Mitsukazu Mihara: Haunted House

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"Meet Sabato Obiga, a hapless young teen trying to find himself in the world, which is made all but impossible by his frighteningly flamboyant family. Scaring away every girl he brings home, Sabato's family seems to revel in his misery -- but could there be more to their torment than meets the eye? Rest assured, Mihara-sensei keeps you guessing -- and giggling -- every step of the way!"

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An excellent story hook actually pays off in this amusing manga. Sabato is a "normal" teenage boy whose life has a big hitch: his family (mom, dad, two sisters) are all goth worshippers of the night who love nothing more than to freak him out. Time after time, Sabato brings girlfriends back to the house, only to have them run scared at the sight of goths in heavy makeup staging mock executions, dismembering dolls and engaging in all sorts of Adams Family–esque shenanigans. Most of the humor in this surprisingly funny volume derives from Sabato's hair-pulling frustration, which takes the usual adolescent complaints about one's family's power to embarrass to a new comic level. It's anyone's guess as to whether Sabato will learn a lesson about different ideas of normal after he's done running through all the available girls in his school and has run out of complaints about his playfully sadistic family. Mihara's artwork has a clean and condensed quality to it, while the book's already well-developed comic sensibility is highlighted by the helpfully quirky side notes inserted into the text to either explain relevant Japanese customs or simply point out something funny. (Nov.)
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From School Library Journal:

Grade 9 Up—Sabato Obiga is a hopeless romantic who is always falling head over heels for a pretty girl. If only his family weren't so strange, he is sure he could keep a steady girlfriend. Whenever he brings a date home, she flees in terror; his relatives are obsessed with death and bear a closer resemblance to the Addams family than to the Brady Bunch. After his 66th breakup, the teen is determined to get a job and move as far away from his parents as he can-but they have other plans for him. From first glance, with the menacing title and creepy cover art, this looks like a horror story, but what lies within is a rollicking comedy. Sabato's family members, while macabre, are funny and oddly endearing. Mihara's characters are lavishly drawn, with gothic Lolita-style attire and long flowing locks. Filled with fun pop-culture references, teen angst, kooky people, and cool costumes, Mihara's manga has something for most teens.—Jennifer Feigelman, Goshen Public Library and Historical Society, NY
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