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Lychee Light Club

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  261 ratings  ·  22 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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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
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
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
Absurd, but funny at the same time.

my complete review (in Indonesian language) here:
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.
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.
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
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
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)
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.
Lychee Light Club is an amazingly twisted one shot manga that I cannot recommend to anyone in good conscience.
Violent, different & interesting.
Sarah Hayes
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
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
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.

Nameh dah
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.
Russell Grant
A really dark horror comic that doesn't pull any punches. Gorgeous art highlights the disturbing story. Great stuff.
This manga is sadistic, brutal,disturbing and bloody at extreme level. Definitely not for weak-hearted persons.
Kyle Muntz
pretty close to being the most fucked up thing i've ever read. certainly i think it had the worst gore
Scott Ferry
One of the best manga i have read in a long time.
Samuel Gonzalez
Excellent as always by Vertical
Melissa Bryan
Great, but different.
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