ANIMUS

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, f The residents of a quiet Kyoto neighborhood have slowly come to realize that inauspicious, paranormal forces are ...

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Title:ANIMUS
Author:Antoine Revoy
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Genres:Sequential Art
ISBN:The Playground
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:224 pages pages

ANIMUS Reviews

  • Kathleen
    Jul 03, 2018

    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,...

    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 ver...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 t...

    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 Netgall...

    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 d aaanyway, 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 ga...

    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 ac...

    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. ...

    Wonderful and WEIRD. I enjoyed this one a lot - the art was especially lovely and fit the creepy vibe of the story really well. The ending doesn't provide a ton of answers so it's a really great conversation starter, plus an interesting introduction to an unfamiliar culture. ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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 w...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    Engaging ghost story-the children are charming and curious, and I like the twists in the story. Revoy has a manga-inspired style that works well for the setting (Japan) and the storytelling. ...

    Amazing. Just amazing ...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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 pla...

    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 sinis...

    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 fo...

    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 unsai...

    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...

    This is a nicely spooky ghost story about a Kyoto playground with mystical properties. With a few adventures, a few unexplained mysteries, and two smart, capable kids, it's exactly what a reader of YA horror comics should expect. ...

  • Myron Brown
    Jun 19, 2018

    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,...

    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 ver...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 t...

    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 Netgall...

    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 d aaanyway, 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 ga...

    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 ac...

    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. ...

    Wonderful and WEIRD. I enjoyed this one a lot - the art was especially lovely and fit the creepy vibe of the story really well. The ending doesn't provide a ton of answers so it's a really great conversation starter, plus an interesting introduction to an unfamiliar culture. ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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 w...

  • Jen
    Jun 10, 2018

    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,...

    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 ver...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 t...

    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 Netgall...

    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 d aaanyway, 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 ga...

    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 ac...

    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. ...

    Wonderful and WEIRD. I enjoyed this one a lot - the art was especially lovely and fit the creepy vibe of the story really well. The ending doesn't provide a ton of answers so it's a really great conversation starter, plus an interesting introduction to an unfamiliar culture. ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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 w...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

  • Lauren
    Jul 09, 2018

    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,...

    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 ver...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 t...

    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 Netgall...

    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 d aaanyway, 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 ga...

    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 ac...

    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. ...

    Wonderful and WEIRD. I enjoyed this one a lot - the art was especially lovely and fit the creepy vibe of the story really well. The ending doesn't provide a ton of answers so it's a really great conversation starter, plus an interesting introduction to an unfamiliar culture. ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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 w...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    Engaging ghost story-the children are charming and curious, and I like the twists in the story. Revoy has a manga-inspired style that works well for the setting (Japan) and the storytelling. ...

    Amazing. Just amazing ...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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 pla...

  • Blue
    Jun 19, 2018

    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,...

    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 ver...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 t...

    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 Netgall...

    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 d aaanyway, 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 ga...

    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 ac...

    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. ...

    Wonderful and WEIRD. I enjoyed this one a lot - the art was especially lovely and fit the creepy vibe of the story really well. The ending doesn't provide a ton of answers so it's a really great conversation starter, plus an interesting introduction to an unfamiliar culture. ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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. ...

  • Theresa
    May 21, 2018

    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,...

    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 ver...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 t...

    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 Netgall...

    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 d aaanyway, 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 ga...

    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 ac...

    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. ...

    Wonderful and WEIRD. I enjoyed this one a lot - the art was especially lovely and fit the creepy vibe of the story really well. The ending doesn't provide a ton of answers so it's a really great conversation starter, plus an interesting introduction to an unfamiliar culture. ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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 w...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    Engaging ghost story-the children are charming and curious, and I like the twists in the story. Revoy has a manga-inspired style that works well for the setting (Japan) and the storytelling. ...

    Amazing. Just amazing ...

    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 ...

    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. ...

  • Stephanie Cooke
    May 22, 2018

    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,...

    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 ver...

    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. ...

    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. ...

  • Claire (bookscoffeeandrepeat)
    May 07, 2018

    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,...

    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 ver...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 t...

    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 Netgall...

    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 d aaanyway, 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 ga...

    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 ac...

    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. ...

    Wonderful and WEIRD. I enjoyed this one a lot - the art was especially lovely and fit the creepy vibe of the story really well. The ending doesn't provide a ton of answers so it's a really great conversation starter, plus an interesting introduction to an unfamiliar culture. ...

    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 ...

  • Victoria
    Feb 28, 2018

    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,...

    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 ver...

  • Kristin
    May 29, 2018

    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,...

    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 ver...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 t...

    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 Netgall...

    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 d aaanyway, 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 ga...

    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 ac...

    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. ...

    Wonderful and WEIRD. I enjoyed this one a lot - the art was especially lovely and fit the creepy vibe of the story really well. The ending doesn't provide a ton of answers so it's a really great conversation starter, plus an interesting introduction to an unfamiliar culture. ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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 w...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    Engaging ghost story-the children are charming and curious, and I like the twists in the story. Revoy has a manga-inspired style that works well for the setting (Japan) and the storytelling. ...

    Amazing. Just amazing ...

    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 ...

  • Angela Evans
    May 25, 2018

    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,...

    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 ver...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 t...

    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 Netgall...

    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 d aaanyway, 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 ga...

    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 ac...

    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. ...

    Wonderful and WEIRD. I enjoyed this one a lot - the art was especially lovely and fit the creepy vibe of the story really well. The ending doesn't provide a ton of answers so it's a really great conversation starter, plus an interesting introduction to an unfamiliar culture. ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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 w...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    Engaging ghost story-the children are charming and curious, and I like the twists in the story. Revoy has a manga-inspired style that works well for the setting (Japan) and the storytelling. ...

    Amazing. Just amazing ...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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 pla...

    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 sinis...

    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 fo...

    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 unsai...

    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...

  • Paige
    Mar 01, 2018

    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,...

    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 ver...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 t...

    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 Netgall...

    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 d aaanyway, 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 ga...

    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 ac...

    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. ...

  • Grace
    Nov 09, 2017

    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,...

    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 ver...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 t...

    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 Netgall...

  • Sinistmer
    Jun 20, 2018

    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,...

    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 ver...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 t...

    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 Netgall...

    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 d aaanyway, 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 ga...

    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 ac...

    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. ...

    Wonderful and WEIRD. I enjoyed this one a lot - the art was especially lovely and fit the creepy vibe of the story really well. The ending doesn't provide a ton of answers so it's a really great conversation starter, plus an interesting introduction to an unfamiliar culture. ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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 w...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    Engaging ghost story-the children are charming and curious, and I like the twists in the story. Revoy has a manga-inspired style that works well for the setting (Japan) and the storytelling. ...

  • Jenna
    Jun 24, 2018

    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,...

    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 ver...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 t...

    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 Netgall...

    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 d aaanyway, 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 ga...

    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 ac...

    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. ...

    Wonderful and WEIRD. I enjoyed this one a lot - the art was especially lovely and fit the creepy vibe of the story really well. The ending doesn't provide a ton of answers so it's a really great conversation starter, plus an interesting introduction to an unfamiliar culture. ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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 w...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    Engaging ghost story-the children are charming and curious, and I like the twists in the story. Revoy has a manga-inspired style that works well for the setting (Japan) and the storytelling. ...

    Amazing. Just amazing ...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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 pla...

    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 sinis...

    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 fo...

    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 unsai...

    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...

    This is a nicely spooky ghost story about a Kyoto playground with mystical properties. With a few adventures, a few unexplained mysteries, and two smart, capable kids, it's exactly what a reader of YA horror comics should expect. ...

    A bit rushed of a murder mystery and wish we had either spent more time with our two characters, or if others had been excluded. The police detective was wasted, in my opinion. The ending was also rushed and while I do enjoy red herrings...I?m not sure these dangling plot lines were ...

  • Gaby
    Apr 30, 2018

    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,...

    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 ver...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 t...

    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 Netgall...

    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 d aaanyway, 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 ga...

    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 ac...

    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. ...

    Wonderful and WEIRD. I enjoyed this one a lot - the art was especially lovely and fit the creepy vibe of the story really well. The ending doesn't provide a ton of answers so it's a really great conversation starter, plus an interesting introduction to an unfamiliar culture. ...

  • Rachel
    Jul 07, 2018

    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,...

    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 ver...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 t...

    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 Netgall...

    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 d aaanyway, 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 ga...

    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 ac...

    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. ...

    Wonderful and WEIRD. I enjoyed this one a lot - the art was especially lovely and fit the creepy vibe of the story really well. The ending doesn't provide a ton of answers so it's a really great conversation starter, plus an interesting introduction to an unfamiliar culture. ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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 w...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    Engaging ghost story-the children are charming and curious, and I like the twists in the story. Revoy has a manga-inspired style that works well for the setting (Japan) and the storytelling. ...

    Amazing. Just amazing ...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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 pla...

    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 sinis...

    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 fo...

    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 unsai...

  • Sarah
    Apr 10, 2018

    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,...

    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 ver...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 t...

    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 Netgall...

    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 d aaanyway, 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 ga...

    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 ac...

    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. ...

    Wonderful and WEIRD. I enjoyed this one a lot - the art was especially lovely and fit the creepy vibe of the story really well. The ending doesn't provide a ton of answers so it's a really great conversation starter, plus an interesting introduction to an unfamiliar culture. ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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 w...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    Engaging ghost story-the children are charming and curious, and I like the twists in the story. Revoy has a manga-inspired style that works well for the setting (Japan) and the storytelling. ...

    Amazing. Just amazing ...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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 pla...

    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 sinis...

  • Holly
    Feb 26, 2018

    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,...

    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 ver...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 t...

    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 Netgall...

    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 d aaanyway, 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 ga...

  • Mary
    Jun 11, 2018

    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,...

    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 ver...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 t...

    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 Netgall...

    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 d aaanyway, 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 ga...

    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 ac...

    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. ...

    Wonderful and WEIRD. I enjoyed this one a lot - the art was especially lovely and fit the creepy vibe of the story really well. The ending doesn't provide a ton of answers so it's a really great conversation starter, plus an interesting introduction to an unfamiliar culture. ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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 w...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

  • Kate
    May 15, 2018

    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,...

    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 ver...

    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. ...

  • Jay G
    Jun 15, 2018

    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,...

  • That One Librarian
    Feb 28, 2018

    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,...

    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 ver...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 t...

  • Angie Pinchbeck
    Jun 13, 2018

    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,...

    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 ver...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 t...

    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 Netgall...

    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 d aaanyway, 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 ga...

    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 ac...

    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. ...

    Wonderful and WEIRD. I enjoyed this one a lot - the art was especially lovely and fit the creepy vibe of the story really well. The ending doesn't provide a ton of answers so it's a really great conversation starter, plus an interesting introduction to an unfamiliar culture. ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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 w...

    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 ...

    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. ...

  • Cindy
    Jun 23, 2018

    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,...

    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 ver...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 t...

    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 Netgall...

    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 d aaanyway, 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 ga...

    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 ac...

    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. ...

    Wonderful and WEIRD. I enjoyed this one a lot - the art was especially lovely and fit the creepy vibe of the story really well. The ending doesn't provide a ton of answers so it's a really great conversation starter, plus an interesting introduction to an unfamiliar culture. ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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 w...

    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 ...

  • Adam Stone
    May 02, 2018

    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,...

    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 ver...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 t...

    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 Netgall...

    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 d aaanyway, 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 ga...

    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 ac...

    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. ...

    Wonderful and WEIRD. I enjoyed this one a lot - the art was especially lovely and fit the creepy vibe of the story really well. The ending doesn't provide a ton of answers so it's a really great conversation starter, plus an interesting introduction to an unfamiliar culture. ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

  • Karen Abbott
    Jun 07, 2018

    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,...

    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 ver...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 t...

    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 Netgall...

    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 d aaanyway, 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 ga...

    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 ac...

    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. ...

    Wonderful and WEIRD. I enjoyed this one a lot - the art was especially lovely and fit the creepy vibe of the story really well. The ending doesn't provide a ton of answers so it's a really great conversation starter, plus an interesting introduction to an unfamiliar culture. ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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 w...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    Engaging ghost story-the children are charming and curious, and I like the twists in the story. Revoy has a manga-inspired style that works well for the setting (Japan) and the storytelling. ...

    Amazing. Just amazing ...

  • J.D. Dehart
    Apr 22, 2018

    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,...

    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 ver...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 t...

    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 Netgall...

    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 d aaanyway, 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 ga...

    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 ac...

  • Etinosa
    May 17, 2018

    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,...

    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 ver...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 t...

    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 Netgall...

    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 d aaanyway, 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 ga...

    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 ac...

    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. ...

    Wonderful and WEIRD. I enjoyed this one a lot - the art was especially lovely and fit the creepy vibe of the story really well. The ending doesn't provide a ton of answers so it's a really great conversation starter, plus an interesting introduction to an unfamiliar culture. ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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 w...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    Engaging ghost story-the children are charming and curious, and I like the twists in the story. Revoy has a manga-inspired style that works well for the setting (Japan) and the storytelling. ...

    Amazing. Just amazing ...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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 pla...

    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 sinis...

    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 fo...

  • Andrea Kneeland
    Apr 05, 2018

    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,...

    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 ver...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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...