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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  368 ratings  ·  53 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
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 Hahne
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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Caroline
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
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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Sonic
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 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2010, comix
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
I got lost with the ending-great ride though. The graphics were great-like a person's sketchbook-random at times.
David Gallin-Parisi
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
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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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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Alex Hayden
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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Sairoo
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
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.
Meghan Casey
As usual, Matsumoto's magical, sometimes tender child characters have jagged edges, with some using immature brutality to hurry their growth into adults and others fearfully fighting adulthood with their mature innocence. The illustrations are simultaneously beautiful and horrific in their perfect caricatures of every type of person and fiercely imagined creature. A story that merges reality with dreamworld, mental illness and isolation with social independence, GoGo Monster is a must read for t ...more
*Queen Diva*
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
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
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
Charlie
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
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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Tom Fewings
A musing on the growing up and a child's relationship with their imagination, this meditative story about two boys and the ghosts that inhabits their school is perfectly pared with Matsumoto deceptively simple and striking style. My only complaint is the decision by the translators to replace the presumably hand drawn Japanese copy with a clunky slap serifed text which works against the comics visual style. Also every time I saw a sign I thought about the anonymous idiot who used the first san s ...more
Wayne
This Viz graphic novel was interesting and kept me hooked to the very end. I wasn't really sure where it was going the whole time, but like an automobile accident, I couldn't stop looking. The story centers around a small group of kids and some unknown entity named "Superstar " that maybe bent on destroying them all. The author kept showing a plane flying over the whole book, and I kept thinking it was going to crash in the school, but that never happened. The art was good and all the characters ...more
Ingrid
strange, melancholic, beautiful to look at. A successful marriage of imagination and harsh reality
Emilia P
This was supposed to be cool and artsy and all Japanese-narrative-y, right? Um. K. Yeah, it was full of monsters... in that there were no monsters in it, and it was all about the weirdness of conciousness within a child's imagination. So on some level, I totally appreciated it. But it really really never went anywhere. And it was sad, cuz it felt like it was going to go so very many places. So I'm not sure. If I am going to read artsy manga it better be fairly dynamic, and this was not that.

Nicole
I'm actually not quite sure what to make of this one. It's sort of a graphic novel, but done in a Japanese mange style. And the story is very surreal - is there really another realm with strange creatures, or is our young protagonist actually suffering from psychological delusions driven by the bullying and ostracizing he receives from fellow classmates? Regardless of it's meaning, the artwork was wonderful and I found the story engaging to the end...
Jennifer
Tachibana sees things that other third graders do not: the world of the others led by their boss, Super Star. But something seems to be going wrong and Super Star is no longer answering when Tachibana calls.

Hmmm, this was pretty weird, even for Matsumoto. And yet, I really liked it. It was creepy, disturbing, and strange, while also being beautiful, sad, and moving. Can't really describe it, you just have to read it for yourself.
Northlake Library
Definitely an incredible book. Even those not particularly into manga should check out this one, because it goes above and beyond the genre in the same way that Hayao Miyazaki's movies (Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Ponyo) go above and beyond anime, only a little darker and a lot more internal than those movies. I'd recommend this to adults who want to see how far you can push comics in terms of what they can express.
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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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