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Otherworld Barbara
by Moto Hagio and Matt Thorn


Overview - Fantagraphics Books is proud to present the first volume (of two) of Moto Hagio Otherworld Barbara, in which Tokio discovers a phantom island named Barbara. Then there s a mysterious and missing geneticist, an eccentric clergyman, a grieving grandmother granted temporary youth, a psychologist killed by a freak tornado Hagio offers a sci-fi explanation for these seemingly random paranormal elements, and makes it all matter with believable characters in complex and subtle relationships.This book won the Nebula Award of Japan (Nihon SF Taish Award) in 2006."  Read more...

 
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Overview
Fantagraphics Books is proud to present the first volume (of two) of Moto Hagio Otherworld Barbara, in which Tokio discovers a phantom island named Barbara. Then there s a mysterious and missing geneticist, an eccentric clergyman, a grieving grandmother granted temporary youth, a psychologist killed by a freak tornado Hagio offers a sci-fi explanation for these seemingly random paranormal elements, and makes it all matter with believable characters in complex and subtle relationships.This book won the Nebula Award of Japan (Nihon SF Taish Award) in 2006."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781606999431
  • ISBN-10: 1606999435
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
  • Publish Date: August 2016
  • Page Count: 400
  • Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.3 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.65 pounds


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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-11-14
  • Reviewer: Staff

This Josei (adult women) manga by the famed Hagio (The Heart of Thomas) is equal parts memorable, odd, and beautiful, with a dreamlike narrative that explores dreams themselves. The wistful story opens the strange yet magical island of Barbara, where Jujo Aoba and her friends live a carefree and joyful existence alongside sentient plants. Enter Tokio Watarai, a dream pilot and lovable deadbeat father. As a pilot, Watarai peeks into the dreams of others as required for various jobs. Watarai accepts a job to explore the dream of a girl who has been asleep for nine years in order to wake her. These events introduce Tokios son, Kitakata Kirya, who experiences recurring dreams of Barbara and an enigmatic girl with long white flowing hair. The soft, gorgeous art belies the storys heavier themes which explore strained parental relationships, and the psychological effects of dreams on the human psyche, for better or worse. (Aug.)

 
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