Twilight Zone gets a modern psychological twist in Haunting Manga

Soumatoh Kabushikigaishac is like The Twilight Zone, except that the manga revisits the same disturbing place and experience with different characters.

Warning! Spoilers ahead too Soumatoh Kabushikigaishac Chapter 9!

Mangaen Soumatoh Kabushikigaishac asks if it is possible to retell the same episode from Twilight Zone but with different characters and still influences the reader as deeply as the first story. The answer is a resounding “yes”.

The psychological aspect of Twilight Zone TV series captured viewers during the original broadcast from 1959 to 1964 and continue to captivate audiences to this day, inspiring several spin-offs and separate series, among others. Black mirror. Twilight Zone is celebrated for how it masterfully uses an episodic format with separate individual stories that explore characters while undergoing supernatural experiences that affect them on a psychological level – and usually they cannot be rationally explained with science or common sense.

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Soumatoh Kabushikigaishac resembles in many respects a particular episode of Twilight Zone. Each story is told in two chapters and begins with the protagonist meeting a mysterious company known as the Revolving Lantern Corporation, which has the eerie ability to appear in places it was not before. A woman always comes out to greet her future clients right away and invites them to share their name and date of birth in return for a pleasant and therapeutic experience. What she means by this is that they can watch DVDs from their entire lives from their time of birth to today, where each year is captured on one disc. But that’s not all. Her clients can also see the life of anyone they want as long as they are able to provide the person’s name and date of birth.

Every person who enters the Revolving Lantern Corporation usually goes through a kind of crisis and comes to an astonishing realization, sometimes even a revelation, when they see their own and others’ lives. The first volume describes five separate stories. The first follows a man whose wife and daughter died, and his struggles to live without them. But as the widower literally watches his life unfold, the reader quickly learns a dark secret about his past. He also comes into possession of new information when he sees the video of another person close to him revealing the truth about how his family perished.

The second section tells the story of a musician who gave up his dreams after acquiring someone else’s debt. As he relives his memories, the ex-musician quickly notices a mysterious person who keeps popping up again and again, someone he thought he just met for the first time a few hours ago. The third episode follows a woman who is about to marry her dream man, but is shocked when she later sees that her fiancé’s life consists of only one DVD. The next tale documents the meeting between three strangers who embark on an eerie journey to commit suicide together, but soon come to learn all there is to know about their new companions. The last story of the bandage is actually told from the perspective of a cat whose owner is abused by his mother-in-law and who actually falls over his pet’s private session.

Ironic, Soumatoh KabushikigaishacIts whole premise draws a lot of inspiration from an essential Twilight Zone episode, “What’s in the Box?” where a TV repairman fixes a couple’s broken television in such a way that the only channel shows the husband’s indiscretion towards his wife. It just shows that some of Twilight Zone‘s stories are so profound that one episode is literally capable of inspiring a series of adaptations. Soumatoh Kabushikigaishac’s stories, while resembling each other, explore new territory, from infidelity and jealousy, crimes against strangers and redemption to condemnation, and broken promises to misunderstandings. And, of course, they evoke all sorts of emotions and reactions. Some endings are tragic. Others are creepy and showcase the very best (and worst) of horror. Then there are those who are bittersweet, happy and even hopeful. But much like the best episodes of Twilight Zone, all chapters of Soumatoh Kabushikigaishac make the reader think.

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