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The ring. Volume 1
2003
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Journalist Kazayuki Asakawa's investigation into the sudden deaths of four teenagers from heart failure leads to an isolated cabin containing a videotape warning of death in seven days unless certain, now missing, instructions are not followed. - (Baker & Taylor)

Creepy! Have you seen the movie yet? I don't want to spoil it, but it's creepy, dramatic, somehow a little funny, and intense. The Ring, a Japanese multi-media frenzy based on the best-selling horror novels by Koji Suzuki, has already made its way to America in both a Western adaptation of the film, and an equally popular dubbed Japanese version of the film. Well, from Dark Horse Comics comes the equally fantastic manga, and it will be published, respectfully, in the increasingly popular "non-Western" format, meaning you get a kick out of reading from the back of the book to the front. For those of you who love your media in comic book form, you'll love seeing this creepy tidbit panel to panel, and for those who love film, step forward and find out why filmmakers idolize comics. The pacing and art throughout the book are so loyal and work so well with the story, you will be overwhelmed and frozen in place in a closet somewhere. Creeeepy! - (Diamond Comics Distributors)

Creepy! Have you seen the movie yet? I don't want to spoil it, but it's creepy, dramatic, somehow a little funny, and intense. The Ring, a Japanese multi-media frenzy based on the best-selling horror novels by Koji Suzuki, has already made its way to America in both a Western adaptation of the film, and an equally popular dubbed Japanese version of the film. Well, from Dark Horse Comics comes the equally fantastic manga, and it will be published, respectfully, in the increasingly popular "non-Western" format, meaning you get a kick out of reading from the back of the book to the front. For those of you who love your media in comic book form, you'll love seeing this creepy tidbit panel to panel, and for those who love film, step forward and find out why filmmakers idolize comics. The pacing and art throughout the book are so loyal and work so well with the story, you will be overwhelmed and frozen in place in a closet somewhere. Creeeepy! - (Random House, Inc.)

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This is a manga adaptation of the Japanese horror movie Ringu, which was based on a novel by Koji Suzuki and remade in the United States as the hit film The Ring. The story concerns a deadly videotape-anyone who watches it will die seven days later. When her niece dies mysteriously, journalist Reiko investigates, finds the tape, and watches it. She contacts her ex-husband, Ryuji, a university professor, who watches the tape also, and together they search for a way to stop the curse-a task that becomes even more imperative when their son Yoichi sees the tape as well. Though the twist-ending story will have an impact in any medium, this presentation, despite some good moments, is less compelling than either of the movies. Inagaki's artwork is somewhat simple, the characters are limited in emotional expression, and the dialog is sometimes clunky. Fans of The Ring who wish to go beyond the American remake would do better to see Ringu itself than to read this lackluster adaptation. Buy for teens and adults if requested, but otherwise this is not a necessary purchase. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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