Dementia 21 Vol.1
A disturbingly funny manga about a plucky home aide tasked with caring for a series of bizarre patients, from one of Japan’s most twisted and experimental cartoonists.
Yukie Sakai is a sprightly young home health aide eager to help her elderly clients. But what seems like a straightforward job quickly turns into a series of increasingly surreal and bizarre adventures that put Yukie’s wits to the test! Cartoonist Kago, who is well known for combining a more traditional manga style with hyper realistic illustration technique, an experimental visual storytelling approach, and outrageously sexual and scatological subject matter, has single-handedly created his own genre: “fashionable paranoia."
Praise For Dementia 21 Vol.1…
— Publishers Weekly
Charming, hilarious, and thought-provoking. Dementia 21 proves that Kago is a cutting satirist with a deft touch for black comedy.
— Broken Frontier
As much as I admire Kago's oddness as a writer, his artistic pen is even sharper. [His characters] retain a realistic edge that intensifies their horror-tinged universe.
Part social commentary and satire, part menacing story colored by greed and selfishness, part narrative on thankless work, Dementia 21 is a transgressive form of graphic medicine.
Dementia 21 is a great way to introduce the world to Kago’s brilliant work. If you’re looking for amazing manga, look no further.
— Kitty Sneezes
Dementia 21 revels in bodily irreverence and pushes corporeality to the limits of the imagination. It is a fine introduction to the strange world of Kago.
— Run Spot Run
Kago deftly combines realism and absurdity for a manga title that’s equal parts joyful, evocative, and jarring.
— Adventures in Poor Taste
Fantagraphics, 9781683961062, 300pp.
Publication Date: September 25, 2018