my memory. So much that, when it had been released in English, I rushed to the bookshop to buy it.

For me, it was an interesting twist on the usual mystery genre where this time the main character wasn't what you'd call a good guy. A sociopath would be more apt. His apathy, coupled with the gruesome nature of the crime, set a chilling tone for the whole book. And that was what I found to be highly fascinating; the thin...more
Trudi
This one was a bit weird for me, but I found it compulsive reading anyway. The content is a little brutal at times, falls on this side of disturbing, and plays mind games to boot. The six interconnected stories are essentially mysteries; there is a puzzle to solve for each one and the explanations can be fun. But that's not quite my thing.

What did intrigue me were the two main characters, and the parade of killers they cross paths with. Upon reading the author's afterword, I'm convinced now tha...more
Nura
1st story: Wristcut, the story begin with ordinary murderer who took his victim's hand, even a puppet hand. Question for this chapter: where the boy took the hands to? and I still don't get about the garbage route.

2nd story: Goth, this one is getting gruesome, especially the way the body posed. But I think the mangaka draw it too clean, if you look the eyes closely, or there any reason behind it? I'm getting annoyed with the boy who think to highly of himself. Did he think she’d be that stupid...more
Autumn
Goth is a collection of crime-fiction short stories that originated in Japan by Otsuichi. It includes a notebook that leads to murder, a live burial, a twin pretending ti commit suicide by hanging herself but turns out real, and a refrigerator full of hands. And in all of these stories, two classmates with an obsession with murder make an unlikely friendship with each other.

I found Goth amazing and creepy at the same time. I was amazed at all the details the narrator was able to give in each sto...more
Robb Bridson
Before this, the only manga I've read was Uzumaki... so maybe I just have too high of standards after that.

I felt like Goth was very weak. In story. In pacing. Even the art seemed a little lacking. There were a couple scenes of truly disturbing nastiness, but these seemed more exploitative than moving. The story lines are stupid without being absurd enough to make them worthwhile. Basically we follow the adventures of two young sociopaths who happen to attend high school in a town full of serial...more
Elfdart
i really enjoyed this manga, it’s one of my favourites. it has something of a morbid story line, focused around various cases of murder… but i wouldn’t say it’s primarily a murder mystery. there is definitely that aspect to the story, but because the main characters react as they do to these murders.. well lets say that the death helps to set the mood of the story more than drive plot (at the beginning of the story anyways). both main characters have some connection to an obsession to death and...more
Knit Spirit
Jusqu'à présent, je n'avais jamais lu de réel manga d'horreur et bien c'est maintenant chose faite avec Goth. Ce manga en one shot est l'adaptation du roman d'Otsuichi. L'histoire vous plonge dans la tête d'un psychopathe et c'est vraiment pas beau à voir !
Le livre se lit très vite et heureusement car je me suis sentie mal tout du long. Les dessins sont bien faits, bien dégoûtants parfois. Beurk, beurk, beurk !
En bref : à lire si vous êtes curieux mais attention tout de même.
Ririn Miu
Goth bukan cerita tentang anak2 goth yang berdandan ala vampir dan punk XD tp bocah2 remaja yang terobsesi dengan kematian dan pembunuhan. Buku ini bercerita tentang Kamiyama Itsuki, remaja sociopath calon serial killer (ikr?) yang terobsesi dengan seorang siswi di kelasnya, Morino Yoru. Awalnya dia terobsesi untuk membunuh Yoru atau at least melihat Yoru mati. Di awal chapter 2 mereka malah berteman dan ternyata dua2nya menemukan kesamaan yaitu obsesi 'dark' ala manga mereka, mencari tahu soal...more
Helena
Just a little 1 volume manga, a set of a few short stories/mysteries. Our little Sherlock Holmes this time is an atypical pair of high school students, a mentally disturbed boy who is obsessed with murder and sharp knives, and the object of his twisted affections, a beautiful wrist cutter with perfect long black hair and a haunted past. These two go through and kinda obsessively follow local murder stories, and always end up getting too involved. I wouldn't say this is a good manga, but it's int...more
Harper Kingsley
OMG, this was such a great book. A serial killer in training meets his perfect target, yet she has a dark past of her own. So before he even gets a chance at her... she shows off that she isn't such a fool. Though even though she's pretty goth and dark herself, she doesn't quite realize what kind of person she's befriended.

And so through circumstances they become companions--he's the cute boy she kind of likes, and she's the beautiful girl he wants to kill someday. But for right now they're givi...more
Kristy
Very, very creepy! I read the manga version of Otsuichi’s story Goth. This morbid story is about two students (a boy and girl) who find a serial killer’s notebook. Both are fascinated by death and explore the killer’s thoughts. The boy is already a serial killer in training. He pretends to be like everyone else, however, he harbors dark, disturbing thoughts. He meets his match when the female character comes along. I really liked the concept and the illustrations are amazing. Some areas of the s...more
Erika
I read this when I was in high school because my friend recommended it.
She LOVED this book.

But for me, is was too upsetting and depressing.

Who would want to read a book about a girl who kills her twin sister or a guy who collects other person's hands?
Who would read about a dreadful scream of those who're drowning in their coffin, under ground, and the guy who enjoy's listening to it?


Please, don't think all the Japanese books are like this.
And don't read this book if you don't want to feel, like,...more
Adelaide
Goth is quite interesting. (view spoiler)

It is clearly more character-driven than plot-driven. I found the shortness of the series and the ending quite appropriate...more
Hi
Apr 19, 2012 Hi rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: horror, manga
Warning: This review may contain spoilers.

I think I've overindulged in my reading of horror manga today. This manga wasn't that scary, but it's definitely very vivid. If you don't like seeing gory images, then you better steer clear of this one. This manga depressed me, even if I do like tragedy stories.

The stories in this manga were unique, yes. I don't think I've come across things like these in my share of psychological thriller type of media. Okay, I'm done with all this depressing creepy st...more
Lucas Hakes
I wonder what urged me to go out of my way and purchase this book. If you are unfazed by Junji Ito and the like, the visceral artwork and plain-faced grotesqueness of the content matter in Goth is right up your alley. Enjoy it with a glass of bourbon and a vomit pail. While not as psychologically stirring as Ito's work, this manga holds its own in the world of horror mystery manga. The plot gets convoluded nearing the end, however. This is more of a guilty pleasure than an actual investing read.
Luis
Realmente brillante, aunque también un poco gore.

GOTH es una serie de historias donde un chico y una chica muy inteligentes (y con una inquietante afición por el gore) se ven envueltos en espeluznantes casos detectivescos.

Es algo desagradable, pero destaca mucho por lo sórdido de sus protagonistas y por un caso final realmente bueno. Pero quizás te pase como a mí, que pese a que me parece una obra maestra, quizás haya visto demasiadas vísceras y haya acabado empachado.
Nyie Rombeng
sekilas ceritanya tidak jauh beda dengan MPD psycho series.sama2 membawa tema misteri&drama pembunuhan.perbedaan signifikan adalah segi pandang tokoh utamanya dalam memecahkan kasus.
MPD psycho melihat identitas pelaku dari bukti jasad korban sedangkan goth lebih fokus pada obsesi pelaku.
gambar grafis didalam goth cukup eksplisit&gory,direkomendasikan untuk readers 21+ penggemar cerita misteri&thriller nan berbobot:)
dark theme inside storyline of goth is OK!:)
Romane Dela Gracia
I love the plot, even though it was a little morbid and disturbing. The illustrations were so vivid. The story was haunting and the two lead characters; Kamiyama and Morino are very badass and gorgeous.

One of the mangas I really liked.
Natasha
This story is, for lack of a better term, weird. It's kind of graphic, and the shock value is okay, I guess, but the storytelling isn't particularly captivating or interesting. It has a gread premise, with two main characters that are interesting if nothing else, but it seems like so much more could be done with it. It's supposed to be... scary? Creepy? It just falls a little flat despite the fact that it could be so much more.
Deirdre
SO CREEPY. I don't usually read horror (in graphic novel or novel form), but Kendi Oiwa's art style intrigued me. I *did* really like the style, particularly the way Yoru Morino is illustrated. Some of the more gruesome panels turned my stomach, though. Not for the faint of heart, to put it mildly.
Daniel
Aug 05, 2009 Daniel rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No one
This book was horrible, which is something I rarely say. This book had horrible pacing problems and little to no character development. My biggest problem was character design, it was hard to tell characters apart and the layout of panels were off, I can't point out how they were off but they we hard to read at times. Overall I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone.
Hunter
i think this book is one of a girls misery rather than her insanity and grotesque picture of life. shees looking for a way out so she becomes her sister then she realizes what she has done.

she realizes every thing she has had or done sshe took it for grantid. in the end its not her wishing she could have her sister back its wishing she was the victim...
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Otsuichi (乙一, Otsuichi?), is the pen-name of Hirotaka Adachi (安達 寛高, Adachi Hirotaka?), born 1978. He is a Japanese writer, mostly of horror short stories. He made his debut with Summer, Fireworks, and My Corpse while still in high school. Major works include the novel Goth, which was made into a manga, and the short story collection Zoo, which was made into a movie. Tokyopop has released his shor...more
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