Otherworld Barbara Vol 2: The thrilling conclusion of Moto Hagio's sci-fi mystery
Otherworld Barbara Vol 2 is the second and final volume of the acclaimed manga series by Moto Hagio, one of the pioneers of shojo manga (girls' comics) and shonen-ai (boys in love) genres. The series follows Tokio Watarai, a psychologist who can enter the dreams of his patients, as he tries to save his son Kiriya from a mysterious coma. Along the way, he encounters Aoba, a girl who has been dreaming of a mysterious island called Barbara for seven years, and Nanami, her estranged grandmother who has a dark secret. The series blends science fiction, fantasy, horror, and romance in a complex and captivating story that explores the nature of dreams, reality, and identity.
In this volume, Tokio, Nanami, and Kiriya travel to Engaru, where Aoba has been sleeping under the care of Dr. Wajima. There, they witness the increasing poltergeist phenomena caused by Aoba's dreams, which threaten to destroy the world. Tokio enters Aoba's dream once more, hoping to find a way to wake her up and save his son. But he soon realizes that there is more to Barbara than he thought, and that he is not the only one who can enter other people's dreams. As the secrets of Barbara are revealed, Tokio must face his own past and his connection to Aoba and Kiriya.
Otherworld Barbara Vol 2 is a stunning finale to Moto Hagio's masterpiece, which showcases her artistic talent and narrative skill. The manga is illustrated in a detailed and expressive style, with rich backgrounds and dynamic panel layouts. The characters are well-developed and nuanced, each with their own motivations and conflicts. The plot is intricate and engaging, with twists and turns that keep the reader guessing until the end. The themes of the manga are profound and thought-provoking, touching on topics such as memory, trauma, family, love, death, and rebirth.
The manga is translated by Rachel Thorn, a cultural anthropologist and an associate professor in the manga department at Kyoto Seika University. She has also translated other works by Moto Hagio, such as A Drunken Dream and Other Stories, Heart of Thomas, and The Poe Clan. The translation is smooth and faithful to the original text, capturing the tone and mood of the manga.
Otherworld Barbara Vol 2 is a must-read for fans of Moto Hagio and for anyone who enjoys sci-fi mystery with a touch of romance. It is published by Fantagraphics Books, which has also published other works by Moto Hagio and other classic manga artists. The hardcover edition has 400 pages and includes black-and-white illustrations throughout. It is available on Amazon.com for $35.14 (12% off from the list price of $39.99), Barnes & Noble for $39.99 (with free shipping), and Amazon.co.uk for Â25.99 (with free delivery).
Otherworld Barbara Vol 2 is the culmination of Moto Hagio's decades-long career as a manga artist and a writer. She is widely regarded as one of the founders of shojo manga and shonen-ai genres, which revolutionized the manga industry and influenced generations of manga creators. She is also known for her innovative and experimental works that challenge the conventions and boundaries of manga storytelling. She has received numerous awards and honors for her contributions to manga and culture, such as the Japanese Medal of Honor with the Purple Ribbon, Japan's SF Grand Prize, the Osamu Tezuka Culture Award Grand Prize, an Inkpot Award, and more.
Otherworld Barbara Vol 2 is not only a satisfying conclusion to a captivating story, but also a testament to Moto Hagio's artistic vision and legacy. It is a manga that transcends genres and expectations, and invites the reader to explore the mysteries of the human mind and heart. It is a manga that will stay with you long after you finish reading it. aa16f39245