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GoGo Monster

4.01  ·  Rating Details  ·  506 Ratings  ·  64 Reviews
A poetic tale of a young boy’s overactive imagination. R to L (Japanese Style). GoGo Monster is a nuanced tale of a young boy and his overly active imagination. Nine-year-old Yuki Tachibana lives in two worlds. In one world, he is a loner ridiculed by his classmated and reprimanded by his teachers for telling stories of supernatural beings that only he can see. In the othe ...more
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published December 8th 2009 by VIZ Media LLC (first published November 1st 2005)
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Eddie Watkins
Sep 29, 2014 Eddie Watkins rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga-comics
GoGo Monster has become a reference buoy in my life. When I am adrift (and I am often adrift, sometimes pleasantly sometimes harrowingly) and I need to catch some sight or sign of home, some home lived only ever within my skin, some look-back to a complex of early feelings - feelings of awkwardness and alienation, but also of extreme receptiveness and openness and thus of being in nerve to nerve contact with life, and experiences of friendship as being ever-expanding worlds unto themselves… – I ...more
Seth T.
Mar 29, 2012 Seth T. rated it really liked it
Gogo Monster by Taiyo Matsumoto

Like all of us, I am unfortunately bound by certain culturally endowed predispositions that prompt immediate, involuntary reactions to certain encounters. When I see a picture of someone with neurofibromatosis, my initial reaction, sadly enough, is not compassion but revulsion. Compassion may speedily follow, but that was a learned response and not natural to what my society has built into me. When I hear hip hop, my instinct is to brush it off as if it couldn't possibly concern me—causing me to
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Nate D
Mar 21, 2016 Nate D rated it really liked it
Matsumoto in transition, halfway between the action and explosive images of Black & White and the modest, perfect naturalism of Sunny. As such, it's totally fantastic,maybe the best of all Matsumotos. A slow creep of the otherworldly into the mundane, to the point of overwhelming, built on majestic image-cadences and associations. Intricate and beautiful.
Caroline
Jun 18, 2010 Caroline rated it it was amazing
I felt dizzy after reading this. You could categorize this into tons of genres: fantasy, psychological, slice of life, etc. what looks like a cute manga about monsters from the front, is actually horror story in itself, as the main character's illusions lead the story. This manga also deals with not fitting in. Nobody will even talk to Tachibana because he draws scary things on his desk, talks to imaginary monsters, and hangs out with the other weird kid, only known as IQ, who lives in the rabbi ...more
Matt
Mar 11, 2010 Matt rated it it was amazing
This is really a pretty amazing book, one that displays a sophisticated awareness of genre and which uses that to reach past that into some universal realm of growing older and exploring friendship.

Ostensibly the story of two, or maybe three grade school friends, at the center we find reclusive and artistic Yuki Tachibana who draws obsessively on his desk and who can see "others," an extra-dimensional species (?) who threaten this reality from their base on the fourth floor of Yuki's grade schoo
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First Second Books
Books in which children are special, different creatures from those strange adult people tend to be either excellent or terrible. Because there’s so much you can do with that premise – but there’s a danger of it getting to be cloying or precious.

Gogo Monster handles this balance superbly. The book stars a kid named Yuki who’s right on the balance of teenagerhood. For him, getting older means not seeing the world’s wonderful monsters anymore – and he’s desperately scared that no matter what he do
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Sonic
Nov 13, 2010 Sonic rated it it was amazing
Absolutely brilliant, moving, poetic, surreal story that not only pushes the boundaries of comics and manga, but also shows what is ONLY possible in this medium. The art which seems awkward at first is a language in itself, in a way.
And the more I read the more I became amazed by the art!

Strange as it sounds, I felt this story shares similar themes to those found in the film "Donnie Darko."

And this I think, is a good thing.
M.
Feb 02, 2010 M. rated it really liked it
Shelves: comix, 2010
This is pretty fantastic, considering I entered this not knowing anything about it. The story is occasionally muddled, but the art and visuals and mood make up for it. The art is refreshingly sketchy for a manga artist, and there's a scene near the end with the main character ostensibly "enters the void" that is absolutely stunning and beautiful.
Noran Miss Pumkin
Nov 18, 2015 Noran Miss Pumkin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga, 2011, fansty-urban
I got lost with the ending-great ride though. The graphics were great-like a person's sketchbook-random at times.
David Gallin-Parisi
Jul 05, 2012 David Gallin-Parisi rated it it was amazing
Beautifully designed, drawn, and told manga. The story is a Japanese urban, apartment-land, schoolyard tale of horror and kids only being able to see things. Imaginary friends, dares to see people in mirrors, and don't go up there sort of stuff. Except there are all those things on the top floor of the school. Matsumoto draws with a waverly, sketch-like line that is both rough and elegant. The lines capture perfectly the landscape of numerous building steps, frequent passing airplanes, and ghost ...more
Matt
Sep 04, 2010 Matt rated it really liked it
Today I took my kid for stroll by the lake near our house and a young male deer decided to hang out in the parking area just eating plants and watching us.

That might be the closest thing I have experienced to "GoGo Monster."

The edition I read was not one of the editions they have listed here. This version was really well-crafted. A work of art like a deer in a parking lot.

I am still not sure what exactly happened. Something magical. Perhaps a damaged side of the universe. Man trying to deal with
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Alex Hayden
Apr 09, 2014 Alex Hayden rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
Wow. I had only previously encountered Taiyo Matsumoto's work with the animated film version of Tekkon Kinkreet. The movie was enjoyable, but I felt like it was kind of disjointed and uneven and didn't think much of it. Having now read GoGo Monster, I think I just didn't get it, because GoGo Monster is a stroke of genius.

GoGo Monster is the story of Yuki Tachibana and the world he lives in, which is only slightly different than our own. It is inhabited by the spirits of the imagination, demons,
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Ala'a  Muhammad

التصنيف: خيال. الحالة: منتهية, 5 فصول.

أحداث غريبة تحدث في الطابق الرابع. يوكي يحذر بقية الأطفال بان المكان خطر عليهم بالأعلى لإن القادمون الجُدد ليسوا لطفاء كبقية مخلوقات العالم الآخر!


يوكي تاتشيبانا هو بالصف الأول يشعر بوجود مخلوقات من عالم آخر. لا يراهم بعينه، ولا يسمع أصواتهم بأذنيه ولكن يشعر بهم بعقله.


طالب بالصف الخامس وعبقري بما يخص المعادلات حسابية يدعى IQ أو ساساكي.
المضحك في الأمر هو أن الشخص الذي حاول إعادة يوكي لعالمنا هو ساساكي، من يرتدي صندوق على رأسه طوال الوقت ويرفض التأقلم مع من ح
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Jewel
Jun 05, 2016 Jewel rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
another Japanese comic that fiddles with the line between reality and the supernatural or perhaps spiritual in the case of Gogo Monster.

I wasn't sure what to think of this book when I finished it. honestly, I was hoping for the "other world" to explode into some kind of horror story but that was not the case. Gogo Monster leaves so many things up to interpretation and I think this aspect made me decide I liked the book. you have to do some thinking and pay attention to little clues here and ther
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John
Sep 27, 2015 John rated it really liked it
Taiyo Matsumoto is an amazing illustrator and writer but he seems to do the same story in all the works that I've read: two teenage male characters have a coming of age experience with some fantasy or magical realism elements. Typically, one of the characters is exceptional in some regard (an amazing fighter, a great Ping-Pong player, an excellent student) and seems to have some connection to an invisible world, sometimes in the form of a doppleganger. In GoGo Monster, as in Ping-Pong, the magic ...more
Sairoo
Apr 19, 2014 Sairoo rated it liked it
Shelves: comic
At first the artstyle made me interested to read the book, which is why I picked it up at the library.
but as I started to read it I felt that I couldnt really "get" the story. Also the art style started to become irritating.
you would think that maybe the artist has a bad art style or hasnt developed it but the composition and flow of the comic goes against that. there are really smart and beautifully made panels throughout the comic that portray the odd feeling of the story.
Maybe Im not used to
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Brandy
Jun 07, 2012 Brandy rated it really liked it
So hard to know what to make of this, if it's a fantasy adventure or a tale of mental illness. Either way, it's engrossing.
Jennifer
Mar 22, 2015 Jennifer rated it really liked it
This Japanese comic is pretty great. Yuki is a young kid picked on for being a freak. He keeps saying strange things about there being monsters on the school's fourth floor, which happens to be closed off. He sees things that no one else sees, hallucinations that convince him he's going to die. It's disturbing. I found the art to be very choppy, the action and conversations are not very coherent. I loved when the comic artist randomly zoomed into scenes, into eyes. It's a dark and psychological ...more
scarlettraces
Feb 23, 2010 scarlettraces rated it it was amazing
mad genius
Miss Ryoko
Feb 22, 2014 Miss Ryoko rated it it was ok
Shelves: manga, library-book
Huh.... I'm not entirely sure what I just read.

I don't often understand these types of books.... but maybe there really isn't anything to understand and people who claim they do really are just trying to boost their egos. Who can say... this manga has some rave reviews, but there really wasn't anything special about it. The artwork was really distracting and hard to look at.... I know that was part Matsumoto-san's plan I'm sure... make everyone look gross and ugly because that's how their person
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Jason (RawBlurb)
Yuki is in third grade. He has no friends, other kids think he is bizarre and rarely talk to him. This is not surprising as he talks to “imaginary” beings like Superstar.

Superstar is a being who lives on the third floor of his school, off limits to students due to some unspoken danger. Occasionally he (or other beings) coming down to create havoc, steal things, and generally stir up trouble. the closer that Yuki gets to the world that Superstar rules, the hard it is for him to differentiate our
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Penelope
Aug 04, 2011 Penelope rated it really liked it
Tekkon Kinkreet is a better graphic novel than GoGo Monster, in my opinion. But GoGo Monster is still pretty amazing. I think part of what makes me like Tekkon Kinkreet more is its sprawling nature--the entire city, in all its glorious detail, is such an integral part of the story. In GoGo Monster, the setting is also important and seems to take on a life of its own. But it's a very isolated space. 99% of this graphic novel takes place within the confines of an elementary school. At times it fel ...more
Felipe Chiaramonte
Dec 17, 2010 Felipe Chiaramonte rated it really liked it
Do mesmo autor de Tekkonkinkreet ("Preto e Branco"), Taiyo Matsumoto, aparições e medos pulam pelas páginas da vida de um garoto que não quer virá-las, pela sua angústia de perder a sensibilidade e o olhar únicos de um tempo na vida em que as formas das coisas se confundem com as formas dos sonhos. Mas o mesmo não é sentido por seus colegas de classe, que o chamam de FREAK por ver coisas onde elas não existem - com exceção de um recém transferido e curioso novo aluno e um outro colega da mesma e ...more
Bouman
May 27, 2016 Bouman rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
En sus más de 450 páginas GoGo Monster es un acercamiento a unas almas perdidas que no quieren enfrentarse a la madurez, el martirio de preocuparse por algo que no todavía no ha llegado pero ya temen. Con un desarrollo muy visual y sensorial Matsumoto cala en tu mente haciéndote ver que hay mucho más de lo que ...more
Isabel
Jan 12, 2016 Isabel rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
Very...strange. I kind of wanna call it "acid manga," because it's the kind of stuff that somebody would draw/write on an acid trip. Not really that ultimately disturbing, though - but still not really my usual cup of tea.
Ghostcat
Jul 29, 2015 Ghostcat rated it liked it
This is my second Marsumoto reading and I liked this one a lot more than Frères du Japon. The drawing style is pure perfection, so clear, and makes every page really alive, I can almost see characters moving and hear the typical sounds of the everyday Japan. The story is quite strange and dreamy oriented with so many possible interpretations, but it's fascinating and quite moving.
Charlie
Apr 29, 2014 Charlie rated it did not like it
I read this because it was by the same person who made Sunny, and because I couldn't find Sunny: Volume 2 online. This one wasn't very good. Mostly it's just left me feeling gross. I don't even really know why.
Nedda
Jan 04, 2014 Nedda rated it liked it
Shelves: manga, fantasy
All the way through my reading, one notion kept returning: "this is interesting." The mysteries (metaphors?) around IQ/Super Star were fascinating, the art was appealing, the whole book was obviously aimed at being 'artistic' and 'literary'. And it did end up as interesting and mysterious, but I believe essentially it was just too much so, to the point of drawing me out of it a bit, letting me think "look at how interesting this art is" rather than really getting into it.

3.5/5, another book that
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kelley
Feb 20, 2016 kelley rated it liked it
the most interesting part was the possibly environmentalist undertones which i was disappointed the book did not explore very much
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Although Taiyo Matsumoto desired a career as a professional soccerplayer at first, he eventually chose an artistic profession. He gained his first success through the Comic Open contest, held by the magazine Comic Morning, which allowed him to make his professional debut. He started out with 'Straight', a comic about basketball players. Sports remain his main influence in his next comic, 'Zéro', a ...more
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