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Mr. Arashi's Amazing Freak Show

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  809 ratings  ·  65 reviews
The series is about an orphan girl named Midori, whom is taken in (enslaved) by a traveling freak show. The freak show includes such unsavory characters as a mummyman, a snake woman, and a drooling man with no limbs. The owner of the freak show, the eponymous Mr. Arashi, is a strict man who allows his freaks very little freedom or joy in life. He is especially cruel to Mid ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published January 14th 1993 by Blast Books (first published September 1984)
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liliko This is very late, but it is on a guro manga website and most likely on mangafox. It isn't cheap, but it's on Amazon for about $50.…moreThis is very late, but it is on a guro manga website and most likely on mangafox. It isn't cheap, but it's on Amazon for about $50.(less)

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Aug 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
May 24, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
This was disturbing and disgusting and at the end pointless.
I am fully aware that I am not the target audience, this is not the type of story I gravitate towards. I am not at all big on horror genre, I did enjoy the bizarre horror of Junji Ito and the erotic horror of K.M. Claude.
This book has the bizarre and the creepy, too. However I am not a fan of this type of horror. Sensationalized violence and abuse of a minor? I can’t wrap my mind what I did not like here, but I clearly did not like the
Jun 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Not a kind book, but a beautiful one.
Oct 26, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
2 stars only for the art style because it was stunning. The rest of the manga... Well, it was stupid, disgusting and didn't make any sense. ...more
Ben Bueno
Aug 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
What a pleasant surprise. I was a fan of Maruo's art before buying this, without realizing he is also a mangaka. Turns out Midori, the Ultra-controversial anime film, is an adaptation of this book.
So, I gave Maruo a shot to see how good he is comics wise, and turns out he's great!

I think that not saying anything about the story is the best in this case, as I myself knew some details of the overall story (because I've seen some scenes from Midori), and it spoiled some of the fun.

All in all, a gre
Scott Baker
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
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This is a re-read. I have a thing for Maruo Suehiro; I don’t like his stories (although I do appreciate them), but I really like his art, disturbing as it is. This one is really neat, both storytelling-wise and as far as graphic violence goes. I’ve read some stuff of his that I regret having picked up, and will never go back to, but this is a favorite of sorts. It’s maybe because I find traveling troupes, street performers, carnivals etc. fascinating.

Objectively speaking though, I cannot recomm
Michael Sorbello
The series is about an orphan girl named Midori, whom is taken in (enslaved) by a traveling freak show. The freak show includes such unsavory characters as a mummyman, a snake woman, and a drooling man with no limbs. The owner of the freak show, the eponymous Mr. Arashi, is a strict man who allows his freaks very little freedom or joy in life. He is especially cruel to Midori. Midori works, not as a freak since she is normal, but as a sort of caretaker of the freaks.

This is pure psychological to
J. Gonzalez- Blitz
May 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
This was so twisted. Loved it. Made my guts crawl inwards and my brain shudder in skull-shattering quakes. Doesn't get a 5 because the plot was pretty much pointless. The artwork and grotesqueness made up for it though. Recommended to anyone that wants to undergo severe mental strain.
"I just want to go home."
Feb 23, 2021 rated it liked it
I read it because the anime is banned in Japan. The artwork is at times beautiful and then disturbing. The story is particularly upsetting because Midori is only 12 and depicted sexually and being attacked. The ending is particularly horrifying
Feb 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Maruo the God. Happy Valentine's, I guess. ...more
Charles Dee Mitchell
Oct 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
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
Noise Incapacitant
Dec 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
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
M. P.
Nov 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Shōjo Tsubaki is probably Maruo-sensei's most famous work. It is more toned down than his other works and goes much more in depth than the 1992 movie. It follows a young girl Midori, who has the most horrible life imaginable. She joins a traveling freak show and is subjected to abhorrent treatment from the other members. Her savior, a dwarf magician, stops this horrible treatment of Midori and "rescues " her. In the end, it turns out that he is just as wicked as the rest of the troupe. This book ...more
Shayla Mahi
Jan 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Rieski Kurniasari
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
I need several months to prepare my mental for reading this manga. I accidentally found Shoujo Tsubaki live action online and some of the footages were kind of disturbing. I didn't even dare to see the images on google searching. However, it also made me curious about the whole story!

To describe Shoujo Tsubaki, I would choose these words: horror + psychedelic + surrealism + tragic. The drawing style is impressive and also it reminds me of Junji Ito's works.

I am unsure giving the 4-star rating,
Jamie Felton
Jan 11, 2008 rated it liked it
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. ...more
Jesse Bullington
May 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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.
gregg fraser
Dec 10, 2015 rated it liked it
F*ck%d up. Still don't know what to say. At some point is this stuff just wrong? I guess if you're trying to visualize the worst nightmare of how to grow up, this would be it. Well drawn. Scary. But it's voyeuristic rather than sympathetic or instructive. Once again, Japan, can you leave the young children, especially girls, out of this? ...more
Sean O'Hara
Sep 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga, eroguro
All you need to know about this is it's ero-guro, or erotic-grotesque, a surrealistic Japanese genre. And it's about circus freaks. And the main character is a teenage girl.

Basically, imagine the Perils of Pauline as directed by David Lynch, with H.R. Giger and Salvador Dali as the production designers. Then throw that out, because it's not nearly demented enough.
Feb 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: surreal, mango
This book is really sexy if you are into old men and eyeball licking. If not, this book is a beautifully uncomfortable retelling of a classic story I have never read.

The art is pleasing and the story flows nicely.
Cm Addams
Nov 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was my first guro manga I ever read. The story was very enticing and bittersweet. Poor is forced to grow up at such a young age, witness and endure so many horrible things in her young life that when she finally tastes happiness it almost seems too good to be true. And it is.
Derek Royal
Jan 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
A little more explicit than The Strange Tale of Panorama Island, and this certainly an example of Maruo's ero-guro predilections. But it's not near as erotic/grotesque as Ultra-Gash Inferno. I love the surreal, even carnivalesque nature of this story. ...more
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
The ending had no meaning, but I enjoyed the artistic vision and imagination of Suehiro Maruo himself in creating this manga.

The story itself was a page-turner, too, if you’re not easily disturbed.

I can’t wait to read more of his other works.

Johnny Galt
Oct 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Wish I could give it 6 stars. This book is me.
Kasey Jane
Jul 26, 2012 marked it as did-not-finish
Scenes depicting animal torture and rape in the first few pages. Nauseated me; I could read no more.
May 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
weird, but a good kind of weird
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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 No

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