English version of Amnesia Labyrinth as published by Seven Seas Entertainment
|Written by||Nagaru Tanigawa|
|Illustrated by||Natsumi Kohane|
|Published by||ASCII Media Works|
|Magazine||Dengeki Bunko Magazine|
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. The manga is licensed in North America by Seven Seas Entertainment, which released the two volumes on February 2, 2011 and June 7, 2011. It has also been licensed in Taiwan by Kadokawa Media.
Manga Bookshelf's Katherine Dacey lists Amnesia Labyrinth as the fifth worst manga of 2011.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." 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".
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."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. 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."
|No.||Original release date||Original ISBN||English release date||English ISBN|
|1||10 August 2009||978-4-04-868067-7||01 February, 2011||978-1-934876-93-0|
|2||18 December 2009||978-4-04-868301-2||7 June 2011||978-1-934876-37-4|