ANIMUS by Antoine Revoy

ANIMUS

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

TitleANIMUS
ISBN9781626721838
Author
Release DateMay 8th, 2018
PublisherMacmillan
LanguageEnglish
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Horror, Fantasy, Young Adult, Comics, Mystery, Teen
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Reviews ANIMUS

  • David Schaafsma
    1970-01-01
    Animus is the YA creation of Antoine Revoy, who grew up in Paris and Tokyo, loving comics from east and west. What we know is that Japan has an elaborate system of yokai (monsters, supernatural creatures), and this ghost story fits that manga category, but it also features realistic drawing. This story takes place in a Kyoto playground where two kids, Hisao and Sayuri, stay after dark and meet a boy in a Kabuki mask. He tells them about the hidde...
  • Victoria
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Jay G
    1970-01-01
    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer...Thank 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...
  • Stephanie Cooke
    1970-01-01
    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.
  • That One Librarian
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Payne Yance
    1970-01-01
    This graphic novel was so different from most books I had read before. It’s a dark tale about a haunted playground with strange pasts and parts that are alive. The story started with a couple trying to find their missing son. The police had more missing kids posters with unsolved cases. Fast forward to two kids who went to the playground and met this kid there who is trapped within the playground. To help the kid as known as Toothless get out o...
  • Andrea Kneeland
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • J.D. Dehart
    1970-01-01
    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!
  • Kate
    1970-01-01
    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.
  • Rachel
    1970-01-01
    A haunted playground in Kyoto, Japan seems to hold the key to the mystery of missing schoolchildren. Sayuri and Hisao, themselves children, follow the clues they discover to find their missing classmates and to hopefully return "Toothless," the boy haunting the playground, back to where he belongs. Echoing the atmosphere of the story, Revoy’s illustrations are haunting and fantastical, and I was stunned by the ending. (This is one I am forcing ...
  • Ryan Fohl
    1970-01-01
    If you like the tv show stranger things, you should read this. The artist can draw anything! He really succeeded at created a full rich setting. Love the unique character designs. Very good story telling. I loved the solution to the mystery, and the ending. The main characters could have been more developed.What I learned: what cats dream about. What Japanese prisoners dress like.
  • Jenn Marshall
    1970-01-01
    This was so good. I love how creepy the story was. It is about a playground that is not your normal playground. Some kids are trying to solve the mystery of a strange boy and the playground. At the same time theres a missing boy. It's interesting and I love the art work.
  • Grace
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Paige
    1970-01-01
    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.
  • Nicole Westen
    1970-01-01
    I really loved this. And like many people, I was a little confused over the ending. I understood some of it, since I read a lot of manga and think I have a better understanding of Japanese culture than a typical american comic reader. I grasped the Tsukumogami aspect, but I just don't know about the Shu Tou. It was said in the comic that the Japanese equivalent of the 'four something', a comb, a mirror, a sewing kit, and red string, are not suppo...
  • Cindy
    1970-01-01
    I have to admit, I purchased this on a whim because of the artwork on the front and back cover and the ominous warning to "STAY OUT OF THAT PLAYGROUND"; the masked boy and the moths in the eerie blue palette, it was as if it was daring someone to read it. Plus, I'm automatically drawn to anything with moths...weird, I know.I really liked this strange little story. I didn't completely understand everything but I wasn't bothered by the unanswered q...
  • Rachel
    1970-01-01
    I started reading this wonderful graphic novel and I was so hooked that I finished it in one day. It left me thinking for sure! I love the art style and the narrative was both creepy and beautiful all at the same time. I give it a 4.5/5 stars only because the ending left too much unsaid/unexplained for me. I like a cliffhanger ending, but this one had too many loose ends. Still, it is definitely worth reading, and I will be recommending this one ...
  • Blue
    1970-01-01
    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.
  • Myron Brown
    1970-01-01
    Kids are disappearing throughout Kyoto. Two middle school students encounter a mysterious kid named "Toothless" at the playground who could explain the mysterious happenings tied to the disappearances. The strength of the book is the investigation done by the two kids. Things are not what they seem and soon readers realize that strange things are happening to both kids, especially the strange nightmares they are both having. Readers first hear ab...
  • Claire (bookscoffeeandrepeat)
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Karen
    1970-01-01
    Amazing. Just amazing
  • Angie Pinchbeck
    1970-01-01
    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.
  • Lauren
    1970-01-01
    There’s a strange playground tucked away in a quiet neighborhood. The swings see into dreams and the concrete animals hear all within the park. When they accidentally stay past sundown, friends Hisao and Sayuri meet the park’s resident ghost. He knows all about the magic of the playground but can’t remember his own fate. When their friend is injured finding out what happened to Toothless might be the only way to save him. They’ll have to ...
  • Katherine
    1970-01-01
    Two friends, Hisao and Sayuri, find a small playground tucked away in a quiet neighborhood in Japan. While playing there, they meet a masked ghost who calls himself Toothless. Toothless is unable to move on, not sure where his body lies, and spends his days warning kids away from the dangers of the park. He teaches Hisao and Sayuri about the strange, dangerous, and wonderful things they can accomplish at the park. But when one of Hisao and Sayuri...
  • Melissa
    1970-01-01
    Ehhh... It sure was... something.The local playground has dark secrets that have entrapped children for years. Two friends meet a spirit who knows these secrets and asks for help in escaping to another realm in exchange for revealing his knowledge. As the friends' investigation goes deeper, they discover that some things are too dangerous to play with.Revoy's world relies on the lingering fears of childhood, giving readers an eerie feeling with a...
  • Cass
    1970-01-01
    This is one of the best ghost stories I've ever read. The simple yet creepy manga art style reads a bit like a movie storyboard which isn't a bad thing. I really love how the characters have a slight fantasy look to them like Sayuri's elf ears. Toothless mask reminded me a bit of Majora's Mask in a way which I can see being an inspirational aspect to the character development. The haunted playground aspects were amazingly original...The swings th...
  • Andrew Greenlaw-Houldsworth
    1970-01-01
    Fantastic supernatural mystery manga! Great pacing, no gore, and great artwork. I especially liked the two protagonist bit, and the Japanese mythos. It would have gotten five stars, but the ending was weak, if chilling. I'd recommend as young as ten, if they're into horror.
  • Mary
    1970-01-01
    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.