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The explosive finale to one of graphic fiction's greatest achievements is here! The mad psychic colossus Tetsuo, the world's military, and the remaining psychics of The Project face off -- with the child psychic god, Akira, the wild card -- in what may not only decide the fate of mankind, but may determine the next step in human evolution! This long-awaited volume -- a staThe explosive finale to one of graphic fiction's greatest achievements is here! The mad psychic colossus Tetsuo, the world's military, and the remaining psychics of The Project face off -- with the child psychic god, Akira, the wild card -- in what may not only decide the fate of mankind, but may determine the next step in human evolution! This long-awaited volume -- a staggering 440 pages -- features the impossible-to-find final chapters of Akira, never before collected in the U.S., presented as they were intended to be seen in their original, stunning black and white! Featuring a revised translation and top-quality art reproduction, this is the final edition of one of comics' definitive works, a six-volume epic of over two thousand pages. Katsuhiro Otomo's entire masterpiece is finally available -- only from Dark Horse!...

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Akira, Vol. 6 Reviews

  • Jedi JC Daquis
    2019-01-21 05:24

    Akira is one of the greatest manga that has ever been created. It is up there together with Kazuo Koike's Lone Wolf and Cub series. Katsuhiro Otomo has created a masterpiece that is teeming with pure non-stop action. Volume six didn't hit all the right spots in seamless storytelling, hugely because of the sheer amount of thins happening in the book. With so many players in the board, I am still amazed that the author still managed to pull off a spectacular finale.Akira.Reading each volume is like watching an entire movie. The whole series will not be given justice if it is compressed into one film, so thankfully the Akira anime film has huge deviations from the graphic material. Saying which is better between the book and movie is a tough choice to make. The movie, even though it has the same key plot points as the manga, by itself stands on its own.Overall, I really enjoyed reading this series, though I am not sold on some of the author's choices in the last volume, my whole reading experience has been a great, high-octane ride.

  • Brendon
    2019-01-05 06:27

    Its almost impossible to describe how completely amazing Akira actually is. It makes any seminal American graphic novel seem childish. Required reading for anyone interested in the medium.

  • Rachel
    2019-01-17 09:31

    Much better than Volumes 4 and 5! The dream sequence near the end was beautifully depicted and really delivered an emotional payload that I'd been looking forward to since reading the first book. I found some of the action frenetic and some the characters' motivations murky. I think at this point I'm mostly happy to finally be finished with this series!

  • the gift
    2019-01-07 04:35

    well I finished it, ambivalent, impressed, but not as caught up as some other manga- perhaps had I read this before seeing the film, before having read other manga, sentiment alone would rate this higher. do give it as a series somewhere between three and four. high if I want manga, low if I want just any sort of literature...the book series contains more than the movie, and as recommended read this quickly, saw this as a movie, the version I had seen years ago seems to contain only a few volumes, some but not all action, and in manga form there is more understanding of plot, of motivations, of who/what Akira is. in both, there is a lot of architecture, a lot of apocalyptic scenes that go on for longer than imagining there is anything left to destroy. as I never read comics, had once particular, negative, assumptions of the medium, it is only because my friend the graphics artist, helping to fill in the canonical texts, decides to put this on hold at the is simple prejudice, original attitude, that continues in the ambivalence of liking this work: if I want thought there are many works of philosophy to read, if story there are many works of prose to read, if there are images to tell the story- this is why to read manga or other graphics...this is an unusual effect: I discover I am drawn into images, not 'interior' thought or emotion of given characters, so follow stories in images- but such is prose work, such where environments, worlds, scenes, are rendered in efficient if not spectacular prose. then I think of how maybe it is words that work best, allow me some creative freedom, that manga art does not, for what is rendered is what is seen for the story. have by now read a few graphics, a few manga, so I can try to understand what it is I like in certain other artists more than otomo, why I am more engaged by matsumoto taiyo- in tekkonkinkreet, say...this is a long manga (correction: Riley tells me it is actually short), read in full size six volumes, and I have read some works on how to read graphics- in some ways definitely enjoyed this more than the movie, by the indications of movement, by the elaborate, extensive visions, action frozen, dreams, moving in lines, gestures, that I could follow logic or something like it, in why his character does that, in how the development of the powerful psychic children was described, but there is also argument that the images work best in motion. having seen the movie years if not decades ago, I am unsure. this work is definitely worth looking at if you want a sense of history of manga...

  • Phil
    2018-12-31 10:28

    I'm totally biased on this one as Akira will always hold a special place in my heart. My next door neighbor lived in Japan for a while and when he came back he was like 'Akira Akira Akira!' I was about 12 years old at the time (1992) so based on this I bought the anime on VHS by saving the money my mom gave me to play arcade games. It took a long time to save up, but I got an older neighborhood kid to take me to Suncoast so I could buy it and man it was worth it. It's a cartoon but it's violent with blood and stuff!Later when Dark Horse reissued the manga in 6 volumes, I was in college and had a job so I bought them as soon as they were released. It's awesome. It's like when you're 12 and you watch a movie but you want more and want to know what was going on in that one part with those other people and why that one guy did that one thing. Yea, the manga fills in those blanks.The story, the characters, the art and designs, it's all top shelf. 10,000 thumbs up! Some of it still makes no sense and is psychic mumbo-jumbo but again, I'm biased.

  • James
    2019-01-04 11:46

    (For Akira books 1-6)When the blurb says that this series is "one of the greatest works of graphic literature ever", I can assure you that it's no exaggeration... but then again, I'm probably pretty biased because Akira (the anime) has been my favourite film since forever.Akira is something on a scale I've never seen before. 2000 pages of lush detail, fast-paced and almost palpable action and some meta-physical nonsense mark it as a true epic. I don't even want to begin thinking about how long it took to produce these six volumes. After finally getting around to reading the entire series, I've come to see the movie adaptation as a short, sharp and sweet collection of some of the major scenes and themes of the graphic novels, rather than a straight adaptation. The six volume series represents, of course, a greatly expanded storyline and features a number of major differences in terms of characters and their motivations. These include the (view spoiler)[two major deaths of Neo-Tokyo, the death of Takashi, arrival of the Americans, use of SOL, Kaneda's mutation, Akira's physical presence, the rise of the Great Tokyo Empire, Miyako's temple (hide spoiler)] and more. The books feel so much more alive and colourful, almost chaotically so at points.It goes without saying, Akira is destruction porn on a whole 'nother level. I've never seen such gratuitous and lush depictions of explosions, psychic evens, laser-beams, nuclear detonations and body-horror flesh mutations... and I love it. I must say though, that after a number of them occur throughout the series, apocalyptic scenarios kind of lose their weight. It's easy to get desensitized to the madness of Akira but Otomo manages to step up the pace in almost every chapter, until the pen-ultimate act in book 6.There are a few pages of seemingly broken and slightly confusing action in the modern translation, but I can forgive these little glitches because they are fairly easy to get past.Akira deserves its five stars and glowing praise. Even decades later, I'm unaware of anything in graphic literature that even comes close to the scale and depth of this series. Couldn't recommend more for sci-fi lovers or graphic novel fans.

  • Paul
    2018-12-25 08:47

    The Akira series is over and it ended very climactically, but was it a good ending? The book has a pretty standard ending with the villain (Tetsuo) being defeated, leaving Kaneda and Kei to rule the great Tokyo empire together. The way this ending is reached is anything but standard, there are several different plans on how to take out Tetsuo and in the end the only thing that stops him is Akira’s intervention. There have been antagonists that were endearing, or that I felt sorry for because they were being controlled, but Tetsuo was kind of being controlled and kind of not so I ended up feeling both these things which made for a very emotional ending. In the end Kaneda didn’t play a huge part in destroying Tetsuo but the way what he does is portrayed makes you feel more for what he is doing than what Miayoka is doing with her plan that actually worked. The characters are what made the entire Akira series great and them being amazing drove the ending which made it exceptional.

  • ダンカン
    2019-01-02 08:43

    One of the Best Manga Science Fiction Ever Published. If there is one thing when it comes to anime, people will always remember Akira. When it comes to manga, this is a one read people should invested on. I love Akira personally because of its sheer epic story of man versus Godhood and any thing that writes about power, this is the book people of all reader types should read. 30 years ago in 1992, an explosion in Japan cause the beginning of World War III. In 2028, Tokyo has become Neo-Tokyo, a place where society is on the rise of political distrust and Japan's top secret military army is trying to prevent one of its biggest secret to leak out to the world... until an accident on a highway towards where the origin of the explosion starts a chain of events that will lead to... Akira. Two friends (Kaneda & Tetsuo) will be fighting for their lives on friendship, love and the fate of Japan. I love Akira ever since its anime was released in 1989. When I watched it, I was floored by its cell animation, its story and its science fiction action dystopian future. I never knew there was a manga series (but that was after I read Yukito Kishiro's Battle Angel Alita, and it still is one of my favorite mangas of all time, next to Akira) and it took me a while to finally waited long enough to get the compilation series in six volumes and read it at one go. This to me... is nothing more than one of the best sci-fi manga series ever written and drawn. There is so much to explore here and so much to love. Not many authors or creators these days are bold enough to write some thing this good and this is one of the best 1200 over pages I have ever read. Yes, there are some issues on the book that is overlook and not answered at all but to much of its own, it has answered a lot when it comes to its main story, not the back story. For me, if you want to pick up a manga title and its your first time ever - this is the manga series to invest on.  p/s: Lately my reviews are getting shorter and shorter in writing. I would definitely explore back and write more if I had time.

  • jeremiah
    2019-01-17 10:47

    So. Good.Was only planning on finishing Volume 5 last night before bed, but stayed up to finish this last volume. The tone of the story changes significantly about a third to maybe halfway through the series. More... psychedelic? Definitely more apocalyptic. At first I wasn't sure I liked the changes... ended up really liking the story though. The movie is only so loosely related to these graphic novels... Glad to have finally read these in their entirety.

  • Naomi
    2019-01-07 09:25

    That was fucking heavy.

  • Dan
    2019-01-21 10:41

    The movie was very influential on me when I saw it as a kid years ago, and the manga does not disappoint. Although the movie is dazzling, this 2000+ page comic book is better in every way. There is more depth to its treatment of the story and the characters and when things get cosmic, as they often do towards the end, coherence is not lost in a sea of explosions and geysers of blood as in the movie. The artwork is just as stunning here, though I would of course prefer to see the images moving and hear the dialogue spoken, this being a graphic novel. That said, there is just more of everything here, including a massive section of plot that would conceivably take place in the movie after the credits roll -- and that difference is everything. This is perhaps the essential manga/anime for those wary of the genre, with all its cutesy hyper-detailed eyes on the one hand, and its grotesque gore and sexuality on the other. Akira's characters look Japanese, and despite its comic origins, feels more realistic. It is very violent but also has a streak of dark humor that humanizes its sometimes bleak outlook. My only concern is that, had Katsuhiro Otomo written a novel, instead of indulging manga readers' tastes for gun battles and explosions, he might have produced something more transcendent, perhaps Japan's definitive dystopian work, taking on as it does the nuclear holocaust of WWII. I mean the format may have held back Otomo's genius, high as it does reach despite comic book conventions. As it stands, Akira's hundreds of pages go by in a flash, and if you've only seen the movie, insane as it is, the book is infinitely more rewarding.

  • Helmut
    2018-12-24 10:53

    Musste es so enden?Tetsuo kann seine Kraft nicht mehr kontrollieren: Die Spontanmutationen, die ihn quälen, sprengen jedes Vorstellungsvermögen und treiben ihn in den Wahnsinn. Gemeinsam versuchen die anderen Mutanten mit Hilfe aller anderen Protagonisten, ihn vor dem totalen Ausbruch der Katastrophe zu bewahren - inklusive der Bomberflotte und Kampfsatelliten der Amerikaner, und dem so harmlos wirkenden Akira...Ja, meine Zusammenfassung oben hört sich sehr verwaschen und ungenau an. Leider liest sich dieser letzte Band der Serie auch so; da gibt es nichts mehr zu verstehen, keine Auflösung des Spannungsbogens, keinen erzählerischen Abschluss. Stattdessen verliert sich dieser Band in immer noch mehr Explosionen, noch mehr Zerstörung und noch weniger verständlichen Andeutungen über das, was dort in Neu-Tokyo passiert.Wäre da nicht die beeindruckende zeichnerische Leistung, die die zerstörte Stadt in einem Detailgrad zeigt, der einem hin und wieder den Atem stocken lässt - obwohl die Reihe mir durchaus bis hierher zu gefallen wusste, bleibt dies ein für mich äußerst unbefriedigendes Ende, das der eh schon an wundersamen Handlungslöchern gespickten Reihe noch die Krone aufsetzt und völlig unglaubwürdig so überhaupt nicht zur bisher erzählten Geschichte passt. Als hätte ein anderer Autor am Ende den Schluss geschrieben, ohne die Vorgeschichte zu kennen.Schade. Ich hatte hier ein tolles Finale erwartet und fühle mich als Leser etwas an der Nase herumgeführt. So bleibt die Erinnerung an die ersten 5 Bände, vor allem an den grandiosen ersten Band.

  • Eric
    2018-12-31 09:44

    (I read Akira in one huge go over a weekend, so I will be cutting and pasting this review for all 6 volumes)Akira is an epic work of science fiction sequential art. The storyline is complex and consistent. There is social commentary, ethical musing, and morality woven through an action packed storyline of science gone wrong. The "romance" portion of the story is believable as well. The two characters are drawn to one another over time, and the world doesn't stop for them to wallow in their newfound twitterpatedness.The art is beautiful, especially the detailed cityscapes and technical drawings. The main characters were easy to recognize, regardless of their circumstances or outfits, which is not true of many manga.My complaints about the work are small. The placement of speech bubbles, particularly when characters are shouting, was not always clear. The foreign characters were really just Japanese with funny hats on. The difference between Akira and Tetsuo at the height of their powers is never really explained.I first became aware of the manga because I was a fan of the anime. The manga is far more complex and satisfying.

  • Lucas
    2019-01-15 06:26

    The last half or third of this series is not as good as the earlier parts, and starts to get repetitive- how many times is Neo Tokyo going to be destroyed, or a giant space laser going to be used ineffectually? The anime version was wise to condense the later parts down. The conclusion is unsatisfying, clearly there wasn't a plan from the beginning of the series to where anything was going and Otomo just bestows the god powers of the author onto his characters to have any kind of ending at all.What should a 'live action' (or live actor, animated action would be more accurate to describe the movies of today) movie do with this? Widespread city destruction and giant beams in the sky appear in movies almost on a monthly basis, and the government psionic research program on children was appropriated by Stranger Things- but the kids-against-the-world thing still can be used to great effect. Futuristic motorcycles racing down the streets of a living and breathing Neo Tokyo are fine to keep in. Making the main characters more likable would be an acceptable change. We don't see a lot of giant fleshy blob creatures in mainstream cinema, that can stay.

  • Marcos Francisco Muñoz
    2019-01-12 08:39

    Lo terminé. Y estoy seguro que lo leeré de nuevo muy pronto."AKIRA" es más que un manga (y que el anime que fue producido en el '89). La historia es tan absorbente que la españolísima traducción (de los primeros tomos, al menos) no me distrajo en absoluto. Se puede observar la evolución del arte de Otomo, debido a que el manga se publicó desde el '82 al '91, mismo que va desde lo excelente a lo absolutamente impecable. Reseñar esta obra es algo que amerita más que un ensayo. Y no tengo el talento ni la paciencia necesaria para hacerlo. Lo único que puedo decir es que "AKIRA", como visor privilegiado de una cultura japonesa enfrentándose a las consecuencias de la bomba atómica (a través de la violencia, de la desconfianza de las figuras de poder y por supuesto, del arte) al formar una catársis kinética en lo estático; tiene un lugar muy bien ganado en el panteón no solo del manga, sino de la narrativa en general.

  • Sam
    2019-01-12 07:31

    I opened a page of this book late last night, and went to bed an hour or so later, having finished this final volume of Akira. Volume 6 didn't sweep me away as thoroughly as some earlier parts, but the epic scale and frenetic climax certainly overwhelmed my ability to put down Otomo's masterpiece. It's extremely difficult to keep conflicts relevant and believable past a threshold of scale and destructive potential. I prefer the life-sized battles of the earlier books, but came away satisfied with the penultimate and concluding combats of Akira.

  • Chris Drew
    2018-12-27 11:25

    This book is great. Nonstop action threaded through with thoughtfully constructed characters, dialogue, and plot. The art is rich and detail filled, and (it might be odd to mention but...) this book (and series) have the best comic book onomatopoeia I have ever encountered. Never has a book felt like so much of an auditory experience. If you are looking for an action packed sci-fi trip that doesn't feel completely shallow this is it. But you will absolutely want to read this series in order. There is too much going on and too many characters to just jump in.

  • Novoa W. Albert
    2019-01-17 11:37

    An amazing manga, it makes your head explode, a post apocalyptic story full of explosions, mass destruction and blood to black and white, and all of this revolves around a story of friendship.. I'll never forget: - Tetsuo!- Kaneda!..

  •  Δx Δp ≥ ½ ħ
    2019-01-12 03:30

    The BEST manga I've ever read. The GREATEST manga I've ever experienced. Mr Otomo is a master!

  • Jesse
    2019-01-06 03:46

    Best manga i've ever read. Dated, but amazing. So are a lot of things. If you've seen the movie, forget about it. The movie is a trailer for the comic. Brilliant.

  • Piotr
    2019-01-12 03:42

    boy, that was fun reread, after a decade... still one of the most epic SF ever created.

  • Joshua
    2019-01-17 06:45

    Akira, as an entire series, is a wonder to me, but one which reminds me why I read graphic novels in the first place. As a series Akira pushes the reader to take their time and pay attention to small details in the landscape, to the structure of a military helicopter, to the folds of skin and wire that become the "body" of Tetsuo in the final confrontations, to the perspectives that are carefully laid out in rooms and the ruined city-scapes. Akira pushes the reader to question what is the nature of real power, and whether or not human beings are ever able to really comprehend the potential that exists within the universe. Akira pushes the reader to consider the nature of reality, and the way in which people react to dramatic changes in their culture and environment. Akira pushes the reader to consider the dynamics of sexual relationships, and how women tend to suffer the lusts of men.These details enhance the world while the characters, who always manage to retain their personalities and never become archetypes. Kaneda and Tetsuo and Kei grow and change over the course of the books, but by the end I never felt as if they were sacrificed for the sake of exploring an idea of concept. Katsuhiro Otomo manages to make Akira a book about people who find themselves in unique and dramatic situations, rather than just allow his characters to be replacements for ideas and feelings.But if the reader really needs one excuse to read this series then I have to go back to the idea of power, because so much of Akira is about the real power of energy and how human beings, despite their intelligence and cultural development, still are left hopeless in the face of the real power that governs the universe. The shadow of nuclear weapons haunts the pages of Akira, and as the reader observes the ruins of Neo-Tokyo, and the singularity events which swallow up the world, the reader becomes aware that human life in the face of the enormity of creation is nothing. But this isn't a gloomy perspective because Otmo's aesthetic is hopefully. Even in the face of so much power, human beings find some kind of solace in interpersonal relationships. It may not be satellite from space which can fire lasers which can destroy entire cities, but when considered against the infinity of the cosmos, it's some kind of solace.Akira is an exploration of power, and it's a reminder why the reader should graphic novels a chance.

  • Casey
    2018-12-25 09:45

    Years ago I saw the Akira anime film and thought it was great. I got the graphic novel set, but could only make it through the first 3 volumes before I lost interest. Since then my tastes have changed a lot, and when I saw the set sitting in my old room at my parents' house last week I was like, "Damn, I could probably sell those on eBay!" So I listed them a few days ago. On a whim I was like, I might as well read these before I have to ship them out since I'm probably not going to own them again. Pretty much the opposite of my teenage reaction occurred. The first 3 volumes were really not too great, and then I was little blown away by the last 3. I'm kind of sad that I am selling them now, but they already have bids and I reeeeally need the money.I'm not usually one for action-heavy books, films, etc., but this will live as an exception to that. The amount of sheer, cataclysmic destruction in this story in mind-boggling. Yet throughout it all the true gems in this series are the characters. I kind of hated the main character, Kaneda, all the way through, but that's because he (realistically) never rose to much more than an insolent punk. A brave punk, but still just a little shit. Which is great, because If he had changed it wouldn't have felt so real. On the other hand I absolutely fell in love with several of the women in the story and I don't know when I last read a character who was stronger or more courageous and alive than Kei.Anyway, the power of the universe is deep inside all of our atoms. Sweet.

  • Alexander Engel-Hodgkinson
    2019-01-05 11:37

    4.8/5Finally got around to reading the conclusive volume of this epic story, and it did not disappoint! Otomo's artwork is the best I've ever seen in the entire manga medium, and his story reaches epic new heights that many other works have later tried to match or at least imitate, to no avail. I won't describe anything here like I have in previous volumes just to avoid spoilers, but do yourself a favour and read this immediately!The grand-scale story, the characters and the impossible challenges they face--Otomo knows how to keep the tension by showing us how easy it is to suddenly die from anything going on even remotely close to ground zero. On that note, however, it does become clear which characters he wants to keep alive by the end considering how impossibly lucky the circumstances concerning how they survived this situation and that situation are, but it doesn't detract much from the overall work. That's pretty much my only quibble with this final volume. Other than that, Akira is widely regarded as a masterpiece for a very good reason. It should be in every manga/anime fan's collection, or at the very least, it should be seen by all of them

  • Robert Timmons
    2019-01-12 07:41

    Akira is a Japanese manga set in a post-apocalyptic Tokyo. Unlike other post-apocalyptic stories though this is more of a cyber-punk story and less survivalist/zombie story which is what most post-apocalyptic stories are. .Given it's over 2000 pages long, it's hard to summarise but it tells the story of some members of a biker gang who come into contact with a telekinetic child. This starts a chain reaction of events which lead to atomic disasters. While a lot of the story is chase-based it does look at some interesting themes. The art is brilliant in this story and really carries the book as there are a number of instances when consecutive pages have no words. .Any references to this manga, that I've read always include a statement that it is genre defining or Miler's Dark Knight for manga in terms of industry changing. .Going to grab the anime soon which I've also seen rave reviews. If anyone is interested in trying some manga, I would highly recommend this, 5 stars ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

  • Andrew Hall
    2019-01-16 08:28

    Going six-volumes deep felt like quite the commitment up front, especially since I knew very little about this world when I began. It is surprising considering the massive impact the Akira series has had on literature and film these last several decades, and yet I had never really run into Akira before. And now that I have finished the sixth volume, I must say that it was a journey unlike any I have taken... the depth and breadth of scope this series had is remarkable. It is more than just a pillar in the world of manga and graphic novels, it feels like the forefather upon which so much else has been created. I loved every moment of reading it, and I already miss the characters.If you have not sat down and made he commitment to read all six volumes, do it. Today. Just start. I assure you you won’t stop.Akira lives!

  • Brynna
    2019-01-21 09:40

    These are some of the most incredible graphic novels I've ever read in my life. If you are looking for something that contains depth of character, well developed storyline, incredible imagination, and spectacular art, you've found it. Akira pulls no punches and is not interested in playing it safe - it'll grip you from start to finish and have you itching for more. I highly recommend pacing yourself with these. I was so excited to read the next one that I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. Because my local library at the time had a waiting list for them, it forced me to be patient. This is how I would advise you read them - in chunks. Savor them like a good dessert or wine, because you will have a LOT to think about.

  • Vaughn
    2019-01-12 09:29

    This was an excellent finish to a phenomenal set of graphic novels. This series as a whole is consistently brilliant and consistently epic. Every volume tops the last in terms of action and every character and sub plot is well developed and delivered. In addition, the changes between the movie and the manga could fill an essay so if you have seen the film and think you know the full story then by all means pick this up and prepare to be blown away.Absolutely one of my favourite manga series and 100% recommended if you enjoy graphic novels, especially fast paced ones with very heavy and lofty themes and ideas.

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    2019-01-09 07:52


  • Nigel
    2018-12-29 08:37

    Furious action rips across the page as Kaneda and Tetsuo clash in the olympic stadium. There are also special forces armed with bio-weapons and bikers with machine guns and Akira-worshipping junkies and a fleet of bomber planes and a trio of psychics exerting their power through Kei and the Major armed with a whole freakin' space laser. Kaneda's got a laser rifle and Tetsuo is transforming into a monstrosity and his powers are starting to resonate with Akira's which will probably blow up the world and there's ANOTHER freakin' space laser and the whole thing is epic destruction on a massive scale, horrifying and beautiful.