19th Manga Division Jury Selections
HANAWA Kazuichi [Japan]
This collection of horror short stories explores variations of pathos, such as anger, hatred, and jealousy, we possess in our attachment for life. A hereditary bridal kimono is possessed by a spirit in Konpaku (Soul). A bug in Misogimushi (Purification bug) purifies itself to be reborn as a human. In Tatari (Curse), a mother who lost her child seeks consolation from a nun. These various strange and awe-inspiring stories, ambiguously a ghost story and fantasy, explore our spiritual salvation from avarice.