ANIMUS

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, f The residents of a quiet Kyoto neighborhood have slowly come to realize that inauspicious, paranormal forces are ...

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Title:ANIMUS
Author:Antoine Revoy
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Genres:Sequential Art
ISBN:The Playground
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:224 pages pages

ANIMUS Reviews

  • David Schaafsma
    Jul 22, 2018

    Animus is the YA creation of Antoine Revoy, who grew up in Paris and Tokyo, loving comics from east and west. What we know is that Japan has an elaborate system of yokai (monsters, supernatural creatures), and this ghost story fits that manga category, but it also features realistic dr...

  • Jenn Marshall
    Aug 05, 2018

    Animus is the YA creation of Antoine Revoy, who grew up in Paris and Tokyo, loving comics from east and west. What we know is that Japan has an elaborate system of yokai (monsters, supernatural creatures), and this ghost story fits that manga category, but it also features realistic dr...

    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 ver...

    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. ...

    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... Thank you to FirstSecond and Raincoast Books for sending me a copy in exchange for my honest opinion. In a small town in Japan, a haunted playground sits. Two children,...

    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 t...

    This graphic novel was so different from most books I had read before. It?s a dark tale about a haunted playground with strange pasts and parts that are alive. The story started with a couple trying to find their missing son. The police had more missing kids posters with unsolved c...

    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...

    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 ac...

    A haunted playground in Kyoto, Japan seems to hold the key to the mystery of missing schoolchildren. Sayuri and Hisao, themselves children, follow the clues they discover to find their missing classmates and to hopefully return "Toothless," the boy haunting the playground, back to wher...

    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. ...

    If you like the tv show stranger things, you should read this. The artist can draw anything! He really succeeded at created a full rich setting. Love the unique character designs. Very good story telling. I loved the solution to the mystery, and the ending. The main characters could ha...

    This was so good. I love how creepy the story was. It is about a playground that is not your normal playground. Some kids are trying to solve the mystery of a strange boy and the playground. At the same time theres a missing boy. It's interesting and I love the art work. ...

  • Myron Brown
    Jun 19, 2018

    Animus is the YA creation of Antoine Revoy, who grew up in Paris and Tokyo, loving comics from east and west. What we know is that Japan has an elaborate system of yokai (monsters, supernatural creatures), and this ghost story fits that manga category, but it also features realistic dr...

    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 ver...

    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. ...

    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... Thank you to FirstSecond and Raincoast Books for sending me a copy in exchange for my honest opinion. In a small town in Japan, a haunted playground sits. Two children,...

    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 t...

    This graphic novel was so different from most books I had read before. It?s a dark tale about a haunted playground with strange pasts and parts that are alive. The story started with a couple trying to find their missing son. The police had more missing kids posters with unsolved c...

    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...

    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 ac...

    A haunted playground in Kyoto, Japan seems to hold the key to the mystery of missing schoolchildren. Sayuri and Hisao, themselves children, follow the clues they discover to find their missing classmates and to hopefully return "Toothless," the boy haunting the playground, back to wher...

    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. ...

    If you like the tv show stranger things, you should read this. The artist can draw anything! He really succeeded at created a full rich setting. Love the unique character designs. Very good story telling. I loved the solution to the mystery, and the ending. The main characters could ha...

    This was so good. I love how creepy the story was. It is about a playground that is not your normal playground. Some kids are trying to solve the mystery of a strange boy and the playground. At the same time theres a missing boy. It's interesting and I love the art work. ...

    I really loved this. And like many people, I was a little confused over the ending. I understood some of it, since I read a lot of manga and think I have a better understanding of Japanese culture than a typical american comic reader. I grasped the Tsukumogami aspect, but I just don't ...

    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 Netgall...

    A well drawn, well paced ghost story where two kids try to help a stranded soul be freed from the magical playground. Creepy and poignant, the story is aptly left open to interpretation in the end. There are several plots twists, but the one in the end is probably the most surprising. ...

    Amazing. Just amazing ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    I have to admit, I purchased this on a whim because of the artwork on the front and back cover and the ominous warning to "STAY OUT OF THAT PLAYGROUND"; the masked boy and the moths in the eerie blue palette, it was as if it was daring someone to read it. Plus, I'm automatically drawn ...

    I started reading this wonderful graphic novel and I was so hooked that I finished it in one day. It left me thinking for sure! I love the art style and the narrative was both creepy and beautiful all at the same time. I give it a 4.5/5 stars only because the ending left too much unsai...

    This is one of the best ghost stories I've ever read. The simple yet creepy manga art style reads a bit like a movie storyboard which isn't a bad thing. I really love how the characters have a slight fantasy look to them like Sayuri's elf ears. Toothless mask reminded me a bit of M...

    Kids are disappearing throughout Kyoto. Two middle school students encounter a mysterious kid named "Toothless" at the playground who could explain the mysterious happenings tied to the disappearances. The strength of the book is the investigation done by the two kids. Things are not w...

  • Lauren
    Jul 09, 2018

    Animus is the YA creation of Antoine Revoy, who grew up in Paris and Tokyo, loving comics from east and west. What we know is that Japan has an elaborate system of yokai (monsters, supernatural creatures), and this ghost story fits that manga category, but it also features realistic dr...

    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 ver...

    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. ...

    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... Thank you to FirstSecond and Raincoast Books for sending me a copy in exchange for my honest opinion. In a small town in Japan, a haunted playground sits. Two children,...

    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 t...

    This graphic novel was so different from most books I had read before. It?s a dark tale about a haunted playground with strange pasts and parts that are alive. The story started with a couple trying to find their missing son. The police had more missing kids posters with unsolved c...

    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...

    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 ac...

    A haunted playground in Kyoto, Japan seems to hold the key to the mystery of missing schoolchildren. Sayuri and Hisao, themselves children, follow the clues they discover to find their missing classmates and to hopefully return "Toothless," the boy haunting the playground, back to wher...

    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. ...

    If you like the tv show stranger things, you should read this. The artist can draw anything! He really succeeded at created a full rich setting. Love the unique character designs. Very good story telling. I loved the solution to the mystery, and the ending. The main characters could ha...

    This was so good. I love how creepy the story was. It is about a playground that is not your normal playground. Some kids are trying to solve the mystery of a strange boy and the playground. At the same time theres a missing boy. It's interesting and I love the art work. ...

    I really loved this. And like many people, I was a little confused over the ending. I understood some of it, since I read a lot of manga and think I have a better understanding of Japanese culture than a typical american comic reader. I grasped the Tsukumogami aspect, but I just don't ...

    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 Netgall...

    A well drawn, well paced ghost story where two kids try to help a stranded soul be freed from the magical playground. Creepy and poignant, the story is aptly left open to interpretation in the end. There are several plots twists, but the one in the end is probably the most surprising. ...

    Amazing. Just amazing ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    I have to admit, I purchased this on a whim because of the artwork on the front and back cover and the ominous warning to "STAY OUT OF THAT PLAYGROUND"; the masked boy and the moths in the eerie blue palette, it was as if it was daring someone to read it. Plus, I'm automatically drawn ...

    I started reading this wonderful graphic novel and I was so hooked that I finished it in one day. It left me thinking for sure! I love the art style and the narrative was both creepy and beautiful all at the same time. I give it a 4.5/5 stars only because the ending left too much unsai...

    This is one of the best ghost stories I've ever read. The simple yet creepy manga art style reads a bit like a movie storyboard which isn't a bad thing. I really love how the characters have a slight fantasy look to them like Sayuri's elf ears. Toothless mask reminded me a bit of M...

    Kids are disappearing throughout Kyoto. Two middle school students encounter a mysterious kid named "Toothless" at the playground who could explain the mysterious happenings tied to the disappearances. The strength of the book is the investigation done by the two kids. Things are not w...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    I really liked this book...right up until the very ending. And then I was very confused, and it really left me feeling like I had no idea what had just happened. The illustrations are beautiful and the story lovely, but the ending really ruined it for me. ...

    There?s a strange playground tucked away in a quiet neighborhood. The swings see into dreams and the concrete animals hear all within the park. When they accidentally stay past sundown, friends Hisao and Sayuri meet the park?s resident ghost. He knows all about the magic of the pla...

  • Blue
    Jun 19, 2018

    Animus is the YA creation of Antoine Revoy, who grew up in Paris and Tokyo, loving comics from east and west. What we know is that Japan has an elaborate system of yokai (monsters, supernatural creatures), and this ghost story fits that manga category, but it also features realistic dr...

    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 ver...

    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. ...

    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... Thank you to FirstSecond and Raincoast Books for sending me a copy in exchange for my honest opinion. In a small town in Japan, a haunted playground sits. Two children,...

    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 t...

    This graphic novel was so different from most books I had read before. It?s a dark tale about a haunted playground with strange pasts and parts that are alive. The story started with a couple trying to find their missing son. The police had more missing kids posters with unsolved c...

    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...

    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 ac...

    A haunted playground in Kyoto, Japan seems to hold the key to the mystery of missing schoolchildren. Sayuri and Hisao, themselves children, follow the clues they discover to find their missing classmates and to hopefully return "Toothless," the boy haunting the playground, back to wher...

    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. ...

    If you like the tv show stranger things, you should read this. The artist can draw anything! He really succeeded at created a full rich setting. Love the unique character designs. Very good story telling. I loved the solution to the mystery, and the ending. The main characters could ha...

    This was so good. I love how creepy the story was. It is about a playground that is not your normal playground. Some kids are trying to solve the mystery of a strange boy and the playground. At the same time theres a missing boy. It's interesting and I love the art work. ...

    I really loved this. And like many people, I was a little confused over the ending. I understood some of it, since I read a lot of manga and think I have a better understanding of Japanese culture than a typical american comic reader. I grasped the Tsukumogami aspect, but I just don't ...

    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 Netgall...

    A well drawn, well paced ghost story where two kids try to help a stranded soul be freed from the magical playground. Creepy and poignant, the story is aptly left open to interpretation in the end. There are several plots twists, but the one in the end is probably the most surprising. ...

  • Stephanie Cooke
    May 22, 2018

    Animus is the YA creation of Antoine Revoy, who grew up in Paris and Tokyo, loving comics from east and west. What we know is that Japan has an elaborate system of yokai (monsters, supernatural creatures), and this ghost story fits that manga category, but it also features realistic dr...

    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 ver...

    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. ...

  • Claire (bookscoffeeandrepeat)
    May 07, 2018

    Animus is the YA creation of Antoine Revoy, who grew up in Paris and Tokyo, loving comics from east and west. What we know is that Japan has an elaborate system of yokai (monsters, supernatural creatures), and this ghost story fits that manga category, but it also features realistic dr...

    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 ver...

    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. ...

    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... Thank you to FirstSecond and Raincoast Books for sending me a copy in exchange for my honest opinion. In a small town in Japan, a haunted playground sits. Two children,...

    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 t...

    This graphic novel was so different from most books I had read before. It?s a dark tale about a haunted playground with strange pasts and parts that are alive. The story started with a couple trying to find their missing son. The police had more missing kids posters with unsolved c...

    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...

    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 ac...

    A haunted playground in Kyoto, Japan seems to hold the key to the mystery of missing schoolchildren. Sayuri and Hisao, themselves children, follow the clues they discover to find their missing classmates and to hopefully return "Toothless," the boy haunting the playground, back to wher...

    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. ...

    If you like the tv show stranger things, you should read this. The artist can draw anything! He really succeeded at created a full rich setting. Love the unique character designs. Very good story telling. I loved the solution to the mystery, and the ending. The main characters could ha...

    This was so good. I love how creepy the story was. It is about a playground that is not your normal playground. Some kids are trying to solve the mystery of a strange boy and the playground. At the same time theres a missing boy. It's interesting and I love the art work. ...

    I really loved this. And like many people, I was a little confused over the ending. I understood some of it, since I read a lot of manga and think I have a better understanding of Japanese culture than a typical american comic reader. I grasped the Tsukumogami aspect, but I just don't ...

    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 Netgall...

    A well drawn, well paced ghost story where two kids try to help a stranded soul be freed from the magical playground. Creepy and poignant, the story is aptly left open to interpretation in the end. There are several plots twists, but the one in the end is probably the most surprising. ...

    Amazing. Just amazing ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    I have to admit, I purchased this on a whim because of the artwork on the front and back cover and the ominous warning to "STAY OUT OF THAT PLAYGROUND"; the masked boy and the moths in the eerie blue palette, it was as if it was daring someone to read it. Plus, I'm automatically drawn ...

    I started reading this wonderful graphic novel and I was so hooked that I finished it in one day. It left me thinking for sure! I love the art style and the narrative was both creepy and beautiful all at the same time. I give it a 4.5/5 stars only because the ending left too much unsai...

    This is one of the best ghost stories I've ever read. The simple yet creepy manga art style reads a bit like a movie storyboard which isn't a bad thing. I really love how the characters have a slight fantasy look to them like Sayuri's elf ears. Toothless mask reminded me a bit of M...

    Kids are disappearing throughout Kyoto. Two middle school students encounter a mysterious kid named "Toothless" at the playground who could explain the mysterious happenings tied to the disappearances. The strength of the book is the investigation done by the two kids. Things are not w...

    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 ...

  • Victoria
    Feb 28, 2018

    Animus is the YA creation of Antoine Revoy, who grew up in Paris and Tokyo, loving comics from east and west. What we know is that Japan has an elaborate system of yokai (monsters, supernatural creatures), and this ghost story fits that manga category, but it also features realistic dr...

    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 ver...

  • Melissa
    Sep 01, 2018

    Animus is the YA creation of Antoine Revoy, who grew up in Paris and Tokyo, loving comics from east and west. What we know is that Japan has an elaborate system of yokai (monsters, supernatural creatures), and this ghost story fits that manga category, but it also features realistic dr...

    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 ver...

    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. ...

    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... Thank you to FirstSecond and Raincoast Books for sending me a copy in exchange for my honest opinion. In a small town in Japan, a haunted playground sits. Two children,...

    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 t...

    This graphic novel was so different from most books I had read before. It?s a dark tale about a haunted playground with strange pasts and parts that are alive. The story started with a couple trying to find their missing son. The police had more missing kids posters with unsolved c...

    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...

    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 ac...

    A haunted playground in Kyoto, Japan seems to hold the key to the mystery of missing schoolchildren. Sayuri and Hisao, themselves children, follow the clues they discover to find their missing classmates and to hopefully return "Toothless," the boy haunting the playground, back to wher...

    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. ...

    If you like the tv show stranger things, you should read this. The artist can draw anything! He really succeeded at created a full rich setting. Love the unique character designs. Very good story telling. I loved the solution to the mystery, and the ending. The main characters could ha...

    This was so good. I love how creepy the story was. It is about a playground that is not your normal playground. Some kids are trying to solve the mystery of a strange boy and the playground. At the same time theres a missing boy. It's interesting and I love the art work. ...

    I really loved this. And like many people, I was a little confused over the ending. I understood some of it, since I read a lot of manga and think I have a better understanding of Japanese culture than a typical american comic reader. I grasped the Tsukumogami aspect, but I just don't ...

    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 Netgall...

    A well drawn, well paced ghost story where two kids try to help a stranded soul be freed from the magical playground. Creepy and poignant, the story is aptly left open to interpretation in the end. There are several plots twists, but the one in the end is probably the most surprising. ...

    Amazing. Just amazing ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    I have to admit, I purchased this on a whim because of the artwork on the front and back cover and the ominous warning to "STAY OUT OF THAT PLAYGROUND"; the masked boy and the moths in the eerie blue palette, it was as if it was daring someone to read it. Plus, I'm automatically drawn ...

    I started reading this wonderful graphic novel and I was so hooked that I finished it in one day. It left me thinking for sure! I love the art style and the narrative was both creepy and beautiful all at the same time. I give it a 4.5/5 stars only because the ending left too much unsai...

    This is one of the best ghost stories I've ever read. The simple yet creepy manga art style reads a bit like a movie storyboard which isn't a bad thing. I really love how the characters have a slight fantasy look to them like Sayuri's elf ears. Toothless mask reminded me a bit of M...

    Kids are disappearing throughout Kyoto. Two middle school students encounter a mysterious kid named "Toothless" at the playground who could explain the mysterious happenings tied to the disappearances. The strength of the book is the investigation done by the two kids. Things are not w...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    I really liked this book...right up until the very ending. And then I was very confused, and it really left me feeling like I had no idea what had just happened. The illustrations are beautiful and the story lovely, but the ending really ruined it for me. ...

    There?s a strange playground tucked away in a quiet neighborhood. The swings see into dreams and the concrete animals hear all within the park. When they accidentally stay past sundown, friends Hisao and Sayuri meet the park?s resident ghost. He knows all about the magic of the pla...

    Two friends, Hisao and Sayuri, find a small playground tucked away in a quiet neighborhood in Japan. While playing there, they meet a masked ghost who calls himself Toothless. Toothless is unable to move on, not sure where his body lies, and spends his days warning kids away from the d...

    Ehhh... It sure was... something. The local playground has dark secrets that have entrapped children for years. Two friends meet a spirit who knows these secrets and asks for help in escaping to another realm in exchange for revealing his knowledge. As the friends' investigation goe...

  • Paige
    Mar 01, 2018

    Animus is the YA creation of Antoine Revoy, who grew up in Paris and Tokyo, loving comics from east and west. What we know is that Japan has an elaborate system of yokai (monsters, supernatural creatures), and this ghost story fits that manga category, but it also features realistic dr...

    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 ver...

    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. ...

    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... Thank you to FirstSecond and Raincoast Books for sending me a copy in exchange for my honest opinion. In a small town in Japan, a haunted playground sits. Two children,...

    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 t...

    This graphic novel was so different from most books I had read before. It?s a dark tale about a haunted playground with strange pasts and parts that are alive. The story started with a couple trying to find their missing son. The police had more missing kids posters with unsolved c...

    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...

    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 ac...

    A haunted playground in Kyoto, Japan seems to hold the key to the mystery of missing schoolchildren. Sayuri and Hisao, themselves children, follow the clues they discover to find their missing classmates and to hopefully return "Toothless," the boy haunting the playground, back to wher...

    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. ...

    If you like the tv show stranger things, you should read this. The artist can draw anything! He really succeeded at created a full rich setting. Love the unique character designs. Very good story telling. I loved the solution to the mystery, and the ending. The main characters could ha...

    This was so good. I love how creepy the story was. It is about a playground that is not your normal playground. Some kids are trying to solve the mystery of a strange boy and the playground. At the same time theres a missing boy. It's interesting and I love the art work. ...

    I really loved this. And like many people, I was a little confused over the ending. I understood some of it, since I read a lot of manga and think I have a better understanding of Japanese culture than a typical american comic reader. I grasped the Tsukumogami aspect, but I just don't ...

    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 Netgall...

    A well drawn, well paced ghost story where two kids try to help a stranded soul be freed from the magical playground. Creepy and poignant, the story is aptly left open to interpretation in the end. There are several plots twists, but the one in the end is probably the most surprising. ...

    Amazing. Just amazing ...

    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. ...

  • Grace
    Nov 09, 2017

    Animus is the YA creation of Antoine Revoy, who grew up in Paris and Tokyo, loving comics from east and west. What we know is that Japan has an elaborate system of yokai (monsters, supernatural creatures), and this ghost story fits that manga category, but it also features realistic dr...

    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 ver...

    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. ...

    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... Thank you to FirstSecond and Raincoast Books for sending me a copy in exchange for my honest opinion. In a small town in Japan, a haunted playground sits. Two children,...

    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 t...

    This graphic novel was so different from most books I had read before. It?s a dark tale about a haunted playground with strange pasts and parts that are alive. The story started with a couple trying to find their missing son. The police had more missing kids posters with unsolved c...

    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...

    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 ac...

    A haunted playground in Kyoto, Japan seems to hold the key to the mystery of missing schoolchildren. Sayuri and Hisao, themselves children, follow the clues they discover to find their missing classmates and to hopefully return "Toothless," the boy haunting the playground, back to wher...

    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. ...

    If you like the tv show stranger things, you should read this. The artist can draw anything! He really succeeded at created a full rich setting. Love the unique character designs. Very good story telling. I loved the solution to the mystery, and the ending. The main characters could ha...

    This was so good. I love how creepy the story was. It is about a playground that is not your normal playground. Some kids are trying to solve the mystery of a strange boy and the playground. At the same time theres a missing boy. It's interesting and I love the art work. ...

    I really loved this. And like many people, I was a little confused over the ending. I understood some of it, since I read a lot of manga and think I have a better understanding of Japanese culture than a typical american comic reader. I grasped the Tsukumogami aspect, but I just don't ...

    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 Netgall...

  • Gaby
    Apr 30, 2018

    Animus is the YA creation of Antoine Revoy, who grew up in Paris and Tokyo, loving comics from east and west. What we know is that Japan has an elaborate system of yokai (monsters, supernatural creatures), and this ghost story fits that manga category, but it also features realistic dr...

    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 ver...

    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. ...

    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... Thank you to FirstSecond and Raincoast Books for sending me a copy in exchange for my honest opinion. In a small town in Japan, a haunted playground sits. Two children,...

    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 t...

    This graphic novel was so different from most books I had read before. It?s a dark tale about a haunted playground with strange pasts and parts that are alive. The story started with a couple trying to find their missing son. The police had more missing kids posters with unsolved c...

    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...

    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 ac...

    A haunted playground in Kyoto, Japan seems to hold the key to the mystery of missing schoolchildren. Sayuri and Hisao, themselves children, follow the clues they discover to find their missing classmates and to hopefully return "Toothless," the boy haunting the playground, back to wher...

    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. ...

    If you like the tv show stranger things, you should read this. The artist can draw anything! He really succeeded at created a full rich setting. Love the unique character designs. Very good story telling. I loved the solution to the mystery, and the ending. The main characters could ha...

    This was so good. I love how creepy the story was. It is about a playground that is not your normal playground. Some kids are trying to solve the mystery of a strange boy and the playground. At the same time theres a missing boy. It's interesting and I love the art work. ...

    I really loved this. And like many people, I was a little confused over the ending. I understood some of it, since I read a lot of manga and think I have a better understanding of Japanese culture than a typical american comic reader. I grasped the Tsukumogami aspect, but I just don't ...

    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 Netgall...

    A well drawn, well paced ghost story where two kids try to help a stranded soul be freed from the magical playground. Creepy and poignant, the story is aptly left open to interpretation in the end. There are several plots twists, but the one in the end is probably the most surprising. ...

    Amazing. Just amazing ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

  • Rachel
    Jul 07, 2018

    Animus is the YA creation of Antoine Revoy, who grew up in Paris and Tokyo, loving comics from east and west. What we know is that Japan has an elaborate system of yokai (monsters, supernatural creatures), and this ghost story fits that manga category, but it also features realistic dr...

    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 ver...

    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. ...

    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... Thank you to FirstSecond and Raincoast Books for sending me a copy in exchange for my honest opinion. In a small town in Japan, a haunted playground sits. Two children,...

    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 t...

    This graphic novel was so different from most books I had read before. It?s a dark tale about a haunted playground with strange pasts and parts that are alive. The story started with a couple trying to find their missing son. The police had more missing kids posters with unsolved c...

    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...

    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 ac...

    A haunted playground in Kyoto, Japan seems to hold the key to the mystery of missing schoolchildren. Sayuri and Hisao, themselves children, follow the clues they discover to find their missing classmates and to hopefully return "Toothless," the boy haunting the playground, back to wher...

    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. ...

    If you like the tv show stranger things, you should read this. The artist can draw anything! He really succeeded at created a full rich setting. Love the unique character designs. Very good story telling. I loved the solution to the mystery, and the ending. The main characters could ha...

    This was so good. I love how creepy the story was. It is about a playground that is not your normal playground. Some kids are trying to solve the mystery of a strange boy and the playground. At the same time theres a missing boy. It's interesting and I love the art work. ...

    I really loved this. And like many people, I was a little confused over the ending. I understood some of it, since I read a lot of manga and think I have a better understanding of Japanese culture than a typical american comic reader. I grasped the Tsukumogami aspect, but I just don't ...

    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 Netgall...

    A well drawn, well paced ghost story where two kids try to help a stranded soul be freed from the magical playground. Creepy and poignant, the story is aptly left open to interpretation in the end. There are several plots twists, but the one in the end is probably the most surprising. ...

    Amazing. Just amazing ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    I have to admit, I purchased this on a whim because of the artwork on the front and back cover and the ominous warning to "STAY OUT OF THAT PLAYGROUND"; the masked boy and the moths in the eerie blue palette, it was as if it was daring someone to read it. Plus, I'm automatically drawn ...

    I started reading this wonderful graphic novel and I was so hooked that I finished it in one day. It left me thinking for sure! I love the art style and the narrative was both creepy and beautiful all at the same time. I give it a 4.5/5 stars only because the ending left too much unsai...

  • Ryan Fohl
    Sep 02, 2018

    Animus is the YA creation of Antoine Revoy, who grew up in Paris and Tokyo, loving comics from east and west. What we know is that Japan has an elaborate system of yokai (monsters, supernatural creatures), and this ghost story fits that manga category, but it also features realistic dr...

    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 ver...

    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. ...

    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... Thank you to FirstSecond and Raincoast Books for sending me a copy in exchange for my honest opinion. In a small town in Japan, a haunted playground sits. Two children,...

    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 t...

    This graphic novel was so different from most books I had read before. It?s a dark tale about a haunted playground with strange pasts and parts that are alive. The story started with a couple trying to find their missing son. The police had more missing kids posters with unsolved c...

    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...

    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 ac...

    A haunted playground in Kyoto, Japan seems to hold the key to the mystery of missing schoolchildren. Sayuri and Hisao, themselves children, follow the clues they discover to find their missing classmates and to hopefully return "Toothless," the boy haunting the playground, back to wher...

    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. ...

    If you like the tv show stranger things, you should read this. The artist can draw anything! He really succeeded at created a full rich setting. Love the unique character designs. Very good story telling. I loved the solution to the mystery, and the ending. The main characters could ha...

  • Mary
    Jun 11, 2018

    Animus is the YA creation of Antoine Revoy, who grew up in Paris and Tokyo, loving comics from east and west. What we know is that Japan has an elaborate system of yokai (monsters, supernatural creatures), and this ghost story fits that manga category, but it also features realistic dr...

    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 ver...

    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. ...

    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... Thank you to FirstSecond and Raincoast Books for sending me a copy in exchange for my honest opinion. In a small town in Japan, a haunted playground sits. Two children,...

    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 t...

    This graphic novel was so different from most books I had read before. It?s a dark tale about a haunted playground with strange pasts and parts that are alive. The story started with a couple trying to find their missing son. The police had more missing kids posters with unsolved c...

    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...

    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 ac...

    A haunted playground in Kyoto, Japan seems to hold the key to the mystery of missing schoolchildren. Sayuri and Hisao, themselves children, follow the clues they discover to find their missing classmates and to hopefully return "Toothless," the boy haunting the playground, back to wher...

    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. ...

    If you like the tv show stranger things, you should read this. The artist can draw anything! He really succeeded at created a full rich setting. Love the unique character designs. Very good story telling. I loved the solution to the mystery, and the ending. The main characters could ha...

    This was so good. I love how creepy the story was. It is about a playground that is not your normal playground. Some kids are trying to solve the mystery of a strange boy and the playground. At the same time theres a missing boy. It's interesting and I love the art work. ...

    I really loved this. And like many people, I was a little confused over the ending. I understood some of it, since I read a lot of manga and think I have a better understanding of Japanese culture than a typical american comic reader. I grasped the Tsukumogami aspect, but I just don't ...

    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 Netgall...

    A well drawn, well paced ghost story where two kids try to help a stranded soul be freed from the magical playground. Creepy and poignant, the story is aptly left open to interpretation in the end. There are several plots twists, but the one in the end is probably the most surprising. ...

    Amazing. Just amazing ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    I have to admit, I purchased this on a whim because of the artwork on the front and back cover and the ominous warning to "STAY OUT OF THAT PLAYGROUND"; the masked boy and the moths in the eerie blue palette, it was as if it was daring someone to read it. Plus, I'm automatically drawn ...

    I started reading this wonderful graphic novel and I was so hooked that I finished it in one day. It left me thinking for sure! I love the art style and the narrative was both creepy and beautiful all at the same time. I give it a 4.5/5 stars only because the ending left too much unsai...

    This is one of the best ghost stories I've ever read. The simple yet creepy manga art style reads a bit like a movie storyboard which isn't a bad thing. I really love how the characters have a slight fantasy look to them like Sayuri's elf ears. Toothless mask reminded me a bit of M...

    Kids are disappearing throughout Kyoto. Two middle school students encounter a mysterious kid named "Toothless" at the playground who could explain the mysterious happenings tied to the disappearances. The strength of the book is the investigation done by the two kids. Things are not w...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    I really liked this book...right up until the very ending. And then I was very confused, and it really left me feeling like I had no idea what had just happened. The illustrations are beautiful and the story lovely, but the ending really ruined it for me. ...

    There?s a strange playground tucked away in a quiet neighborhood. The swings see into dreams and the concrete animals hear all within the park. When they accidentally stay past sundown, friends Hisao and Sayuri meet the park?s resident ghost. He knows all about the magic of the pla...

    Two friends, Hisao and Sayuri, find a small playground tucked away in a quiet neighborhood in Japan. While playing there, they meet a masked ghost who calls himself Toothless. Toothless is unable to move on, not sure where his body lies, and spends his days warning kids away from the d...

    Ehhh... It sure was... something. The local playground has dark secrets that have entrapped children for years. Two friends meet a spirit who knows these secrets and asks for help in escaping to another realm in exchange for revealing his knowledge. As the friends' investigation goe...

    Fantastic supernatural mystery manga! Great pacing, no gore, and great artwork. I especially liked the two protagonist bit, and the Japanese mythos. It would have gotten five stars, but the ending was weak, if chilling. I'd recommend as young as ten, if they're into horror. ...

    Very well-written and illustrated. Creepy! Not sure of what the ending meant but it doesn?t take away from the enjoyment of the book. ...

  • Kate
    May 15, 2018

    Animus is the YA creation of Antoine Revoy, who grew up in Paris and Tokyo, loving comics from east and west. What we know is that Japan has an elaborate system of yokai (monsters, supernatural creatures), and this ghost story fits that manga category, but it also features realistic dr...

    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 ver...

    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. ...

    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... Thank you to FirstSecond and Raincoast Books for sending me a copy in exchange for my honest opinion. In a small town in Japan, a haunted playground sits. Two children,...

    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 t...

    This graphic novel was so different from most books I had read before. It?s a dark tale about a haunted playground with strange pasts and parts that are alive. The story started with a couple trying to find their missing son. The police had more missing kids posters with unsolved c...

    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...

    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 ac...

    A haunted playground in Kyoto, Japan seems to hold the key to the mystery of missing schoolchildren. Sayuri and Hisao, themselves children, follow the clues they discover to find their missing classmates and to hopefully return "Toothless," the boy haunting the playground, back to wher...

    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. ...

  • Rachel
    Jul 19, 2018

    Animus is the YA creation of Antoine Revoy, who grew up in Paris and Tokyo, loving comics from east and west. What we know is that Japan has an elaborate system of yokai (monsters, supernatural creatures), and this ghost story fits that manga category, but it also features realistic dr...

    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 ver...

    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. ...

    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... Thank you to FirstSecond and Raincoast Books for sending me a copy in exchange for my honest opinion. In a small town in Japan, a haunted playground sits. Two children,...

    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 t...

    This graphic novel was so different from most books I had read before. It?s a dark tale about a haunted playground with strange pasts and parts that are alive. The story started with a couple trying to find their missing son. The police had more missing kids posters with unsolved c...

    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...

    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 ac...

    A haunted playground in Kyoto, Japan seems to hold the key to the mystery of missing schoolchildren. Sayuri and Hisao, themselves children, follow the clues they discover to find their missing classmates and to hopefully return "Toothless," the boy haunting the playground, back to wher...

  • Jay G
    Jun 15, 2018

    Animus is the YA creation of Antoine Revoy, who grew up in Paris and Tokyo, loving comics from east and west. What we know is that Japan has an elaborate system of yokai (monsters, supernatural creatures), and this ghost story fits that manga category, but it also features realistic dr...

    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 ver...

    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. ...

    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... Thank you to FirstSecond and Raincoast Books for sending me a copy in exchange for my honest opinion. In a small town in Japan, a haunted playground sits. Two children,...

  • Cass
    Sep 01, 2018

    Animus is the YA creation of Antoine Revoy, who grew up in Paris and Tokyo, loving comics from east and west. What we know is that Japan has an elaborate system of yokai (monsters, supernatural creatures), and this ghost story fits that manga category, but it also features realistic dr...

    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 ver...

    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. ...

    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... Thank you to FirstSecond and Raincoast Books for sending me a copy in exchange for my honest opinion. In a small town in Japan, a haunted playground sits. Two children,...

    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 t...

    This graphic novel was so different from most books I had read before. It?s a dark tale about a haunted playground with strange pasts and parts that are alive. The story started with a couple trying to find their missing son. The police had more missing kids posters with unsolved c...

    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...

    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 ac...

    A haunted playground in Kyoto, Japan seems to hold the key to the mystery of missing schoolchildren. Sayuri and Hisao, themselves children, follow the clues they discover to find their missing classmates and to hopefully return "Toothless," the boy haunting the playground, back to wher...

    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. ...

    If you like the tv show stranger things, you should read this. The artist can draw anything! He really succeeded at created a full rich setting. Love the unique character designs. Very good story telling. I loved the solution to the mystery, and the ending. The main characters could ha...

    This was so good. I love how creepy the story was. It is about a playground that is not your normal playground. Some kids are trying to solve the mystery of a strange boy and the playground. At the same time theres a missing boy. It's interesting and I love the art work. ...

    I really loved this. And like many people, I was a little confused over the ending. I understood some of it, since I read a lot of manga and think I have a better understanding of Japanese culture than a typical american comic reader. I grasped the Tsukumogami aspect, but I just don't ...

    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 Netgall...

    A well drawn, well paced ghost story where two kids try to help a stranded soul be freed from the magical playground. Creepy and poignant, the story is aptly left open to interpretation in the end. There are several plots twists, but the one in the end is probably the most surprising. ...

    Amazing. Just amazing ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    I have to admit, I purchased this on a whim because of the artwork on the front and back cover and the ominous warning to "STAY OUT OF THAT PLAYGROUND"; the masked boy and the moths in the eerie blue palette, it was as if it was daring someone to read it. Plus, I'm automatically drawn ...

    I started reading this wonderful graphic novel and I was so hooked that I finished it in one day. It left me thinking for sure! I love the art style and the narrative was both creepy and beautiful all at the same time. I give it a 4.5/5 stars only because the ending left too much unsai...

    This is one of the best ghost stories I've ever read. The simple yet creepy manga art style reads a bit like a movie storyboard which isn't a bad thing. I really love how the characters have a slight fantasy look to them like Sayuri's elf ears. Toothless mask reminded me a bit of M...

  • That One Librarian
    Feb 28, 2018

    Animus is the YA creation of Antoine Revoy, who grew up in Paris and Tokyo, loving comics from east and west. What we know is that Japan has an elaborate system of yokai (monsters, supernatural creatures), and this ghost story fits that manga category, but it also features realistic dr...

    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 ver...

    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. ...

    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... Thank you to FirstSecond and Raincoast Books for sending me a copy in exchange for my honest opinion. In a small town in Japan, a haunted playground sits. Two children,...

    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 t...

  • Nicole Westen
    Jul 20, 2018

    Animus is the YA creation of Antoine Revoy, who grew up in Paris and Tokyo, loving comics from east and west. What we know is that Japan has an elaborate system of yokai (monsters, supernatural creatures), and this ghost story fits that manga category, but it also features realistic dr...

    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 ver...

    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. ...

    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... Thank you to FirstSecond and Raincoast Books for sending me a copy in exchange for my honest opinion. In a small town in Japan, a haunted playground sits. Two children,...

    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 t...

    This graphic novel was so different from most books I had read before. It?s a dark tale about a haunted playground with strange pasts and parts that are alive. The story started with a couple trying to find their missing son. The police had more missing kids posters with unsolved c...

    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...

    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 ac...

    A haunted playground in Kyoto, Japan seems to hold the key to the mystery of missing schoolchildren. Sayuri and Hisao, themselves children, follow the clues they discover to find their missing classmates and to hopefully return "Toothless," the boy haunting the playground, back to wher...

    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. ...

    If you like the tv show stranger things, you should read this. The artist can draw anything! He really succeeded at created a full rich setting. Love the unique character designs. Very good story telling. I loved the solution to the mystery, and the ending. The main characters could ha...

    This was so good. I love how creepy the story was. It is about a playground that is not your normal playground. Some kids are trying to solve the mystery of a strange boy and the playground. At the same time theres a missing boy. It's interesting and I love the art work. ...

    I really loved this. And like many people, I was a little confused over the ending. I understood some of it, since I read a lot of manga and think I have a better understanding of Japanese culture than a typical american comic reader. I grasped the Tsukumogami aspect, but I just don't ...

  • Angie Pinchbeck
    Jun 13, 2018

    Animus is the YA creation of Antoine Revoy, who grew up in Paris and Tokyo, loving comics from east and west. What we know is that Japan has an elaborate system of yokai (monsters, supernatural creatures), and this ghost story fits that manga category, but it also features realistic dr...

    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 ver...

    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. ...

    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... Thank you to FirstSecond and Raincoast Books for sending me a copy in exchange for my honest opinion. In a small town in Japan, a haunted playground sits. Two children,...

    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 t...

    This graphic novel was so different from most books I had read before. It?s a dark tale about a haunted playground with strange pasts and parts that are alive. The story started with a couple trying to find their missing son. The police had more missing kids posters with unsolved c...

    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...

    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 ac...

    A haunted playground in Kyoto, Japan seems to hold the key to the mystery of missing schoolchildren. Sayuri and Hisao, themselves children, follow the clues they discover to find their missing classmates and to hopefully return "Toothless," the boy haunting the playground, back to wher...

    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. ...

    If you like the tv show stranger things, you should read this. The artist can draw anything! He really succeeded at created a full rich setting. Love the unique character designs. Very good story telling. I loved the solution to the mystery, and the ending. The main characters could ha...

    This was so good. I love how creepy the story was. It is about a playground that is not your normal playground. Some kids are trying to solve the mystery of a strange boy and the playground. At the same time theres a missing boy. It's interesting and I love the art work. ...

    I really loved this. And like many people, I was a little confused over the ending. I understood some of it, since I read a lot of manga and think I have a better understanding of Japanese culture than a typical american comic reader. I grasped the Tsukumogami aspect, but I just don't ...

    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 Netgall...

    A well drawn, well paced ghost story where two kids try to help a stranded soul be freed from the magical playground. Creepy and poignant, the story is aptly left open to interpretation in the end. There are several plots twists, but the one in the end is probably the most surprising. ...

    Amazing. Just amazing ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    I have to admit, I purchased this on a whim because of the artwork on the front and back cover and the ominous warning to "STAY OUT OF THAT PLAYGROUND"; the masked boy and the moths in the eerie blue palette, it was as if it was daring someone to read it. Plus, I'm automatically drawn ...

    I started reading this wonderful graphic novel and I was so hooked that I finished it in one day. It left me thinking for sure! I love the art style and the narrative was both creepy and beautiful all at the same time. I give it a 4.5/5 stars only because the ending left too much unsai...

    This is one of the best ghost stories I've ever read. The simple yet creepy manga art style reads a bit like a movie storyboard which isn't a bad thing. I really love how the characters have a slight fantasy look to them like Sayuri's elf ears. Toothless mask reminded me a bit of M...

    Kids are disappearing throughout Kyoto. Two middle school students encounter a mysterious kid named "Toothless" at the playground who could explain the mysterious happenings tied to the disappearances. The strength of the book is the investigation done by the two kids. Things are not w...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    I really liked this book...right up until the very ending. And then I was very confused, and it really left me feeling like I had no idea what had just happened. The illustrations are beautiful and the story lovely, but the ending really ruined it for me. ...

  • Cindy
    Jun 23, 2018

    Animus is the YA creation of Antoine Revoy, who grew up in Paris and Tokyo, loving comics from east and west. What we know is that Japan has an elaborate system of yokai (monsters, supernatural creatures), and this ghost story fits that manga category, but it also features realistic dr...

    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 ver...

    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. ...

    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... Thank you to FirstSecond and Raincoast Books for sending me a copy in exchange for my honest opinion. In a small town in Japan, a haunted playground sits. Two children,...

    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 t...

    This graphic novel was so different from most books I had read before. It?s a dark tale about a haunted playground with strange pasts and parts that are alive. The story started with a couple trying to find their missing son. The police had more missing kids posters with unsolved c...

    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...

    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 ac...

    A haunted playground in Kyoto, Japan seems to hold the key to the mystery of missing schoolchildren. Sayuri and Hisao, themselves children, follow the clues they discover to find their missing classmates and to hopefully return "Toothless," the boy haunting the playground, back to wher...

    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. ...

    If you like the tv show stranger things, you should read this. The artist can draw anything! He really succeeded at created a full rich setting. Love the unique character designs. Very good story telling. I loved the solution to the mystery, and the ending. The main characters could ha...

    This was so good. I love how creepy the story was. It is about a playground that is not your normal playground. Some kids are trying to solve the mystery of a strange boy and the playground. At the same time theres a missing boy. It's interesting and I love the art work. ...

    I really loved this. And like many people, I was a little confused over the ending. I understood some of it, since I read a lot of manga and think I have a better understanding of Japanese culture than a typical american comic reader. I grasped the Tsukumogami aspect, but I just don't ...

    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 Netgall...

    A well drawn, well paced ghost story where two kids try to help a stranded soul be freed from the magical playground. Creepy and poignant, the story is aptly left open to interpretation in the end. There are several plots twists, but the one in the end is probably the most surprising. ...

    Amazing. Just amazing ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    I have to admit, I purchased this on a whim because of the artwork on the front and back cover and the ominous warning to "STAY OUT OF THAT PLAYGROUND"; the masked boy and the moths in the eerie blue palette, it was as if it was daring someone to read it. Plus, I'm automatically drawn ...

  • Adam Stone
    May 02, 2018

    Animus is the YA creation of Antoine Revoy, who grew up in Paris and Tokyo, loving comics from east and west. What we know is that Japan has an elaborate system of yokai (monsters, supernatural creatures), and this ghost story fits that manga category, but it also features realistic dr...

    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 ver...

    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. ...

    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... Thank you to FirstSecond and Raincoast Books for sending me a copy in exchange for my honest opinion. In a small town in Japan, a haunted playground sits. Two children,...

    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 t...

    This graphic novel was so different from most books I had read before. It?s a dark tale about a haunted playground with strange pasts and parts that are alive. The story started with a couple trying to find their missing son. The police had more missing kids posters with unsolved c...

    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...

    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 ac...

    A haunted playground in Kyoto, Japan seems to hold the key to the mystery of missing schoolchildren. Sayuri and Hisao, themselves children, follow the clues they discover to find their missing classmates and to hopefully return "Toothless," the boy haunting the playground, back to wher...

    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. ...

    If you like the tv show stranger things, you should read this. The artist can draw anything! He really succeeded at created a full rich setting. Love the unique character designs. Very good story telling. I loved the solution to the mystery, and the ending. The main characters could ha...

    This was so good. I love how creepy the story was. It is about a playground that is not your normal playground. Some kids are trying to solve the mystery of a strange boy and the playground. At the same time theres a missing boy. It's interesting and I love the art work. ...

    I really loved this. And like many people, I was a little confused over the ending. I understood some of it, since I read a lot of manga and think I have a better understanding of Japanese culture than a typical american comic reader. I grasped the Tsukumogami aspect, but I just don't ...

    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 Netgall...

    A well drawn, well paced ghost story where two kids try to help a stranded soul be freed from the magical playground. Creepy and poignant, the story is aptly left open to interpretation in the end. There are several plots twists, but the one in the end is probably the most surprising. ...

    Amazing. Just amazing ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    I have to admit, I purchased this on a whim because of the artwork on the front and back cover and the ominous warning to "STAY OUT OF THAT PLAYGROUND"; the masked boy and the moths in the eerie blue palette, it was as if it was daring someone to read it. Plus, I'm automatically drawn ...

    I started reading this wonderful graphic novel and I was so hooked that I finished it in one day. It left me thinking for sure! I love the art style and the narrative was both creepy and beautiful all at the same time. I give it a 4.5/5 stars only because the ending left too much unsai...

    This is one of the best ghost stories I've ever read. The simple yet creepy manga art style reads a bit like a movie storyboard which isn't a bad thing. I really love how the characters have a slight fantasy look to them like Sayuri's elf ears. Toothless mask reminded me a bit of M...

    Kids are disappearing throughout Kyoto. Two middle school students encounter a mysterious kid named "Toothless" at the playground who could explain the mysterious happenings tied to the disappearances. The strength of the book is the investigation done by the two kids. Things are not w...

    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 ...

    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 ...

  • Payne Yance
    Sep 02, 2018

    Animus is the YA creation of Antoine Revoy, who grew up in Paris and Tokyo, loving comics from east and west. What we know is that Japan has an elaborate system of yokai (monsters, supernatural creatures), and this ghost story fits that manga category, but it also features realistic dr...

    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 ver...

    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. ...

    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... Thank you to FirstSecond and Raincoast Books for sending me a copy in exchange for my honest opinion. In a small town in Japan, a haunted playground sits. Two children,...

    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 t...

    This graphic novel was so different from most books I had read before. It?s a dark tale about a haunted playground with strange pasts and parts that are alive. The story started with a couple trying to find their missing son. The police had more missing kids posters with unsolved c...

  • Katherine
    Aug 12, 2018

    Animus is the YA creation of Antoine Revoy, who grew up in Paris and Tokyo, loving comics from east and west. What we know is that Japan has an elaborate system of yokai (monsters, supernatural creatures), and this ghost story fits that manga category, but it also features realistic dr...

    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 ver...

    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. ...

    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... Thank you to FirstSecond and Raincoast Books for sending me a copy in exchange for my honest opinion. In a small town in Japan, a haunted playground sits. Two children,...

    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 t...

    This graphic novel was so different from most books I had read before. It?s a dark tale about a haunted playground with strange pasts and parts that are alive. The story started with a couple trying to find their missing son. The police had more missing kids posters with unsolved c...

    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...

    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 ac...

    A haunted playground in Kyoto, Japan seems to hold the key to the mystery of missing schoolchildren. Sayuri and Hisao, themselves children, follow the clues they discover to find their missing classmates and to hopefully return "Toothless," the boy haunting the playground, back to wher...

    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. ...

    If you like the tv show stranger things, you should read this. The artist can draw anything! He really succeeded at created a full rich setting. Love the unique character designs. Very good story telling. I loved the solution to the mystery, and the ending. The main characters could ha...

    This was so good. I love how creepy the story was. It is about a playground that is not your normal playground. Some kids are trying to solve the mystery of a strange boy and the playground. At the same time theres a missing boy. It's interesting and I love the art work. ...

    I really loved this. And like many people, I was a little confused over the ending. I understood some of it, since I read a lot of manga and think I have a better understanding of Japanese culture than a typical american comic reader. I grasped the Tsukumogami aspect, but I just don't ...

    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 Netgall...

    A well drawn, well paced ghost story where two kids try to help a stranded soul be freed from the magical playground. Creepy and poignant, the story is aptly left open to interpretation in the end. There are several plots twists, but the one in the end is probably the most surprising. ...

    Amazing. Just amazing ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    I have to admit, I purchased this on a whim because of the artwork on the front and back cover and the ominous warning to "STAY OUT OF THAT PLAYGROUND"; the masked boy and the moths in the eerie blue palette, it was as if it was daring someone to read it. Plus, I'm automatically drawn ...

    I started reading this wonderful graphic novel and I was so hooked that I finished it in one day. It left me thinking for sure! I love the art style and the narrative was both creepy and beautiful all at the same time. I give it a 4.5/5 stars only because the ending left too much unsai...

    This is one of the best ghost stories I've ever read. The simple yet creepy manga art style reads a bit like a movie storyboard which isn't a bad thing. I really love how the characters have a slight fantasy look to them like Sayuri's elf ears. Toothless mask reminded me a bit of M...

    Kids are disappearing throughout Kyoto. Two middle school students encounter a mysterious kid named "Toothless" at the playground who could explain the mysterious happenings tied to the disappearances. The strength of the book is the investigation done by the two kids. Things are not w...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    I really liked this book...right up until the very ending. And then I was very confused, and it really left me feeling like I had no idea what had just happened. The illustrations are beautiful and the story lovely, but the ending really ruined it for me. ...

    There?s a strange playground tucked away in a quiet neighborhood. The swings see into dreams and the concrete animals hear all within the park. When they accidentally stay past sundown, friends Hisao and Sayuri meet the park?s resident ghost. He knows all about the magic of the pla...

    Two friends, Hisao and Sayuri, find a small playground tucked away in a quiet neighborhood in Japan. While playing there, they meet a masked ghost who calls himself Toothless. Toothless is unable to move on, not sure where his body lies, and spends his days warning kids away from the d...

  • Andrew Greenlaw-Houldsworth
    Sep 05, 2018

    Animus is the YA creation of Antoine Revoy, who grew up in Paris and Tokyo, loving comics from east and west. What we know is that Japan has an elaborate system of yokai (monsters, supernatural creatures), and this ghost story fits that manga category, but it also features realistic dr...

    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 ver...

    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. ...

    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... Thank you to FirstSecond and Raincoast Books for sending me a copy in exchange for my honest opinion. In a small town in Japan, a haunted playground sits. Two children,...

    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 t...

    This graphic novel was so different from most books I had read before. It?s a dark tale about a haunted playground with strange pasts and parts that are alive. The story started with a couple trying to find their missing son. The police had more missing kids posters with unsolved c...

    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...

    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 ac...

    A haunted playground in Kyoto, Japan seems to hold the key to the mystery of missing schoolchildren. Sayuri and Hisao, themselves children, follow the clues they discover to find their missing classmates and to hopefully return "Toothless," the boy haunting the playground, back to wher...

    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. ...

    If you like the tv show stranger things, you should read this. The artist can draw anything! He really succeeded at created a full rich setting. Love the unique character designs. Very good story telling. I loved the solution to the mystery, and the ending. The main characters could ha...

    This was so good. I love how creepy the story was. It is about a playground that is not your normal playground. Some kids are trying to solve the mystery of a strange boy and the playground. At the same time theres a missing boy. It's interesting and I love the art work. ...

    I really loved this. And like many people, I was a little confused over the ending. I understood some of it, since I read a lot of manga and think I have a better understanding of Japanese culture than a typical american comic reader. I grasped the Tsukumogami aspect, but I just don't ...

    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 Netgall...

    A well drawn, well paced ghost story where two kids try to help a stranded soul be freed from the magical playground. Creepy and poignant, the story is aptly left open to interpretation in the end. There are several plots twists, but the one in the end is probably the most surprising. ...

    Amazing. Just amazing ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    I have to admit, I purchased this on a whim because of the artwork on the front and back cover and the ominous warning to "STAY OUT OF THAT PLAYGROUND"; the masked boy and the moths in the eerie blue palette, it was as if it was daring someone to read it. Plus, I'm automatically drawn ...

    I started reading this wonderful graphic novel and I was so hooked that I finished it in one day. It left me thinking for sure! I love the art style and the narrative was both creepy and beautiful all at the same time. I give it a 4.5/5 stars only because the ending left too much unsai...

    This is one of the best ghost stories I've ever read. The simple yet creepy manga art style reads a bit like a movie storyboard which isn't a bad thing. I really love how the characters have a slight fantasy look to them like Sayuri's elf ears. Toothless mask reminded me a bit of M...

    Kids are disappearing throughout Kyoto. Two middle school students encounter a mysterious kid named "Toothless" at the playground who could explain the mysterious happenings tied to the disappearances. The strength of the book is the investigation done by the two kids. Things are not w...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    I really liked this book...right up until the very ending. And then I was very confused, and it really left me feeling like I had no idea what had just happened. The illustrations are beautiful and the story lovely, but the ending really ruined it for me. ...

    There?s a strange playground tucked away in a quiet neighborhood. The swings see into dreams and the concrete animals hear all within the park. When they accidentally stay past sundown, friends Hisao and Sayuri meet the park?s resident ghost. He knows all about the magic of the pla...

    Two friends, Hisao and Sayuri, find a small playground tucked away in a quiet neighborhood in Japan. While playing there, they meet a masked ghost who calls himself Toothless. Toothless is unable to move on, not sure where his body lies, and spends his days warning kids away from the d...

    Ehhh... It sure was... something. The local playground has dark secrets that have entrapped children for years. Two friends meet a spirit who knows these secrets and asks for help in escaping to another realm in exchange for revealing his knowledge. As the friends' investigation goe...

    Fantastic supernatural mystery manga! Great pacing, no gore, and great artwork. I especially liked the two protagonist bit, and the Japanese mythos. It would have gotten five stars, but the ending was weak, if chilling. I'd recommend as young as ten, if they're into horror. ...

  • Karen
    Jun 07, 2018

    Animus is the YA creation of Antoine Revoy, who grew up in Paris and Tokyo, loving comics from east and west. What we know is that Japan has an elaborate system of yokai (monsters, supernatural creatures), and this ghost story fits that manga category, but it also features realistic dr...

    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 ver...

    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. ...

    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... Thank you to FirstSecond and Raincoast Books for sending me a copy in exchange for my honest opinion. In a small town in Japan, a haunted playground sits. Two children,...

    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 t...

    This graphic novel was so different from most books I had read before. It?s a dark tale about a haunted playground with strange pasts and parts that are alive. The story started with a couple trying to find their missing son. The police had more missing kids posters with unsolved c...

    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...

    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 ac...

    A haunted playground in Kyoto, Japan seems to hold the key to the mystery of missing schoolchildren. Sayuri and Hisao, themselves children, follow the clues they discover to find their missing classmates and to hopefully return "Toothless," the boy haunting the playground, back to wher...

    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. ...

    If you like the tv show stranger things, you should read this. The artist can draw anything! He really succeeded at created a full rich setting. Love the unique character designs. Very good story telling. I loved the solution to the mystery, and the ending. The main characters could ha...

    This was so good. I love how creepy the story was. It is about a playground that is not your normal playground. Some kids are trying to solve the mystery of a strange boy and the playground. At the same time theres a missing boy. It's interesting and I love the art work. ...

    I really loved this. And like many people, I was a little confused over the ending. I understood some of it, since I read a lot of manga and think I have a better understanding of Japanese culture than a typical american comic reader. I grasped the Tsukumogami aspect, but I just don't ...

    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 Netgall...

    A well drawn, well paced ghost story where two kids try to help a stranded soul be freed from the magical playground. Creepy and poignant, the story is aptly left open to interpretation in the end. There are several plots twists, but the one in the end is probably the most surprising. ...

    Amazing. Just amazing ...

  • J.D. Dehart
    Apr 22, 2018

    Animus is the YA creation of Antoine Revoy, who grew up in Paris and Tokyo, loving comics from east and west. What we know is that Japan has an elaborate system of yokai (monsters, supernatural creatures), and this ghost story fits that manga category, but it also features realistic dr...

    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 ver...

    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. ...

    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... Thank you to FirstSecond and Raincoast Books for sending me a copy in exchange for my honest opinion. In a small town in Japan, a haunted playground sits. Two children,...

    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 t...

    This graphic novel was so different from most books I had read before. It?s a dark tale about a haunted playground with strange pasts and parts that are alive. The story started with a couple trying to find their missing son. The police had more missing kids posters with unsolved c...

    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...

    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 ac...

  • Andrea Kneeland
    Apr 05, 2018

    Animus is the YA creation of Antoine Revoy, who grew up in Paris and Tokyo, loving comics from east and west. What we know is that Japan has an elaborate system of yokai (monsters, supernatural creatures), and this ghost story fits that manga category, but it also features realistic dr...

    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 ver...

    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. ...

    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... Thank you to FirstSecond and Raincoast Books for sending me a copy in exchange for my honest opinion. In a small town in Japan, a haunted playground sits. Two children,...

    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 t...

    This graphic novel was so different from most books I had read before. It?s a dark tale about a haunted playground with strange pasts and parts that are alive. The story started with a couple trying to find their missing son. The police had more missing kids posters with unsolved c...

    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...