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Amnesia Labyrinth

Amnesia Labyrinth
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English version of Amnesia Labyrinth as published by Seven Seas Entertainment
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(Kager? Meiky?)
GenreMurder mystery[1]
Manga
Written byNagaru Tanigawa
Illustrated byNatsumi Kohane
Published byASCII Media Works
English publisher
MagazineDengeki Bunko Magazine
DemographicSh?nen
Original run -
Volumes2
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Amnesia Labyrinth (Japanese: ?, Hepburn: Kager? Meiky?) is a Japanese manga written by Nagaru Tanigawa and illustrated by Natsumi Kohane. It was serialized in ASCII Media Works's Dengeki Bunko Magazine beginning in June 2008. The individual chapters were collected into two tank?bon volumes, which were released on August 10, 2009 and December 18, 2009.[2][3] The manga is licensed in North America by Seven Seas Entertainment, which released the two volumes on February 2, 2011 and June 7, 2011.[4] It has also been licensed in Taiwan by Kadokawa Media.[5][6]

Reception

Manga Bookshelf's Katherine Dacey lists Amnesia Labyrinth as the fifth worst manga of 2011.[7]Anime News Network's Carlo Santos commends the manga with its "deceptive leads and clues" and "calm, down-to-earth portrayal of home and school". However, he criticizes that Kohane's use of "careful shading, clean linework" serves to hide the "slightly off-kilter character designs and stiff facial expressions."[8] A later review by Santos commends the manga for its logic puzzles and its use of "long silences, where the things unsaid between characters make it far more intriguing than any dialogue could have." With regards to the art, Santos commends Kohane for "using lots of hatched lines and ominous shading to create a different era where a supernatural back-story adds new layers to the series" but criticizes him for being inconsistent "when it comes to basic character design and anatomy".[9]

Mania's Matthew Warner commends the manga's artwork with "the artwork provided looks fantastic, and is definitely one of the book's main draws. Character designs look solid and display emotion well (though there is one instance in which a character strips that looks a little off, for whatever reason). However, the real star is the backgrounds and environments throughout, which appear often and have something of a stylized, sketchy feel to them, and are usually quite complex."[10]School Library Journal's Snow Wildsmith commends Kohane's sharp artwork "full of feral smiles and vulpine eyes." She recommends the manga to the fans of psychological manga such as After School Nightmare and Higurashi When They Cry.[11] Dacey heavily pans the "source material; as writer Nagaru Tanigawa explains in the afterword to volume one, Amnesia Labyrinth was "based on a story that, while it didn't have enough to become a full-fledged novel, had been kicking around in my head for years." He admitted that he had to "dismantle" his original idea and "reinvent the characters"; small wonder that the published version was, by his own admission, filled with "lazy, phantom passages," vestiges of an earlier story idea."[12]

List of volumes

No. Original release date Original ISBN English release date English ISBN
1 10 August 2009[2]978-4-04-868067-701 February, 2011[13]978-1-934876-93-0
2 18 December 2009[3]978-4-04-868301-27 June 2011[13]978-1-934876-37-4

References

  1. ^ Loo, Egan (July 19, 2010). "Seven Seas Hints at Amnesia Labyrinth Manga License". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2020.
  2. ^ a b ?(1) (in Japanese). ASCII Media Works. Archived from the original on January 8, 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  3. ^ a b ?(2) (in Japanese). ASCII Media Works. Archived from the original on January 8, 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  4. ^ "Amnesia Labyrinth". Seven Seas Entertainment. Archived from the original on January 8, 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  5. ^ ?01 (in Chinese). Kadokawa Media (Taiwan). Archived from the original on January 8, 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  6. ^ ? (2) (in Chinese). Kadokawa Media (Taiwan). Archived from the original on January 8, 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  7. ^ Dacey, Katherine (December 28, 2011). "The 2011 Manga Hall of Shame Inductees". Manga Bookshelf. Retrieved 2014.
  8. ^ Santos, Carlo (February 15, 2011). "Right Turn Only - The Amnesiac Butler". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on April 5, 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  9. ^ Santos, Carlo (June 20, 2011). "Right Turn Only - Perfect TenTen". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on August 24, 2013. Retrieved 2014.
  10. ^ Warner, Matthew (March 25, 2011). "Amnesia Labyrinth Vol. #01". Mania.com. Archived from the original on December 15, 2013. Retrieved 2014.
  11. ^ Wildsmith, Snow (April 28, 2011). "Review: Amnesia Labyrinth Vol. 1". Mania.com. Archived from the original on January 8, 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  12. ^ Dacey, Katherine (February 8, 2011). "Amnesia Labyrinth, Vol. 1". Manga Bookshelf. Archived from the original on January 10, 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  13. ^ a b "Seven Seas Entertainment". Seven Seas Entertainment. Retrieved 2017.

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