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Hakase Mizuki Presents BA_KU

By Leroy Douresseaux
Sep 27, 2007 - 17:21

Hakase Mizuki Present BA_KU is from (of course) Hakase Mizuki, the creator of Demon Flowers: Kuruizaki no Hana and The Demon Ororon.  This graphic novel (or tankoubon) contains two novellas – one divided into three stories and the other divided into two short stories.

In the novella, BAKU, a young man named Takeshi learns that he is “The Baku,” a spirit that devours people’s nightmares.  This discovery leads him down a path of twisted history of a lost family seeking reunion and a murderous rival who wants to devour Takeshi’s flesh in order to absorb the Baku’s power.

In novella, Mephisto, we meet the title character – known as either Mephisto or “Mephist.”  He has the power to lead ghosts from this world into the next, but when he encounters the ghost of a female college student who supposedly killed herself, Mephist can’t bring himself to just send her away.

In the second part of the Mephisto novella, a short story entitled, Nana, the title character is a diminutive girl who is part of Mephist’s family.  Nana finds a lost doll determined to be reunited with its owner.  The doll, named Francoise, is endowed with its own spirit, a spirit that can’t rest until she finds her owner, but will her owner be as anxious for a reunion?

THE LOWDOWN:  Mizuki’s stylish art remains a fixture in this collection of edgy, gothic fantasy.  The mixture of curvaceous lines and slinky, supernatural characters is occasionally intoxicating.  The themes present in Demon Flowers:  the intense devotion to family, the threat of the past coming back, and the notion that eating a person gives the diner his meal’s powers are all present.  Here, Mizuki pours on the poignancy and sentiment, and sometimes they ring true.

POSSIBLE AUDIENCE:  Fans of supernatural and gothic romance will find that this is the comic for them.


Shop BAKU at the Amazon aStore.

Read the review of Demon Flowers, Vol. 1.


Last Updated: Jun 26, 2018 - 9:28

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