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Lychee Light Club

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  384 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
The Lychee Light Club is considered Usamaru Furuya's breakthrough work. Originally designed as an experiemental project Lychee's themes of youthful rebellion and deus ex machina destruction, and attractive designs eventually won over a new generation of readers and critics, leading the way for Furuya to take on his many recent high profile properties.

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Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 26th 2011 by Vertical (first published June 21st 2006)
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Nov 18, 2011 Tosh rated it really liked it
I accidently ran into manga artist/writer Usamaru Furuya's work via looking at the cover of his version of Osamu Dazai's great novel "No Longer Human." Mind you I haven't read it yet, but Dan at Skylight Books in Las Feliz put this little dynamite in my hands. "Lychee light Club" is a group of damaged kids who have a powerful unhinged chess loving' leader, who at the same age controls this goth gang. They kill, destroy, and build their own version of a Frankenstein, who has one human eye that be ...more
Joe Garcia
Mar 15, 2014 Joe Garcia rated it it was amazing
If Rocky Horror Picture Show, Clockwork Orange, Lord of the Flies, and 1984 all gathered in an orgy together. This would be its bastard child born from the aftermath. Lychee Light Club is a ultra-violent erotic horror manga. Perhaps one of the best emotional and thought provoking mangas I've had the pleasure to read. Each character is given their own characteristics that make you love and hate them. With two separate romantic stories unfolding, that falls together for the perfectly gory ending. ...more
Alexander Engel-Hodgkinson
May 05, 2016 Alexander Engel-Hodgkinson rated it really liked it
After finishing the first chapter, I wasn't expecting much. It seemed to be excessively weird for the sake of being excessively weird, attempting to both repel and pull in mortified readers with cheap, over-the-top shock value. I wasn't particularly shocked by its imagery, but I did pause a few times to go "Uh-huh."

Then I kept reading, and I started to realize that this would be much better than the opening chapter suggested. And I was right. This got better with every passing chapter. By the en
Dec 03, 2012 Sae-chan rated it liked it
Shelves: japanese-writers
The bloodiest book I have ever read. If this had been printed in color, the red cartridge would have been changed 5 times more often than the others.

From the blurb, I thought it would be somekind of twisted society ruled by youngsters. I was grossly wrong. This book was all about love....

Once again, beware of blood spilling out. Thank God, my copy is liquid-proof.
May 22, 2013 Ravenhats rated it it was amazing
Lychee Light Club the best way of describing Lychee Light Club is as the manga equivalent to Clockwork Orange. This is extremely dark and follows children as they grow up in junior high, and are lead by a fanatical dictator and genius seeks to rule the world through the designing of a super human robot. As you can probably guess if you have read Clockwork Orange or Furuya's adaption of No Longer Human (or even Genaku Picasso) this a dark masterpiece that questions common attitude of the innocenc ...more
Jun 02, 2016 Summer rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror, manga, bizarro
I thought it was 'edgy' and violent simply to be 'edgy' and violent.

I picked it up because people said there was a lot of influence from Lord of the Fliesand Animal Farm and A Clockwork Orange... but it doesn't really expand on anything that made those novels truly great. It's just a rehash with pictures. I'd say if you're not overly familiar with the above novels, maybe give it a try. But otherwise, it's just 'meh'
Absurd, but funny at the same time.

my complete review (in Indonesian language) here:
Mar 10, 2016 Miriam rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga, horror
It's not the typical manga I would read, but I really enjoyed reading Lychee Light Club! I wish it were longer, and only a couple of characters were more developed than the others. I recommend checking out the prequel as well.
Cipriano Cáceres
Jun 12, 2016 Cipriano Cáceres rated it it was ok
Malo de cojones. Sin sentido.
Soy de los que le gustan los mangas bizarros que llevan por bandera el descensao a la locura. Uzumaki ha sido la revelación de este año... pero una cosa es el bizarrismo y otra cosa la ultraviolencia gratuita y sin sentido.
El argumento es que no hay argumento. Los personajes no son ninguno creíbles y el final es... demasiado para mi. No puedo, lo siento.

Imagino, no obstante, que ha de tener su público. Por eso mismo se lleva una estrella de más: porque al menos está
Mar 10, 2015 Monique rated it liked it
I have never read anything so gorey and violent. It went beyond ridiculous at the end. It was a total bloodbath. I almost hate myself for enjoying it.
M. A. P.
Apr 18, 2015 M. A. P. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
A manga adaptation of a Tokyo Grand Guignol stage play, Litchi Hikari Club tells the story of a group of school boys - all sharply dressed in gakuran uniforms - creating a machine capable of thought so that they may use it to examine the meaning of beauty.

But may ye be warned: there is little innocence to be found in this story. Kidnappings, themes of dictatorship, hierarchy, sexuality, and gallons of gore advance the story. You wish to read this comic, you certainly need to be comfortable with
Jul 24, 2011 Matthew rated it liked it
Interesting read, and vastly different from Genkaku Picasso, the only other thing I've read by Furuya.

The story focuses on a group of early teen boys living in a broken down neighborhood in a near-future city. The boys are wild but obsessed with beauty, so they build a robot named Lychee to head out into the city and kidnap pretty girls for them. The leader of the boys is a brilliant but paranoid boy named Zera who rules over the group through terror. His obsession to stay leader and his paranoi
Jul 13, 2015 Hetaliaxcookies rated it it was amazing
as insane as it was, this book deserves 5 stars. the art was really good. the story is as the description says, but to be honest, I felt the group didn't achieve that much. if I had to describe this book id call it mind-f**k but in a good way. id also like to warn that this book is for the mature. it has a lot of violence, disturbing moments, nudity, and yaoi. over all I highly recommend this book (though I wouldn't admit I read it to some people XD)
Dec 07, 2015 Shadowjac rated it it was amazing
Shelves: seinen, mature
This wins the award for most messed up book I've read this year, it even beat コペルニクスの呼吸 1 Copernicus no Kokyuu 1 , being messed up doesn't mean bad though. The main story revolves around a bunch of middle school boys in the Lychee Light Club. The boys are building a robot, and the rest of the story follows the problems caused by building the robot. The most intriguing part of the story is Zera, Zera is a manipulative monster who is in charge of the club, he is really fascinating character and I ...more
Aug 12, 2016 Colleen rated it did not like it
The weirdest, most pointless thing I've ever read... It's like Lord of the Flies, only with less plot and interesting characters.
Apr 24, 2015 Rie rated it really liked it
Lychee Light Club is an amazingly twisted one shot manga that I cannot recommend to anyone in good conscience.
Mar 20, 2016 Hiroki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jun 28, 2014 Noora rated it really liked it
Violent, different & interesting.
Sarah Hayes
Aug 04, 2011 Sarah Hayes rated it liked it
Shelves: manga-lns-misc
That was . . . interesting. Horrifically gory and bloody and a fair amount of nudity and sex, even some BL scenes. It is definitely for mature audiences only. As for the story itself, it's certainly an oddity, especially with what the Light Club ends up building for their grand plan. The macabre pomp and circumstance of the club is hard to look away from. I would not recommend this book for people with easily upset stomachs. Target audience would be more like fans of infamous guro manga-ka Shint ...more
Cm Addams
Dec 31, 2015 Cm Addams rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my friends suggested me to read this when I was on a guro bind and this one still sticks with me today.
Prepubesant boys trying to find their own fountain of youth through violence and betrayal who tear for own society apart. Love it!
May 14, 2011 Rob rated it really liked it
This is one deeply twisted manga. A self-contained tone poem of despair, the Lychee Light Club is as haunting in its exploration of the extremities of human consciousness as is it relentless in its indictment of the human condition. Not for the faint of heart but, perhaps, one of the vital toxins necessary to survive life in the 21st century.
Lynnsey Wisdom
Aug 08, 2011 Lynnsey Wisdom rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
An exceptional work with a very interesting concept! It became an instant favorite of mine.

While I would say that this isn't a manga for everyone, it is definitely one for those who love the "alternative manga", such as those published in AX.

Sep 21, 2015 Surya rated it really liked it
This was at once horrifying and strangely amusing. The theatricality and the author's distancing techniques are very successful, but you definitely need a high tolerance for gore to get through this one.
Nameh dah
Jun 14, 2012 Nameh dah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mangas-que-tengo
Tras leerlo por segunda vez, solo me queda el deseo de ver la obra.
La edición de Vertical es bastante buena, pero si algo se le puede criticar, es el precio.
Achei Maruo wannabe, só que com o traço menos sofisticado.

Interessante, de qualquer jeito, pra quem se interessa por gosta de ero-guro.
Russell Grant
A really dark horror comic that doesn't pull any punches. Gorgeous art highlights the disturbing story. Great stuff.
Aug 08, 2012 Rin rated it really liked it
This manga is sadistic, brutal,disturbing and bloody at extreme level. Definitely not for weak-hearted persons.
Kyle Muntz
May 03, 2013 Kyle Muntz rated it liked it
pretty close to being the most fucked up thing i've ever read. certainly i think it had the worst gore
Scott Ferry
Sep 05, 2011 Scott Ferry rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
One of the best manga i have read in a long time.
Samuel Gonzalez
Jul 20, 2013 Samuel Gonzalez rated it it was amazing
Excellent as always by Vertical
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