Velveteen & Mandala by Jiro Matsumoto Online

Velveteen & Mandala
Title : Velveteen & Mandala
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ISBN : 9781935654308
Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 344

The world of Velveteen & Mandara is a dystopia. Tokyo where the youth used to waste their time search for answers, is now barren. For a pair of teens who still live along the outskirts of town, Velveteen and Mandala, Tokyo is a nightmare that can only compare to the nightmare that is slowly tring to take over the metropolis. These two teens are the last line of defenceThe world of Velveteen & Mandara is a dystopia. Tokyo where the youth used to waste their time search for answers, is now barren. For a pair of teens who still live along the outskirts of town, Velveteen and Mandala, Tokyo is a nightmare that can only compare to the nightmare that is slowly tring to take over the metropolis. These two teens are the last line of defence for a nation in ruins. Armed with a fully-operational tank the pair must fight off the zombie hordes while they catfight each other for food, entertainment and maybe even the affection and attention of the opposite sex. They have nothing to lose in this world except their humanity, but then again who are the zombies in this world? Are they the undead or are these two teens who must live among them even still human?


Velveteen & Mandala Reviews

  • Sean O'Hara

    Kudos to Vertical for publishing this. While most of the companies that publish manga in the US pick mainstream action and slice-of-life titles, usually series that have an anime adaptation, Vertical opts for more out-there material. And this is as out-there as you can get without a trip to Omicron Ceti. Really, this is R. Crumb territory. If there was ever a movie adaptation, John Waters would have to direct.The story is set in a world on the cusp between apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic. It ma [...]

  • Zachary Rawlins

    Vertical remains an awesome publisher. This book I'm not really sure how to feel. At first, I thought I hated the art. By the end of the book, I thought it was perfect for the subject matter. I'm not sure that I really understood the setting or the world, maybe because I missed it, maybe because the author felt it was unimportant. Either way, it was the relationship between the two main characters that really drove the book for me. I found it disturbing, sad, gross, and oddly compelling. I've re [...]

  • Ahmed Alnaqbi

    I don't knew what I just read

  • Sebastian Grayson

    I just finished this book and I don't really know what to think about it. It was good but a lot of weird stuff happened and some stuff that happened I didn't understand. I did enjoy the art style of this manga as it really suited the story and complimented it, I also liked two main characters and their interactions with each other was what really drove this story for me. The plot of the story felt missing and the world wasn't really built and felt incomplete. Overall I did enjoy this book and th [...]

  • Ulrich

    Intentionally confusing, but the feel and the imagery really stayed with me.It is, at times, terribly gross. There are a lot of panels that show their bodies gratuitously. I found the characters very relatable and even likable. It was compelling, I wanted to know more about this strange world and what would happen next. The jarring flash-forwards fit in perfectly, the body horror wasn't overwhelming. I did feel like "the author must be a huge pervert" but at least he was able to make it into art [...]

  • Ed Blake

    Also known as "Becchin to Mandara".I found this to be very moving.

  • Ape

    Having just read this, I'm not entirely sure what exactly was going on. I bought this because I'd heard it was about the zombie apocalypse, and two girls surviving out on the edges of Tokyo. But I don't even know if that was the case, because both girls had serious mental issues, were abused and taking medication, so how much of this was even in their heads?Velveteen lives in a tank in this parkland area on the edge of Tokyo and Mandala not sure where she lives. Anyway, they're chums of a descri [...]

  • Francine

    3 or 4 starsI never know how to feel reading this manga, so it's hard to rate. It's coarse and strange and experimental and adult, in both meanings of the word. As in, there is a pretty graphic rape scene. Plus a scene in which the main character (view spoiler)[shits and pukes at the same time (hide spoiler)] due to food poisoning (they weren't lying about the scatology bit on the back cover). These images don't last long, maybe one or two panels, but they stay with you, making this hard to reco [...]

  • Kaylie

    Disturbing at times, and I don't like how quite a few manga keep claiming (in the summaries) to be "the next Miyazaki"just be yourself and just let your art and story be you and be individual.but yet the same timeis was very beautiful and, not to be vulgar, a mind-fuck. But I mean that in the best way possible. I checked this book out from my local library, and I plan on someday buying my own copy.

  • Russell Grant

    I'm not going to pretend to fully understand all that was happening in this book. It felt like a delusion, but I don't think it was. I really enjoyed it though. Great, weird manga that is disturbing and fun. TAPE RECORDER!

  • Riar

    Jiro Matsumoto took dystopian issue on manga into another level and blended all together with schizophrenic characters, experimental and sometimes absurd paneling, sexual grittiness, and absolute nihilism. For the fans of fucked up stuff.

  • Candice M (tinylibrarian)

    Reviewing forBooklist

  • Lord

    Two weird girls with weird relationship in a weird world doing weird things in a really weird manga.

  • Patricia

    I didn't get it. And I didn't like it. I would love to hear from someone who liked it a lot because I want to know what the appeal is.

  • Elsa

    What an odd story. There's a lot of prurient stuff in here (lots of it involving poop) that adds nothing to what could have been a much better story.

  • Anaika

    2.5 stars

  • Emily

    Could have been quite a bit better. Little is explained about this world. More concentration is given to Velveteen's bodily functions than the plot.

  • Elias Ivan

    Lets just say this book taught me what the word scat meant. Not that bad just didn't make much sense and the twist ending felt cheap.