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A 14-year-old Florida girl reportedly told police she was inspired by Atsushi Ōkubo’s manga Soul Eater and the Internet legend Slender Man to set her house on fire while her mother and brother slept. Both escaped unharmed.
WTSP Channel 10 reports that when firefighters arrived early Thursday to the burning house in Port Richey, they found the woman and 9-year-old, but the teenager was unaccounted for. As rescue workers searched for the girl, her mother allegedly began receiving text messages from her that read, “Mom Im so sorry I dont know why I did it” and “Did any of u get hurt.”
Police soon apprehended the teen, who allegedly said she had a fight with her mother the night before, and was influenced by reading Soul Eater, a supernatural action-adventure that centers on a young death god in training who, along with her classmates, must collect the souls of 99 evil humans and one witch.
“There’s a part in this book where two characters get in a fight with each other,” Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco explained during a press conference. “All of a sudden that clicked something in her mind, and she decided she was going to kill her family.
In the past few months I’ve sampled a bunch of new manga series, and a noticed a common theme in a handful of them. While they weren’t at all what one could safely call horror comics, they all took elements from the horror genre—the monsters and other supernatural entities, specifically—and repurposed them into different types of narratives. Of the four discussed below, three are action/comedy narratives revolving around the supernatural, while another is more of a romance/political thriller with traditional Halloween “characters” like werewolves and vampires.
None of these series are brand-new, but rather are new to me and, given the focus of Robot 6, I’m assuming new to a lot of primarily super-comics readers who aren’t super manga-literate. Which is simply my way of saying don’t hate, Manga-Savvy Readers, I know you probably know all about all these already, and, Not Manga-Savvy Readers? Here are some manga series you might like to try.
They are all at different points in their U.S. publication and serialization, so, for the purposes of this article, I’m only going to discuss the first two volumes of each series. So join me after the jump for brief reviews of Blue Exorcist, Dance in the Vampire Bund, Soul Eater and Witch Hunter.