ANIMUS by Antoine Revoy


The residents of a quiet Kyoto neighborhood have slowly come to realize that inauspicious, paranormal forces are at play in the most unlikely of places: the local playground.Two friends, a young girl and boy, resolve to exorcise the evils that inhabit it, including a snaggle-toothed monster.Beautiful and eerie, ANIMUS weaves an entrancing spell out of childish curiosity, folklore, friendship, and fears that lie deep in the human heart.Writer/Illu...

Details ANIMUS

Release DateMay 8th, 2018
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Young Adult, Fantasy, Comics, Horror

Reviews ANIMUS

  • Jay G
    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: you to FirstSecond and Raincoast Books for sending me a copy in exchange for my honest opinion.In a small town in Japan, a haunted playground sits. Two children, meet Toothless, a masked ghost of a lost little boy tethered to the playground. Toothless tells the children of the eerie characteristics of the playground and all that it...
  • Victoria
    I was sent an early copy of this from Macmillan/First Second Books in exchange for an honest review.In the same day that I received this, I immediately dove in! Being a fan of dark tales and Japanese comics told me right away that I would love it. After finishing this I am left very confused, yet intrigued. Most of the time I hate when stories leave me wondering what happened, but I think that is what makes this so special. It's not fluffy at all...
  • Kate
    Deliciously creepy, and darker than I was expecting. The illustrations are straightforward and well-done. The plot flows smoothly and even takes a few turns where you don't expect it to. I had no idea what this book was about before starting it, and I think that's the best way to go.
  • Stephanie Cooke
    Animus was a fantastic manga murder mystery. I loved the characters, the story, and was eager to get through the whole thing in one sitting to find out what happened!I won't spoil the ending but it left me really thinking about the story and what it all meant.
  • Andrea Kneeland
    Everything you could possibly want from a mildly creepy Japanese ghost story. A haunted playground, unsolved murder, and a kid in a kabuki mask. Though the storyline and atmosphere will feel familiar to anyone who has read or watched Japanese ghost stories before, the illustrations are steeped in realism (as opposed to more traditional manga-style), and the dialogue and stories are read left to right (I assume because the author/illustrator was r...
  • That One Librarian
    When two friends discover there is more to their local playground than meets they eye, they delve into a mystery of lost children and ghostly beings. Toothless, a child seemingly tethered to the playground, teaches them the mysterious and supernatural characteristics of each facet of the playground. As the friends dive deeper, they will both make decisions that will forever impact their relationship and their lives. The black and white illustrati...
  • Grace
    While I enjoy graphic novels when I get the chance to read them, I don't tend to specifically seek out or purchase them, just because the dollar-to-word ratio is so skewed. That said... WOW. This graphic novel completely knocked my socks off.I got an advance ebook copy from Netgalley, and completely expected Animus to be slick and colorful, like its cover, and some kind of a fantasy adventure, like the Amulet series. Instead, it was a retro Japan...
  • Holly
    I DON'T UNDERSTAND THAT ENDING. SOMEONE EXPLAIN IT TO ME. WHAT DID I READ.s e r i o u s l y w h a t h a p p e n e daaanyway, the graphic novel was really good actually. I'd never heard of it before it came in the mail, and I wasn't even sure if I'd be interested in it. But I gave it a try, and I'm GLAD (even if I'm confused by the ending) because I liked it a lot. It was unexpectedly funny at times, suuuper fucking creepy, and I loved the artwork...
  • J.D. Dehart
    Animus works in a variety of ways. First, it is a complex chaptered work, just as any novel offers depth.There are elements of horror in the book that are effective, and the overall narrative is nicely accomplished.As with many other titles from First Second, Animus features accomplished artwork and storytelling, and does do in a manner that is literary and attains high quality. Highly recommended!
  • Paige
    Artwork and story were both very interesting but I wasn't a huge fan of the ending since there were some things I didn't understand, but I may just have to think on them a little more.
  • Theresa
    Creepy, dark Japanese influenced ghost story. The black and white artwork is phenomenal and contributed to the eerie mood. I flew through this, but the confusing ending left me a bit unsatisfied.
  • Claire (bookscoffeeandrepeat)
    There really is more to the playground. A playground of nightmares intrigues two kids and next thing you know, they were left solving a mystery and left entangled in one. There really is nothing else to say about this graphic novel except that the concept, in my opinion, was unique. I actually enjoyed the story because of its overall chilly and retro vibe. I admit that there were still some questions I had left unanswered but I liked the graphic ...
  • Adam Stone
    A beautiful but weird little manga-inspired ghost story. Its one of the rare experiences I've had reading a graphic novel and thinking "This is really easy to follow." and "I have no idea what is happening or why." Every part of it leaves you to draw your own conclusions about what it means.I recommend this to any American reader interested in manga but terrified they won't be able to figure it out, fans of spooky kids stories that you would only...
  • Blue
    A well drawn, well paced ghost story where two kids try to help a stranded soul be freed from the magical playground. Creepy and poignant, the story is aptly left open to interpretation in the end. There are several plots twists, but the one in the end is probably the most surprising. Recommended for those who like playgrounds, slides, swings, and garden creatures.
  • Angie Pinchbeck
    I really liked this book...right up until the very ending. And then I was very confused, and it really left me feeling like I had no idea what had just happened. The illustrations are beautiful and the story lovely, but the ending really ruined it for me.
  • Mary
    Very well-written and illustrated. Creepy! Not sure of what the ending meant but it doesn’t take away from the enjoyment of the book.
  • Jen
    I'm not quite sure what I just read and I DON'T EVEN CARE. It was just good, and creepy, and the art was really intricate and well done, and I want another 12 volumes, please and thank you.
  • Karen Abbott
    Amazing. Just amazing
  • Sarah
    I received this through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. There appear to be two disparate plots running parallel within this novel. One focuses on an investigator, who is trying to find missing children in Tokyo. The other is about a local playground, which is more sinister than it appears. Two children playing in the playground encounter a being, potentially a ghost or other supernatural being, who begins unlocking the secrets of the ...
  • Etinosa
    I really enjoyed reading this book. It is set in japan and follows a little boy and girl as they try to solve a mystery and save their friend. I liked the art, it felt like i was reading a japanese manga and i liked the two main characters. They were curious and smart and it was fun following them and seeing if they would solve the mystery. The ending was shocking and had me reading the book all over the end to see if i missed anything. It entert...
  • Angela Evans
    Times like these I reeeeeally wish there were half stars because this would definitely be 3 1/2. I rounded down to just 3 because although it was suspenseful and an awesome idea and premise, the story was just a little lackluster in what I was expecting. I wish it were multiple volumes so the idea of a haunted playground could be fleshed out more. All in all it was a nice, brief read with a neat art style.
  • Kristin
    I wish Revoy had spent as much time on the story as he did on his art. The crime and paranormal plot lines never come together and the resolution doesn't make sense because of it. What's clearly meant to be emotionally resonant finale doesn't work because we haven't seen enough of the characters to understand or care.
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  • Alory Shannon
    Interesting premise, and delightfully creepy, but the ending is so weird and unsatisfying that I can't honestly recommend it to anyone else.
  • Kristen
    Meh. I felt like it had so much potential but it fell flat. At the end I was just like “what?” ..... Unimpressed
  • Vi
    There is a chapter missing
  • Michael Knolla
    There are some very interesting ideas in this work but for me the various pieces the story is built from never fully fit together.
  • Rheetha Lawlor
    Provided by NetGalleyAs a young girl and boy work parallel yet unknowingly with a missing persons detective, they realize that their detective work to save a young boy is not of the CSI route, but more of a spiritual realm. A haunted playground makes young people turn geriatric, fears are realized in the sandbox, and thoughts are heard on the swings. As two young children try to figure out how to free the "boy in the mask", the detective is frust...
  • Rosemary
    This is a creepy ghost tale/mystery surrounding a ghost destined to haunt a playground. Schoolmates Hisao and Sayrui meet Toothless, a ghost who tells them that the playground is magic: the swings let you look into people's dreams; the sandbox brings your worst fears to life, and the slide has the power to give or take years from your life, depending on the direction you go. When another friend goes down the slide, rapidly ages, and develops deme...