Friday, 2 January 2015

[MANGA REVIEW] The Caterpillar [Imo-Mushi][芋虫] by Suehiro Maruo (Illustrator), Rampo Edogawa (Author)

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Recommended for: Horror Erotica Fans
Read from January 01 to 02, 2015, read count: 1

The tale might be visually grotesque and psychologically twisted but it also showcase highly creative poetic expressionism from its intricate artwork. Thus I became a moth to a flame yet I regret nothing.

After experiencing Suehiro Maruo sensei's work here, I am keen on exploring his other works as well. His artistic style complements really well with Rampo Edogawa sensei's daring work of fiction. Both of their works often focus on the darker side of human nature.

Now that I have read this manga adaptation of the novel, 芋虫 Imomushi aka Caterpillar (キャタピラー / Kyatapirā) by Rampo Edogawa sensei, I shall be moving onto the book next. I am saving the movie adaptation of the novel for last. Actually I have skimmed through the video a little and it wasn’t as morbid as this manga and I find the actor for the ‘torso man’ looks rather pleasing. He is nothing like the poor lump of flesh depicted in this manga.

Of all things twisted that had happened in the story oddly enough my mind chose to fixate on that unique way of marinating bananas illustrated in the manga. Does that sort of bizarre food preparation really happen in real life? Or is it only in the mind of a hyper creative cum erotic writer?

*Sighs longingly* Damn! All this is giving me a cliterection.

Illustrator/Artist: Suehiro Maruo
Author: Rampo Edogawa
Publication Date: 2009 (First published in January 1st, 2006)
Publisher: Enterbrain
Type: Manga / Graphic Novel
Genre: Adult, Historical, Horror, Seinen, Tragedy, Ero-guro, Psychosexual Horror Erotica, Manga Adaptation of a Novel

The Caterpillar is an adaptation of the 1929 Edogawa Rampo short story of the same name. The Caterpillar is a haunting psycho-sexual tale of Lt. Sunaga, a disfigured and limbless veteran of WWI who returns home to his young and beautiful wife. Sunaga initially is given a hero's welcome, but is quickly forgotten and shunned because of his injuries. Unable to speak or care for himself, he is completely at the mercy of his wife as she grows to loathe and toy with him.
-From Same Hat! blog

* Reviewed on January 2nd, 2015

Just found out that this manga is adapted from Rampo Edogawa Sensei's famous psychosexual horror short story, 芋虫 Imomushi (The Caterpillar). I have sort of skimmed through the movie adaptation of the novel and I must say that this story is so not for the faint-hearted. I would expect the no less from this manga adaptation. Therefore do consider yourself warned.

* 31st December 2014

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