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Mr. Arashi's Amazing Freak Show

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Adaptación libre de una vieja historia del folclore japonés. Una chica llamada Midori es adoptada por una feria de monstruos tras perder a sus padres, y en tan grotesco ambiente encontrará el amor y protección de un misterioso mago. La pesadilla está servida.
Paperback, 160 pages
Published January 14th 1993 by Blast Books
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Tosh
There's manga and then there's uber-weird MANGA. Suehiro Maruo is a genius as far as I can tell. Super sexual, super violent, and super weird with a very retro style of drawing and coloring, Maruo lets his imagination go wild - and it's scary at times. But one has to buckle in their seat and just go on the wild ride.

And everytime I go to Japan I try to locate more of his books. He's a fantastic artist and it would be great if there was some sort of a retrospective of his work. Either in book for
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Noise Incapacitant
Masterpiece, I love this book. Mr. Arashi's Amazing Freak Show contains some of the most beautiful and detailed illustrations I've seen in any book, I adore the backgrounds and atmospheric settings, the massive half page/page illustrations of Midori and co. are just spellbinding, I stopped for around a minute each one just to take it all in. A giant Midori spinning around after being thrown in the air turns into a giant in this psychedelic big top like tent, all the freaks are looking up at her, ...more
Artur Coelho
Há duas coisas que me fascinam no manga de horror japonês: a estranheza absurda e surreal do conceito nipónico de terror, tão diferente da nossa sensibilidade, e o espantoso grafismo com que este é ilustrado, normalmente reminiscente do melhor da arte japonesa tradicional.

Este Mr. Arashi's Amazing Freak Show mergulha-nos num circo especializado em aberrações humanas, que vive da curiosidade mórbida que desperta nas populações. Midori, uma jovem orfã e a menos aberrante das personagens, é recolhi
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Jenny Devildoll
As a horror story, this is completely unstoppable--there are no "misunderstood monsters", no solution, no outcome with a brighter tomorrow. Even when things are going well, they're kind of fucked. The story, of an orphaned 12 year old girl named Midori in a freakshow in the Japanese countryside, is a bludgeoning tale of abuse heaped upon abuse. Any attempts Midori makes to stand up for herself are only met with more brutal treatment. She finds some respite in the form of a love affair with a dwa ...more
Luke
If you know what ero-guro is, you know what you're getting into with Suehiro Maruo's work. He's one of the most well-known artists working in this area - the nexus of violence and beauty (or eroticism) - and it's pretty much a given that if you can't handle splatter films you shouldn't really be looking here.

No, I'm serious. I've seen some pretty terrible horror films, and the art on display here is fairly heinous, even by those standards. It's fetishistic and violent, and it takes cute puppy-l
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M. A. P.
Probably the very best of Maruo's works. The plot isn't much to gloat to for, it's very simple, circling around Midori, a little girl who ends up joining a freak circus where she is abused in various physical and emotional ways for the sheer joy of her abusers, until a magician dwarf joins the ensemble and takes her under his wing. Really felt less like erotic grotesque, and more like a disturbing, tragic tale of romance (I feel awkward calling it "love").

To be honest, the story couldn't matter
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A.
Not a kind book, but a beautiful one.
Charles Dee Mitchell
Maybe this had been too exuberantly recommended. It also makes me realize that even when reading manga or graphic novels I am expecting as much in the way of narrative as I am visuals.

Is there a story here? Sure. Midori is an orphaned child taken up by the owner of a failing freak show,. She is sexually and physically abused. When she takes in three abandoned puppies, one of the performers, a woman whose talent appears to involve nothing more than sitting naked in a bucket of snakes, discovers
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Javier Jiménez
Esta es la historia de una niña huerfana de 13 años que es adoptada por un grupo de fenómenos de circo que le hacen la vida imposible. Las ilustraciones no fueron de mi agrado y la historia me pareció simplemente entretenida. Para destacar que la novela gráfica tiene un estilo propio, es algo surrealista, muy grotesca y pesimista. Debido a lo anterior, no se puede recomendar esta obra a cualquier persona, es dirigida solo para cierto público, ya que a algunas personas les puede parecer repulsiva ...more
Shayla Fish
Suehiro Maruo became an instant inspirational artist when I first discovered him.

I soon became the proud owner of this manga and was completely blown away by this crazed surreal and bizarre story. After scrambling through many horror mangas, Maruo stands before me as my ultimate favorite. His style is lewd yet mesmerizing. When you think of a freak show, you think of human beings with deformities, tattooed ladies, or wolf man. Maruo steps further and brings a very unrealistic, yet realistic rep
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Jamie Felton
As was mentioned below, there is some artwork in this book that is somewhat difficult to ingest due to its creepy/graphic nature (particularly disturbing for some reason was the caterpillar going into an ear); however, interspersed throughout are these lovely, surreal images, breathtaking in their intricacy, that transform this book into something more than a lurid study of "freaks" and the multiple ways they torture a young girl.
Jesse Bullington
Maruo is an amazing artist and his stories range from the sinister and surreal to the fullbore bizzaro, replete with eyeball licking and coprophilia. This work is his masterpiece, a comparatively subdued tale of an orphan trapped in a bizarre circus. Taking his cues more from wartime propaganda than other manga artists, his distinct style blends perfectly with the plot to create a haunting and memorable work of art.
Esther
little girls and sadistic megalomaniacal dwarves can make oddly endearing couples. very brutal and nearly made me puke, but some of the individual still images are some of the most beautiful things i've ever seen.
Valla
La copertina dolce mi aveva fatto credere male...è tra le cose più pazze e (ingiustificatamente ) crudeli che io abbia mai letto.
Kasey Jane
Jul 26, 2012 Kasey Jane marked it as did-not-finish
Scenes depicting animal torture and rape in the first few pages. Nauseated me; I could read no more.
Kim
I have had a prejudice against ero-guro, but this book made me appreciate it.
M.
Oct 08, 2008 M. rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2008
excellent, but nowhere near as amazing as ultra gash inferno
Johnny Galt
Wish I could give it 6 stars. This book is me.
Taryn H.
weird, but a good kind of weird
Célia
Gore, mais splendide !
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Maruo graduated from junior high school in March 1972 but dropped out of senior high school. At the age of 15 he moved to Tokyo and began working for a bookbinder. At 17, he made his first manga submission to Weekly Shōnen Jump, but it was considered by the editors to be too graphic for the magazine's format and was subsequently rejected. Maruo temporarily removed himself from manga until November ...more
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