Hanako and the Terror of Allegory

Hajimemashite! It's Silver-chan! This review is for 'Hanako and the Terror of Allegory'. (Disclaimer: These are my views, *squish*, and I‘m sure everyone's views are different.)

Hanako and the Terror of Allegory Vol. 1 by Sakae Esuno

Who hasn’t heard an urban legend? Scary stories that we tell each other for fun. But what if urban legend’s were true? What if by hearing and believing in them, you make them real?

Ever hear about the one about Axe Man? The man that stays under your bed with an axe and kills you after you’ve fallen asleep? Well the axe man is under Kanae’s bed, she can’t make him leave, and she can’t let herself fall asleep. So Kanae seeks the help of a special kind of detective agency to take care of her little problem. Enter in Aso Daisuke, a detective who would rather have cases like finding lost cats or following a cheating husband than deal with supernatural problems. Aso has a few problems of his own as well. He counts his hiccups and why does he have a strange girl living in his bathroom?

I would rate this 4 out of 5. Lets start with the bad (though its not that bad) shall we? Ok, this first volume has three urban legends for your creepy reading fun. Great, but they all seem to be Japanese urban legends, so some of my friends and maybe yours will be very confused by reading this. The last story breaks off or should I say ends in the middle of a another twist to the end of the last story. (Odd end to me, but hey, what do I know?)

On to the good. While the art was a bit more simple than I like; it was well drawn. The characters showed great emotions; you could feel their fear or embarrassment. It was unrepentantly funny; the running gag about Aso’s porn was well done. Also it says horror but it's not. It's just creepy enough that you get goose bumps but not nightmares.

All in all, Hanako and the Terror of Allegory is a spooky, engaging read, and it keeps you interested. I am definitely looking forward to the next volume. I am glad my friend at the book store suggested that I read this.

Until the next review. Ja ne’.

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