Written by Sleepwell

A Masterpiece that Turned the Comic Book World Around by only 230 Pages.


I’m Sleepwell.

I would like to introduce a comic book that inspired me the most.
It’s called “Domu”, written by Katsuhiro Otomo, who is known for AKIRA.

This work was done before AKIRA and inspired a lot of people in the comic book industry.
The charm is in the great depiction, and the story setting and structure.

A twisted old man, gifted with extrasensory powers, silently holds sway over an entire block of apartments. The occupants are puppets for him to control. Life is his to give…and to take. But suddenly there is a new voice in his head, and before he knows it, a young girl with her own battery of psychic abilities has arrived to challenge him! Soon, the sprawling complex becomes a battleground between two minds possessing incredible, unimaginable power.(Quote from Dark Horse)


The important clue in understanding the world of “Domu” is “Mammoth Danchi”, which the story sets in.
Mommoth Danchi means one of the major apartment complex, most of which were built in the High Economic Growth Period. The uniformity that’s almost too perfect to be real and to feel good about seems like criticizing that of Japanese society.

The setting is inspired by Kawaguchi Shibazono Danchi.

An old man who tries to stay in family and people’s minds and a girl with strong sense of just.


Their psychic battle is gigantic but chaotic like children’s dream. (“Domu” means children’s dream).


Written over 30 years ago, there’s been a lot of talk over this masterpiece but it definitely is beyond what had been there in terms of the drawing, setting, and story.

If you have not checked it out, hurry to the bookshop.

About the author



東京都在住の23歳ビートメイカー。Dr.DreやDJ QuikといったウェストコーストのHIP-HOPに影響を受け15歳ごろよりビートメイクを始める。その後Lindsay LowendやCashemere Catと出会い、現在のChilwaveやBeatsを基調とした作風へ移行。2015年1月にTREKKIE TRAXより自身のデビューEPとなる「Zzz EP」をリリース。

A 23 year-old beat maker inspired by Hip-Hop tracks of Dr.Dre and DJ Quick. After meeting Lindsay Lowend and Cashemere Cat, the taste shifted from Hip-Hop into Chilwave and Beats. In January 2015, the debut EP “Zzz EP” was released from TREKKIE TRAX.

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