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  • Art Rating: A-
  • Packaging Rating: A
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A
  • Age Rating: 18 & Up
  • Released By: Dark Horse
  • MSRP: 12.95
  • Pages: 212
  • ISBN: 1-59307-720-3
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Old Boy

Old Boy Vol. #06

By Eduardo M. Chavez     September 12, 2007
Release Date: June 06, 2007

Old Boy Vol.#06
© Dark Horse

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Story by: Tsuchiya Garon & Art by: Minegishi Nobuaki
Translated by:Kumar Sivasubramanian
Adapted by:Kumar Sivasubramanian

What They Say
Goto marches forward relentlessly to discover the identity of his tormentor, the man who had Goto locked up in a private prison for ten long years without ever telling him why. Goto's nemesis wants Goto to find him, and meet they do, as Goto's enemy reveals his identity and gives Goto clues that suggest this decade-long ordeal stems from a long-forgotten schoolyard grudge. But there's more to this cruel game, and Goto's friends may end up in the morgue if he doesn't agree to continue the game - in sudden death!

The Review
The game continues but with the help of an old acquaintance Goto decides to finally take the offensive. Since he actively entered the field of play Goto has been sat back and let the playbook open up before him. He thought he would have read a play now and then. He thought the real game breakers would have revealed themselves. He thought he had the smarts to beat this game passive-aggressively. He was wrong! And with very little time left on the clock in what seems like sudden-death overtime Goto has to dictate the pace now.

Digging deep into the old history tapes and yearbooks turned up nothing. Alias Dojima has taken a huge lead and he is not pleased with how one-sided this game has turned out to be. Even as Dojima shows more and more of his hand Goto is just going nowhere in this game of wills. Goto just cannot remember who Dojima is. He has no idea what he could have done to hurt him this much. For some reason Dojima has been erased from his memory. Maybe Goto wanted to forget Dojima? But the truth is that Dojima and Goto knew each other but only one remembers. That could be painful but not enough to warrant what Goto is going through now.

There is one reason why Old Boy is the best manga in English now - the mind games. Having some experience in film and theater I know how hard it is to express psychological terrorr in acting. Experience does not play into something like that. The context is completely unique in every case and there are no mannerisms or facial expressions that can do it justice. In manga this is possible through chapters and chapters of character work. In Old Boy's case Tsuchiya uses elements of reality that are foreign to most to create a sense of illusion and confusion. Dojima's wealth and power allows him to almost alter reality. He can change his appearance. He can influence people's lives. He can almost play god with his money. This is his power. And Tsuchiya understands that it is very hard to understand just how much power someone with money can wield. Add to that the grudge that has been festering for 20 years and you have the makings for something truly terrifying. Dojima can change life. He can end life. And he has made Goto's life a psychological hell. He is playing Goto and as I read this I almost forgot that Goto was the main character here. I was almost falling into Dojima's game. That is just how intense this fight is. Try to step away from the drama and you miss out on the details. Get too caught up and you loose sight of who Goto really is fighting � his own mind and his memory.

A page-turner but one so detailed I often have to re-read multiple volumes in a single sitting.


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