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Hanako and the Terror of Allegory Volume 2 (Hanako & the Terror of Allegory) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 3. August 2010

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Hanako and the Terror of Allegory: v. 2 When urban legends come to life, only one man can save the day: Daisuke Asou, the folklore detective. Full description


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Improvement over volume 1 9. August 2010
Von Zack Davisson - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Taschenbuch
Volume two of "Hanako and the Terror of Allegory" is a marked improvement over the disappointing Volume 1. The translation kinks that marred the first volume seem to have been worked out, and the English flows much smoother than before. On top of that, artist Sakae Esuno (Future Diary) has hit more of a stride with the series, relying less of cheap gags and delivering some actual horror. Even then, the series is still not of the same caliber as "Future Diary" and suffers from some major flaws.

Volume two starts out with Kanae drunkenly wishing she was a pop idol, and inadvertently summoning up the Demon in the Mirror to grant her wish. Kanae is a terrible singer but everyone is still compelled to buy her music, and only the vague nature of her unfillable wish keeps her from being dragged down to hell. Next up comes the Teke-Teke, an allegory composed of the severed torso of a woman who is said to strike down other young women leaving them as damaged as themselves. Allegory Detective Daisuke Aso and his assistant Hanako from the Bathroom are having no luck tracking down this elusive allegory and more and more schoolgirls are dying every day. The next story is more personal, featuring Kanae's cousin Chieri who has damaged her optic nerve while piercing her ear. The damage continues to spread, and an allegory might just be the cause. Finally, the famous fox-spirit Kokkori san comes out to play and Aso's own allegory is pressed to the surface in order to deal with the menace, and action from which Aso might not recover.

When "Hanako and the Terror of Allegory" is playing with straight horror, it really shines. The Teke-Teke story is the longest in the book, and by far the best. Sakae Esuno can draw some creepy people, especially faces, and that story was the only one in the book that really grabbed me and had me flipping pages. I can't remember the last time I read a story in a manga as scary as the Teke-Teke.

Too often however, the weird blend of technology and supernatural that is the core of the story just doesn't work. As an example, the titular character of Hanako confounds every time she appears. Hanako is herself supposed to be one of these allegories, Hanako from the Bathroom, and the point is even made in one story that she can't stray too far from a bathroom or she starts to disappear. That actually made her interesting, until a scene a little bit later in the book has Kanae and Hanako out having a picnic with nary a bathroom in sight. Hanako is a supernatural character, but at the same time she is a science genius making all sorts of computer programs and equipment to aid in the allegory hunt. Esuno needs to make some decisions about these characters, what they can and can't do, then stick with it.
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Japanese Horror & Folktales 14. August 2010
Von Nicola Mansfield - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Taschenbuch
Volume 2 starts right off with a new case in which Kanae finds herself in trouble once again with an allegory in "The Demon in the Mirror". Then teenage girls are committing suicide in a strange way when a girl gets pushed in front of a train, and then the girl who pushed her is next pushed in front of a train and so on until there is an epidemic of dead young girls and the train has been stopped for day while Hanako, Aso and Kanae work the case in a two part story called "Teke-Teke". Next comes a strange case "The Piercing Hole and the White Thread", where a little girl gets her ear pierced by a friend with a needle and when she pulls the needle out along comes some white thread which just happens to be her optic nerve. Laying in the hospital, blind, with many of her nerves reaching all over the room, the detectives must find the allegory hiding deep within her that is killing her. Finally, we end with "Kokkuri-san Part 1" which involves Aso, the Allegory Detective himself and his secret that he has kept hidden so far. The volume ends with an exciting cliffhanger that begs for volume 3 to come soon but I don't see it showing up anywhere yet so it may be a while.

Aso and Kanae start to form the beginnings of a relationship as she is saved by the detective twice in this volume. They both seem to be aware of these feelings within themselves but there is Aso's terrible secret between them and Hanako, who is jealous of Kanae, makes Kanae aware of it halfway through the book. Whether this will affect her ability to continue to care for Aso more than a friend remains to be seen.

I really love this series. The legends are wonderful and creepy and the three main characters are likable in their own way, though they all do have their problems as well. This volume did *not* have any of the s*x talk or nudity found in the first volume which was a plus for me, knowing it will not be an assured aspect of every volume. It still was s*xually suggestive at times but much toned down from Vol.1 But from an adult point of view this is a very fun series; I love the Japanese take on horror and at the end of each volume is a write up on each tale with the history, meaning, popularity or other interesting information on the legend in Japanese culture.
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