VeganPikachu knows what’s a good story once he sees one and does not lose time in sharing his experience with Hideout with me and now… with you all! Enjoy this review and feel free to welcome VeganPikachu-kun to the Shinigami List.
Let this be the first of many great posts!
For the last several years you can barely find me reading a comic book, a manga or watching anime. But no matter how rare do I come back to these guilty pleasures I always come across at rad stuff, maybe ‘cause I have good friends recommending my picky self only the finest things.
That said, I just finished Masasumi Kakizaki’s ‘Hideout’, and decided to share with you how worthy my time with it was. The story is certainly not a life-changer or something you haven’t seen/read before. Especially if you’re into horror stories. It’s about Seiichi Kirishima, a young writer, struggling to find a job and to take care of his wife and tiny son. Their dramatic life story is depicted in sporadic movie style flashbacks that help the main story accumulate tension. Exactly this structure makes of ‘Hideout’ a constant emotional build-up; you just read it in basically no time.
The main story itself puts Seiichi and his wife in a classic horror movie situation. They are trapped in a cave of a cannibalistic sociopath who’s looking for human flesh to feast upon and to reproduce with. At least that’s what Masasumi wants you to think in the beginning of the story. And what it becomes in its very end I’ll surely keep a secret.
‘Hideout’ is, besides a crafty written story, a very beautiful one too. The manga is dark and grim, and so is the drawing style. At some point you stop perceiving them as illustrations, but a real life horror carved deep in somebody’s mind,skin or memories. In certain points it’s more psychological while in others it traps you in a vortex of violence, revenge, hatred and inner mental terror. Boy, exactly my cup of tea!
I guess because of all that the manga felt like soaked with that early Stephen King taste from ‘Salem’s Lot’ and his horrid short stories such as ‘The Vampire’, ‘Children of the Corn’, ‘Jerusalem’s Lot’ etc. And indeed, in the final notes Kakizaki is confessing that it’s exactly King who is among his main influences.
Rants ending now, just go and read it!
Hideout was first published by Shogakukan in the monthly seinen-oriented magazine Big Comic Spirits. It started on 30th November 2010 and was completed in 1 volume and 9 chapters. Other manga by Kakizaki-sensei include the popular action series Green Blood with its alternate Wild West reality and the otaku’s favourite Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin.
Images: ©Masasumi Kakizaki & Shogakukan