Domu Deluxe Edition – Otomo Katsuhiro Manga Review

Posted By yonghow on July 6th, 2017

Domu Deluxe Edition - Otomo Katsuhiro Manga Review

One of my happiest acquisitions while in Tokyo recently; the rare jumbo sized deluxe edition of Otomo Katsuhiro’s groundbreaking manga Domu, first published in 1983 (tankobon). This particular deluxe edition was released a year later in 1984, as part of the commemoration for Otomo winning the Nihon SF Taisho Award.

The print size matches 1:1 to dimensions of the panels that Otomo originally drew for the manga; just check out how big it is ! ( image below )

Domu Deluxe Edition - Otomo Katsuhiro Manga Review
Domu Deluxe Edition - Otomo Katsuhiro Manga Review

The manga comes housed in a outer protective cardboard box ( image above; it’s pretty banged up but one has to remember this book is more than 2 decades old ), and also a sturdy cardboard slip case ( image below ).

Domu Deluxe Edition - Otomo Katsuhiro Manga Review
Domu Deluxe Edition - Otomo Katsuhiro Manga Review

The actual volume itself is in excellent condition, mint new I should say. I actually spotted a copy last year at Mandarake bookstore in Nakano ( below ) but I was already past my carry limit so I had to pass.

Domu Deluxe Edition - Otomo Katsuhiro Manga Review
Domu Deluxe Edition - Otomo Katsuhiro Manga Review
Domu Deluxe Edition - Otomo Katsuhiro Manga Review
Domu Deluxe Edition - Otomo Katsuhiro Manga Review

(above) Otomo is one of the most cinematic manga artists I know; here a simple use of fg/mg/bg elements give great depth to his composition. He uses many other simple but effective techniques like perspective and negative space throughout his panels.

Domu Deluxe Edition - Otomo Katsuhiro Manga Review
Domu Deluxe Edition - Otomo Katsuhiro Manga Review
Domu Deluxe Edition - Otomo Katsuhiro Manga Review
Domu Deluxe Edition - Otomo Katsuhiro Manga Review
Domu Deluxe Edition - Otomo Katsuhiro Manga Review

(above) One of the most iconic panels in the manga ( used as the cover art for the Japanese tankobon ), beautifully reproduced by famed Final Fantasy character designer Akihiko Yoshida in the Otomo Tribute art book. (image below)

Domu Deluxe Edition - Otomo Katsuhiro Manga Review

Domu Deluxe Edition - Otomo Katsuhiro Manga Review
Domu Deluxe Edition - Otomo Katsuhiro Manga Review
Domu Deluxe Edition - Otomo Katsuhiro Manga Review
Domu Deluxe Edition - Otomo 
Katsuhiro Manga Review

Availability : Very rare. I am unsure as to how many copies were actually printed in 1984 ( anyone privy to this info kindly let me know ), but certainly much fewer copies are available on the market today. You can find it on Yahoo Japan auctions sometimes ( where I acquired my copy ), and if you’re lucky a copy might be on sale at the Mandarake bookstore in Nakano Broadway, Tokyo.

The bottom line is, Domu is a masterpiece of manga storytelling, deluxe edition or not. Otomo is most known for Akira, but before he went to town with that he perfected his art and style in Domu. If you haven’t read it yet, locate a copy and give yourself a big treat.

(Please note the purchase link below is for the regular edition.)

Domu Amazon Japan Buy Link
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7 Responses to “Domu Deluxe Edition – Otomo Katsuhiro Manga Review”

Fredrik

Awesome! I’ve been looking for an english edition of the manga in good condition, but they are so effing expensive… 🙁

Wish Dark Horse would publish Domu again.

DISTRAKT

classic no doubt!

Martin

So want this. Having it be jumbo size feels like its closer to a european comic album, or to be more specific a Moebius comic.
Domu was one of the 1st mangas I skimmed through way back in the mid 90s. At the time I was too young to appreciate it so I skipped it. It wasnt until many years later that I realized how talented Otomo was. I had intentions to read Domu every now and then but kept sleeping on it. Your posting and this version of Domu sold me on reading it asap. But it looks like its out of my price range 🙁

ATOM

Sumptuous edition.

Many high quality works are unfortunately edited in an unworthy format.
Some of Otomo works containing some of his most beautiful comic panels (Kibun Wa Mou Sensou, Domu, …) are edited in a 21 x 15 cm format, printed on a paper that yellows over time …
I’ve always find this unfortunate.

There are of course deluxe editions, but too rare in my opinion. The general public ends discovering these works through the lesser quality supports.

yonghow

Fredrik/Martin – I’ve seen plenty of Otomo fans request for DH to do a reprint as well, hopefully they respond.

Distrakt – Definitely. :]

Atom – You’re right, even the regular Japanese edition of Akira is printed on pulp paper. I would be very willing to pay money for a new edition with bigger print size and good quality paper.

ATOM

Yonghow – You may be interested in these editions of Miyazaki’s Nausicaa:

The japanese deluxe edition (30 x 22 cm, hardcover, dust jacket):
https://www.amazon.co.jp/%E8%B1%AA%E8%8F%AF%E8%A3%85%E4%B8%81%E6%9C%AC%E3%80%8C%E9%A2%A8%E3%81%AE%E8%B0%B7%E3%81%AE%E3%83%8A%E3%82%A6%E3%82%B7%E3%82%AB%E3%80%8D-2%E5%86%8A%E3%82%BB%E3%83%83%E3%83%88-%E5%AE%AE%E5%B4%8E-%E9%A7%BF/dp/4198699011/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1499538211&sr=8-3&keywords=%E9%A2%A8%E3%81%AE%E8%B0%B7%E3%81%AE%E3%83%8A%E3%82%A6%E3%82%B7%E3%82%AB

Or the English one, by VIZ Media (25 x 15 cm, hardcover, cardboard box):

https://www.amazon.com/Nausica%C3%A4-Valley-Wind-Box-Set/dp/1421550644/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1499538247&sr=8-2&keywords=nausicaa+of+the+valley+of+the+wind

http://www.ericsantoli.com/blog/unboxing-nausicaa-of-the-valley-of-the-wind-manga-box-set-hayao-miyazaki

I prefer by far the design of the Japanese edition, but since I don’t read Japanese, it is of a relatively limited interest to me.

I possess the English version, and the quality is very good.

… waiting for a deluxe Edition of AKIRA, that may come someday … Amen 🙂

yonghow

Oh yes, I’ve seen these Nausicaa deluxe editions in Japan and it’s always been on my wishlist. Thanks for reminding me ! Now, let’s hope Kodansha Japan do something good for Akira fans on the 35th anniversary…

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