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, folklore, friendship, and fears that lie deep in the human heart.Writer/Illustrator Antoine Revoy has a long-held passion for all forms of comics―graphic novels, manga and bandes dessinées―fostered by his childhood living in Paris, France and Tokyo, Japan. Antoine's clients include Der Spiegel and New York Times, and his work has received acclaim by the Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, and Spectrum. Antoine currently teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design. He lives in Providence, RI, with his wife, illustrator Kelly Murphy. www.revoy.net

ANIMUS Details

TitleANIMUS
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 8th, 2018
PublisherMacmillan
ISBN-139781626721838
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Fantasy, Young Adult, Graphic Novels Comics

ANIMUS Review

  • Victoria
    January 1, 1970
    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 very confused, yet intrigued. Most of the time I hate when stories leave me wondering what happened, but I think that is what makes this so special. It's not fluffy at all and can definitely give some chills. This is a qu 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 very confused, yet intrigued. Most of the time I hate when stories leave me wondering what happened, but I think that is what makes this so special. It's not fluffy at all and can definitely give some chills. This is a quick and fun read that I really enjoyed. Also, the artwork is gorgeous! Seriously though, what just happened ? ? ?
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  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Andrea Kneeland
    January 1, 1970
    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 steeped in realism (as opposed to more traditional manga-style), and the dialogue and stories are read left to right (I assume because the author/illustrator was raised in Tokyo but currently resides in the U.S.). 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 steeped in realism (as opposed to more traditional manga-style), and the dialogue and stories are read left to right (I assume because the author/illustrator was raised in Tokyo but currently resides in the U.S.). If you have students like mine who only read manga and refuse to read English-origin graphic novels, I think you can still sell easily sell this to a skeptical audience with the right booktalk, because all the story elements are there. Recommended for middle school and up.
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  • That One Librarian
    January 1, 1970
    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 the playground. As the friends dive deeper, they will both make decisions that will forever impact their relationship and their lives. The black and white illustrations in this graphic novel are hypnotic, with preci 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 the playground. As the friends dive deeper, they will both make decisions that will forever impact their relationship and their lives. The black and white illustrations in this graphic novel are hypnotic, with precise use of line and exquisite textures. Readers may well get to the final pages only to flip back to the beginning to unravel the narrative again in an attempt to fully understand what they've experienced.
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  • Grace
    January 1, 1970
    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 Netgalley, and completely expected Animus to be slick and colorful, like its cover, and some kind of a fantasy adventure, like the Amulet series. Instead, it was a retro Japanese childhood ghost story, a perfect blend of ende 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 Netgalley, and completely expected Animus to be slick and colorful, like its cover, and some kind of a fantasy adventure, like the Amulet series. Instead, it was a retro Japanese childhood ghost story, a perfect blend of endearing and creepy. The art is lovely, and fits the vibe just right. At times, Animus was chilling, at times sweet, and when it ended it left me feeling pleasantly unsettled. I know I'll be thinking about this story for days.
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  • Holly
    January 1, 1970
    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 daaanyway, 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 gave it a try, and I'm GLAD (even if I'm confused by the ending) because I liked it a lot. It was unexpectedly funny at times, suuuper fucking creepy, and I loved the artwork.Rating: 3.5-4 stars*Physical review copy kindly p 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 daaanyway, 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 gave it a try, and I'm GLAD (even if I'm confused by the ending) because I liked it a lot. It was unexpectedly funny at times, suuuper fucking creepy, and I loved the artwork.Rating: 3.5-4 stars*Physical review copy kindly provided by Macmillan/First Second*
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  • J.D. Dehart
    January 1, 1970
    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 accomplished artwork and storytelling, and does do in a manner that is literary and attains high quality. Highly recommended!
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  • Paige
    January 1, 1970
    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.
  • Gaby
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Stephanie Cooke
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Theresa
    January 1, 1970
    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.
  • Claire (bookscoffeeandrepeat)
    January 1, 1970
    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 actually enjoyed the story because of its overall chilly and retro vibe. I admit that there were still some questions I had left unanswered but I liked the graphic novel in its entirety.**Huge thanks to the publish 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 actually enjoyed the story because of its overall chilly and retro vibe. I admit that there were still some questions I had left unanswered but I liked the graphic novel in its entirety.**Huge thanks to the publisher for providing an access to this title in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. For this review and more, visit my book blog.
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  • Adam Stone
    January 1, 1970
    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 means.I recommend this to any American reader interested in manga but terrified they won't be able to figure it out, fans of spooky kids stories that you would only allow Certain Children to read, people who wish L 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 means.I recommend this to any American reader interested in manga but terrified they won't be able to figure it out, fans of spooky kids stories that you would only allow Certain Children to read, people who wish Law & Order episodes were comprised entirely of the opening scenes, and weird kids.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    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 sinister than it appears. Two children playing in the playground encounter a being, potentially a ghost or other supernatural being, who begins unlocking the secrets of the playground. Typically, I do not get into graphic n 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 sinister than it appears. Two children playing in the playground encounter a being, potentially a ghost or other supernatural being, who begins unlocking the secrets of the playground. Typically, I do not get into graphic novels like this one. However, I can appreciate the design and plot. The illustrations were beautiful. The plot was unique, though it did have traditional manga/Japanese vibes.
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  • Etinosa
    January 1, 1970
    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 following them and seeing if they would solve the mystery. The ending was shocking and had me reading the book all over the end to see if i missed anything. It entertains you and leaves you wondering what happened wh 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 following them and seeing if they would solve the mystery. The ending was shocking and had me reading the book all over the end to see if i missed anything. It entertains you and leaves you wondering what happened when you are done.
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  • Angela Evans
    January 1, 1970
    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 so the idea of a haunted playground could be fleshed out more. All in all it was a nice, brief read with a neat art style.
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  • Kristin
    January 1, 1970
    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 characters to understand or care.
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  • Gillian Dawson
    January 1, 1970
    3.5
  • Michael Knolla
    January 1, 1970
    There are some very interesting ideas in this work but for me the various pieces the story is built from never fully fit together.
  • Rheetha Lawlor
    January 1, 1970
    Provided by NetGalleyAs a young girl and boy work parallel yet unknowingly with a missing persons detective, they realize that their detective work to save a young boy is not of the CSI route, but more of a spiritual realm. A haunted playground makes young people turn geriatric, fears are realized in the sandbox, and thoughts are heard on the swings. As two young children try to figure out how to free the "boy in the mask", the detective is frustrated with unsolved missing children crimes. In a Provided by NetGalleyAs a young girl and boy work parallel yet unknowingly with a missing persons detective, they realize that their detective work to save a young boy is not of the CSI route, but more of a spiritual realm. A haunted playground makes young people turn geriatric, fears are realized in the sandbox, and thoughts are heard on the swings. As two young children try to figure out how to free the "boy in the mask", the detective is frustrated with unsolved missing children crimes. In a very poignant way, Antoine Revay portrays the thoughts and perspectives of all characters vividly and creatively. Each stroke is purposely created to give the reader the ability to feel as though he is in the frames with the characters. This book will definitely be on our hold list at our library!
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  • Rosemary
    January 1, 1970
    This is a creepy ghost tale/mystery surrounding a ghost destined to haunt a playground. Schoolmates Hisao and Sayrui meet Toothless, a ghost who tells them that the playground is magic: the swings let you look into people's dreams; the sandbox brings your worst fears to life, and the slide has the power to give or take years from your life, depending on the direction you go. When another friend goes down the slide, rapidly ages, and develops dementia, the two friends must save him - and to do th This is a creepy ghost tale/mystery surrounding a ghost destined to haunt a playground. Schoolmates Hisao and Sayrui meet Toothless, a ghost who tells them that the playground is magic: the swings let you look into people's dreams; the sandbox brings your worst fears to life, and the slide has the power to give or take years from your life, depending on the direction you go. When another friend goes down the slide, rapidly ages, and develops dementia, the two friends must save him - and to do that, they must discover who Toothless really is, and how he came to haunt the playground.Heavily influenced by Japanese and French comics, this black-and-white graphic novel is eerie and unsettling; a strong noir story with ghostly elements woven throughout to create a story that will stay with readers.
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