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Onibi: Diary of a Yokai Ghost Hunter

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  507 ratings  ·  104 reviews
Part fantasy, part travelogue, Diary Of A Yokai Ghost Hunter follows the adventures of two foreign visitors as they tour Japan. When they buy an antique camera along the way, they discover they can capture images of Japan's invisible spirit world. The forgotten spirits they meet can be kindly, mischievous, and some, downright dangerous.

Everywhere they go from forests to
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Paperback, 128 pages
Published August 7th 2018 by Tuttle Publishing (first published October 25th 2016)
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Amber
Jul 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
The art was absolutely beautiful. I really love traditional looking art with soft colors. It had a cartoony feel but with a certain kind of lushness to it.

The story on the other hand was a bit lacking. It seemed kind of jumbled as we were thrown into the story of two travelers in Japan. No real knowledge behind why they were there in the first place, but the trip morphs into a hunt for yokai using a special camera. The story consists of visits to different places looking for these yokai and
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Diana
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very calming and atmospheric story. The choice of style and color carries a haunting air, and the short, normal life but subtly mysterious, tales convey wonder and a build up of gentle emotion for the last story.
Lenny
Oct 26, 2018 rated it liked it
A few months ago, I spent two incredible weeks in Japan. It was my first time there, and even though I’ve wanted to go to Japan since I was very young (blame my anime obsession), it was far beyond my wildest expectations. Japan is an incredibly beautiful country, from its forests and mountains and beaches, to its mind-blowing architecture, shrines, statues and temples. Its people are gracious and friendly and its food is unmatched. I just love Japan.

So it was with no small amount of nostalgia
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Laura
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Disappointing. I liked the art and colors, but the story was fragmented and stuttery without any satisfaction or pull.
laura (bookies & cookies)
I think some panels were out of order? Or the storytelling was just very jarring and jagged.
Jess Rowan
Felt like I was missing something. It may have been lost in translation.
Raina
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
The "fundamental values" of this publishing company make me a little uncomfortable. On the verso, Tuttle proclaims "Our fundamental values remain... to publish best-in-class books informing the English-speaking world about the countries and peoples of Asia." Tuttle is based in Vermont, USA.
There's something unsettling about this to me.

I'm constantly thinking about power dynamics, privilege, and cultural appropriation. So, on the one hand, the whole idea of this American company seems a little
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Mehsi
Come with Cécile and Olivier as they travel through Japan, finding hidden spots that may have youkai!

I was super-excited about this book. Japan is on a shared number 1 (along with Venice and Egypt) spot of places I want to go to really badly. So naturally I had to have this book which combined travelling through Japan and finding + photographing Youkai.

The book is separated in parts, namely a prologue and then for each Youkai picture. I really loved that they went for this format, now each
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Erik This Kid Reviews Books
This is a stunning graphic novel. It is a subtle introduction to Japanese culture, as the characters are traveling through the country in search of yokai (ghosts). You see Japanese folklore woven into more modern settings. The plot is straightforward, but demands the readers attention due to the gorgeous pencil and watercolor artwork.
I thought the concept of discovering ghosts and the spiritual world through an old camera was cool. The the story is interesting and will appeal to kids and adults.
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Uma
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
SO CUTE
Paige
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute little book about traveling and yokai, what could be better?
Amanda
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gettin-graphic, ya
This was charming and the art is very lovely. A fun, slightly spooky adventure.
Andrew Greenlaw-Houldsworth
This was a sufficiently entertaining graphic novel about a couple friends yokai hunting a region of rural Japan. Definitely has a "this is a book that teaches you stuff" feel, with a luke warm story, but exemplary artwork and subject matter. If you're looking for a fun learning read, it's great, just don't expect deep characters or plot. I wpuld do 3.5 stars if GR allowed me.
Kirsten
This is so pretty! Two tourists in Japan buy a supposed special camera that can capture images of the supernatural. They explore the countryside, but don't find any ghosts -- or do they?

Beautiful art and a fun, episodic story make this a rewarding afternoon read.
Supermomochan (PeachyFishyBooks)
Picked this up on a whim. I loved it! What a fun/creepy little yokai story! Would recommend!!
Ben
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
An engaging story with an appealing quirkiness (some of which might be due to the translation), and an illustration style I really dig. I'll be on the lookout for more from this duo.
Sarah I
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
The art was really cool, but there wasn't much of a story here.
Ellen
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
Ah man, I had higher hopes for this because the premise was pretty cool. The art was pretty cool. The story? That was disjointed as all hell and really just didn't seem to connect. I mean, I kinda knew what was happening but...yeah that's a lie, no I didn't. I couldn't figure out why these kids were even in Japan (they give a reason, but it makes no sense, these are kids). Then they just seem to meet up with random people who are not really developed, so it just leaves the reader saying "I have ...more
Vicky Reads MG
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Ugh. What a disappointment. The promised story, two French best friends vacationing in Japan who, after buying a camera that can capture images of yokai —supernatural creatures— , travel around Japan in search of stories about them and to witness the creatures for themselves. Japan has a rich tapestry of legends and folklore that Onibi: Diary of a Yokai Ghost Hunter could’ve threaded into the plot. This book could’ve been an incredibly potent look at folklore and legends and the creatures that ...more
Jenny Staller
Once again, I made the mistake of judging a book by its cover. The artwork on the cover was appealing and the description--two foreigners with a magical camera hunt for yokai (Japanese spirits)--seemed unique and exciting. Unfortunately, the story was very fragmented; instead of being a linear story, the book is a series of vignettes about stories these travelers heard (or dreams they had) about yokai. The "magical camera" isn't really magic at all, it's just a plot device to get the ...more
Travis
Generally a fun book. It really captures the look and feel of the more rural areas of Japan, and is enjoyably familiar for that. And the people also have a familiar feel with their random enthusiasm for taking visitors under their wing and showing them around. The art is nice, and reminiscent of manga in its style, but also distinct, which feels appropriate for the story.

But the book also feels a bit weird in ways. It is a sort of fantasy adaptation of the authors' real travels; I think that
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Honya
I feel like I should preface my review of Onibi by saying that it generally has positive reviews on Goodreads and has even won an award . . . because generally speaking, my own personal review isn’t that great, so maybe I’m totally missing something. I think a lot of my issue is just mistaken expectations. I mean, looking at this book–both the cover and the description–it looks like some cool graphic novel of a couple of kids going around hunting yokai. Which sounds awesome, incidentally. In ...more
Crystal McClean
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: culture, tween
Cécile and Olivier arrive in Japan and purchase a camera. They are talked into buying an old one that they are told will allow them to capture images of the spirit world. The trick, however, is not to actually look through the camera or attract the attention of the ghosts as they will then hide and not appear on the film. As a film camera, any photos taken during the trip will not be developed until a later date so they are unsure if the film will work at all, and whether they’ve been duped into ...more
Irene
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
This was a charming little graphic novel. The story premise of two French tourists coming across a camera that can capture the supernatural was really neat, and gave way to some interesting vignettes about different yokai. The selection of yokai in this graphic novel were interesting, as I had not been exposed to some of them before - so that was a great plus for me!

The art style was beautiful and matched the story tones really well. I loved the pencil scratch textures, and the colours really
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Kate Atherton
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
I really enjoyed this read ; the idea that tourists from France in Japan buy a magical toy camera that takes pictures of Japanese ghosts in otherwise normal settings where they dwell but are unseen is a brilliant one. It is a great idea to have these pictures with ghosts drawn in, as if the author(s) traveled to Japan and were inspired by real stories from locals IN these real places and made them a reality through art. I didn't see it coming that they lost the camera and the pictures were ...more
Katrine (DiveintoBooks)
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book definitely gave me the Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children vibe with its pictures after each chapter. Totally didn't expect to find them in the book, and it creep me out so bad, and it sure doesn't help when I was reading this book at night.

I think this graphic novel has some potential to shine, but it felt a little weird and out of place at times, like the story didn't seem interesting or didn't flow nicely enough. It might be because of the translation, but there was this
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Russell Darren
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading this book, I can say for sure that the one thing that really stuck to me, was the art style. It is just beautiful and is able to convey the emotions from the story right to the reader without being too much. Having lived in Japan these last few years, I am shocked that this is now the first time I've heard about the traditional mythical creatures they call yokai. The book acts as a wonderful introductory text to this aspect of Japanese culture and more. They also show the great ...more
MimiMaybeMiriam
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An engaging and beautifully rendered exploration of Japanese locations visited by siblings on the hunt for adventure. This book combines travelogue with art photography (cyanotypes!!,) the bravery of youth and a dive below the surface of Japanese culture.
I loved seeing the sights through the eyes of Cecile and Olivier but the added drama of ghost hunting made each location even more exciting. Eerie but not scary, this story kept me turning the pages. I only wish we had longer to explore ancient
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Dave
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I may be reading my own experiences into this, but I found Onibi to be a good mix of feeling nostalgia for Japan while also offering subtle critiques of how foreigners can be treated in there (generally a mix of helpfulness, exuberance, condescension, and cultural myopia).

The text is serviceable, but awkward at times; there are some parts that are quite stilted. They could have used a good editor. The art is rather nice. It is mostly bright, colorful, and engaging, though there is some variety
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Mouse
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book is kind of cute and fun and if you like anime or Asian culture then you should enjoy it.
I thought the art was fun, sort of a Chibi style at times.
I loved the concept of the book with the camera that takes pictures of spirits and the fake ads in it, as well as the notebook at the end. Unfortunately as some other reviews have suggested it seems there’s something sort of off with the translation and it doesn’t flow all that well.
I still don’t understand Cecile and Olivier and what they
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