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ぼぎわんが、来る | L36 (learnnatively.com)

Japanese blurb

第1巻の内容紹介: 映画化決定!!! 映画「来る」 監督:中島哲也 出演:岡田准一 黒木華 小松菜奈/松たか子/妻夫木聡 幸せな新婚生活を営んでいた田原秀樹の会社に、とある来訪者があった。取り次いだ後輩の伝言に戦慄する。それは生誕を目前にした娘・知紗の名前であった。正体不明の噛み傷を負った後輩は、入院先で憔悴してゆく。その後も秀樹の周囲に不審な電話やメールが届く。一連の怪異は、亡き祖父が恐れていた“ぼぎわん”という化け物の仕業なのだろうか? 愛する家族を守るため秀樹は伝手をたどり、比嘉真琴という女性霊媒師に出会う。真琴は田原家に通いはじめるが、迫り来る存在が極めて凶暴なものだと知る。はたして“ぼぎわん"の魔の手から、逃れることはできるのか……。怪談・都市伝説・民俗学――さまざまな要素を孕んだ空前絶後のノンストップ・ホラー!! 最終選考委員のみならず、予備選考委員もふくむすべての選考員が賞賛した第22回日本ホラー小説大賞〈大賞〉受賞作。

Automatically translated English blurb

Hideki Tahara’s company, where he was happily newly married, received a visitor. He is horrified by the message from a junior colleague who intercedes. It was the name of his daughter Chisa, who was about to be born. The junior employee, who had suffered an unidentified bite wound, became exhausted at the hospital. Afterwards, Hideki receives suspicious phone calls and emails around him. Could the series of strange occurrences be the work of a monster called “Bogiwan”, which his late grandfather had feared? In order to protect his beloved family, Hideki follows a trail and meets a female medium named Higa Makoto. Makoto begins to visit the Tahara family, but discovers that the looming presence is extremely ferocious. Can she escape the clutches of the “bogiwan”? … Ghost stories, urban legends, folklore - an unprecedented non-stop horror story filled with various elements! The winner of the 22nd Japan Horror Novel Award (Grand Prize), praised not only by the finalists but also by all the preliminary selection committee members.

(Translated with DeepL)

This is the debut work of 澤村伊智. It won the 22nd Japan Horror Novel Award (日本ホラー小説大賞 and became the start of a series. In 2018 it was made into a movie, titled 来る. There’s now also a manga series based on the novels. This is the same author who wrote 予言の島 | L37 (learnnatively.com), which we’ve read with the Wanikani Spooky Summer Club last summer.

Note that the ebook is currently on sale for only 75 yen on both Bookwalker and Amazon until Feb 22.

We will be reading this informally, which means you can join any time and read at whatever pace suits you. When you comment, make sure to use spoilers and to always mention up to where you’ve read (chapter, subchapter, page or percentage), so that other readers know when it’s safe to open spoilers.

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I’m hoping to join; hopefully I can read some this weekend.

Wow, didn’t know that. I need to get back to 予言の島 at some point.

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I’ll also hopefully start this during the weekend. Was planning to do so today, but apparently I miscalculated the number of hours in a day again…

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Not very much available reading time this weekend, but I started and read up to chapter 1.5. I was surprised at the beginning, I was expecting a slower build-up :joy:
For now all I can say is that it keeps my interest very well, I’d happily keep reading if I could. And that there’s a lot of Kansai ben in dialogue.

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Same here! I also haven’t had much time but managed to read up to chapter 4 and am appreciating how much action there is so far. I’m enjoying the author’s writing style and feel very drawn in already! :slightly_smiling_face:

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I just finished chapter 1 (page 143 or so).

Before I get into spoilers, I just wanted to say that I knew ぼぎわん sounded suspiciously close to bogeyman! :grin:

Spoilers for all of chapter 1:

So, wait what? Are we out of narrator now? I wasn’t expecting that this early at all!

It looks to me like we’ve been dealing with an unreliable narrator. For most of the chapter I was thinking how refreshing it is to finally see a good husband and father in a Japanese book, but is he really? Between his abusive grandfather, his crying grandmother stressing that he needs to take care of his wife, Makoto telling him he needs to be kind to his family and what we heard on the phone, I’m starting to think he’s not been telling us (or maybe even himself) the entire truth).

I think I’ll pause here to catch up with my other books (so many!), but I’m very much looking forward to see how the story continues.

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I haven’t had a lot of time to sit down and read lately, so I’ve been reading a few pages of this on my phone here and there when I have some silence and can concentrate. It probably has not been the best way to enjoy a fast-paced suspense story like this one, but it’s still enjoyable to read! :upside_down_face: I’ve finally completed chapter 1, though. My thoughts:

What happened to the main character at the end?! Is he…gone?! He seems to be a little suspicious himself, with little hints dropped here and there that he isn’t such a great husband or father. I’m wondering if the POV is going to change in the next chapter and it will be about how he’s a total jerk or something? Or maybe about why the ぼぎわん is chasing his family?? Poor 逢坂さん though, coming to help and then she gets attacked like that.

It’s also funny/interesting how the ぼぎわん came from the west and is derived from boogie man, but also seems like a typically Japanese evil spirit taking the form of a woman and wanting to bring victims to the mountain. East meets west. :laughing: It makes for a pretty scary enemy, though. Who wants to get bitten and end up like the main character’s 部下? Not me…

Really wondering what’s going to happen next! Onwards to chapter 2.

Agree! Highly suspicious.

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Finished up to chapter 2.4

My guess that the pov would change was correct! I’m actually enjoying the story even more now that it’s from the pov of Kana. It doesn’t feel like horror as much anymore (well, being married to that guy qualifies for horror), but it’s really interesting seeing all the events once more from her pov. I wonder if there is no ぼぎわん at all now, since Kana was the one who destroyed all the charms and protective things around their place? Or if it exists, maybe it’s a monster that preys on awful husbands (the grandma talked about 我慢 and such and gave marital advice in chapter 1, so I feel like that could make sense). In any case, Hideki’s behavior is a big yikes. :melting_face: