Review and Reflections: ヒミズ (Himizu/Himizu) as Manga and Film Adaptation

4 thoughts on “Review and Reflections: ヒミズ (Himizu/Himizu) as Manga and Film Adaptation”

  1. Nice review, you’ve really made me want to check out the Manga now!
    In regard to Sono’s Yoruno, I get the impression that after he lost everything he sort of reverted back to a child like state to cope with his situation, not only is he starting from scratch financially, he’s starting from scratch mentally giving him a similar mental age to Sumida, I think his mental age changes as the film progresses as he starts to fill the parental role which Sumida lacks.

    1. The manga is a fairly quick read – the chapters are short (around 28 pages each, which, without cover and credit pages, is probably more like 25).
      I don’t think I would have picked up the manga without Sono’s film (it’s seinen, it’s psychological and most of all a kind of a drawing style I don’t particularly like, although the pages I posted are not very representative of this – those are actually quite lovely). I think Sono improves the manga and allows you to appreciate it more, and, in turn, the manga allows you to appreciate the film more. Which is quite a rare feat!
      Agree with you on your assessment of Yoruno and I think what you say is one of the reasons why the teen-to-adult change works so well. I actually want to rewatch Himizu because I saw the film/read the manga with a month in between. I’m sure I have forgotten some details but that there are still more interesting comparisons to make. In particular I want to closely rewatch both instances of deathly violence (trying not to be too spoilerish here for readers 🙂 ) as I felt they were slightly different in the manga – both with even darker implications about Sumida and Iijima Teruhiko (the petty thief) respectively.

  2. This is a great review. I too was put off by art style of the manga ad only read it for context. Sono’s film is a much more accessible film especially with the ending which presents Sumida with a better situation and more options (despite his disastrous circumstances) thanks to his growing self-awareness.
    Captain Banana’s comment on Yoruno is brilliant!

    1. Thanks. I have to say this was the first Sono Sion film I watched (Love Exposure is still buried in my DVD pile) and I was mentally prepped for total doom, so I (almost) smiled at the ending.
      Can’t wait to rewatch Himizu once it comes out on DVD!

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