New review at Girls in Capes: ASURA GIRL by Otaro Maijo

Asura-Girl-CoverI’ve got something new up at Girls in Capes!

Today’s review is for an adult literary/surrealist novel called ASURA GIRL, an award-winning Japanese novel by Otaro Maijo.  It follows a girl named Aiko, who is currently living in a town overrun with youth violence and a serial killer called the Round-and-Round Devil.

This book is really different from most books I’ve picked up, and I think fans of Battle Royale might enjoy it, though it’s a little on the literary end for my preferences.

An excerpt from the review:

I realized by the end of the third page that this book definitely wasn’t intended for what the US considers the teen market, though I wouldn’t be shocked if it worked for the Japanese market. The language is rough the way a scrappy teenager’s language is always rough, and the violent and sexual content makes it much better for older audiences.

You can check out the full review over at Girls in Capes.

(In case you were wondering: yes, I realize this is my second review on GiC this week, and yes, I finished both of these books the day the review went up, and yes, my head is spinning a bit from all of it.)


Published by Feliza

Feliza Casano is a writer and editor with a love of speculative fiction, graphic novels, and good books. She writes and edits at Girls in Capes ( and contributes to other websites on science fiction and fantasy topics.


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