Kazuo Umezz’s Orochi is just like Junji Ito’s Tomie in that the anthology sequence follows a mysterious girl of unknown origin who possesses supernatural talents. Like Tomie, loss of life and misfortune are likely to observe Orochi wherever she goes whether or not she’s the direct reason for it or not. Not like Tomie, nonetheless, Orochi isn’t out to destroy others’ lives. As a substitute, she tends to empathize with the individuals she meets and even intervenes at any time when she sees hassle. The draw back to Orochi’s interventions, nonetheless, is that she both will get blamed for the misfortunes that befall these she tries to assist, or she unwittingly makes conditions worse.
Having seemingly realized her lesson in Vol. 1, Orochi: The Excellent Version Vol. 2 finds Orochi taking a step again from getting immediately concerned within the lives of others, preferring to watch occasions as they occur from a protected distance. The query Vol. 2 posits is whether or not Orochi staying out of different individuals’s means really yields higher outcomes. Because the three tales featured on this quantity attest to, Orochi circuitously intervening is what allows the lethal abuse of very younger youngsters by grownup caretakers. That is the foremost recurring theme of the featured tales “Prodigy” and “Key,” whereas “Residence” explores the precise reverse situation.
When Yu turns into conscious of his personal origins, nonetheless, he comes to grasp the true nature of his mom’s relentless abuse and adjustments ways. Regardless of Orochi being conscious of the boy’s horrific circumstances, she chooses — for probably the most half — to remain out of the household’s means and permits the abuse to play out because it usually does. Orochi solely intervenes within the boy’s life when she experiences very temporary moments of sympathy towards him or when he’s in rapid hazard.