That right – I’m just going to delete all that crazy survival horror stuff with those screaming children in the howling future hellscape. Who needs it? Not me. Not while I’ve got the most wonderful character in the entire series slotted into her proper role as full-fledged protagonist.
The most memorable feature of Umezu’s art (in the first volume at least) is the frequent use of splash pages.
Having all been children once, you would think that no adult needs the reminder—but to be a child is to be completely helpless in the face of a casually cruel world.
Umezu’s protagonists are constantly overcome with shock, terror, and horror, but never with despair.
In fact, all the world—the adult world, that is—is savage, as every kid knows: a world of carnivorous, cannibal lusts, like the penultimate volume’s vision of the sea bed crawling with tentacled, starfish-like mutant monsters, eating one another and being eaten.
“School is a totalizing [pre]occupation in Japan.”