In this final volume of No Longer Human, Yozo has been lulled into a sense of comfort with his new life and young wife. All that he holds dear is completely destroyed when he finds out that the person he loves is even potentially worse off than he. After his wife is sexually assualted by a business acquaintence, Yozo can no longer invision her as the beautiful pure woman that tamed his soul many months before. Now his wife is little more than a doll for charming men, and instead of confronting her or even devising a threat for divorse, Yozo simply moves on. But moving forward towards nothingness is not progess. It can only be seen as the end. From here on out Yozo's life is sub-human and when comic artist Usamaru Furuya realizes that, he is glad he has the opportunity to work and live his life as he pleases (even with the pressures of work constantly lurking).
About the Author
Usamaru Furuya was born in Tokyo, Japan on January 25th, 1968. A former member of the Osamu Tezuka Manga Correspondence Program, Furuya began to embrace subculture and the undergroud art scene at an early age. He was an early participant in the Tokyo version of the Le Theatre du Grand-Guignol creating puppets and set designs for their elaborate performances. After graduating from university, Usamaru turned his attention to the world of comics. His early projects combined the surreal with extremely modern political commentary winning him critical acclaim worldwide for his juxtapositions of Tokyo youth and their suit wearing salaryman counterparts. Since his debut in 1994, Furuya has gone to draw 16 titles for Japan's leading comics publishers Shogakukan and Shueisha (publishers of Shonen Jump).
“Everything is with purpose. There is not a wasted line of dialogue, the artwork provides subtext and details that enrich and enhance the story, and it is all done masterfully. No Longer Human is another home run winner from Vertical Inc., but one that I actually will find myself re-reading continuously for many years to come. Masterpiece! Grade: A+/A.” —Fandom Post
“The heights of emotion and passion are depicted with charcoal-tinted beauty… It is a deeply personal story brought to life by the pen of one of manga’s greats. From the very start it’s clear that we’re going to witness a bright, if extremely closed off young man go from riches to rags both materially and emotionally, but it’s the methods by which he does so that keep the pages turning.” —Otaku USA“Never have I read a manga which made me understand and feel what it meant to be no longer human… For a first volume, [No Longer Human, part 1] was beautiful and I loved it dearly to feel the need to write this. And how I wished it had garnered enough attention in Japan for it to merit some kind of award because personally, I felt Furuya deserved it… If darkness made me understand the other side of humanity, then I don’t mind sinking deeper.” —Otaku Champloo
“No Longer Human was a great read. Usamaru Furuya’s stylish and simultaneously unembellished artwork works seamlessly with the story… The poignancy of volume one’s last words lingers with me even now, leaving me eager to see what places both of mind and body we’ll experience in volume two.” —Kuriousity
“[No Longer Human] is essentially one long downward spiral for the character, but it’s not joyless as there’s hints of what his plans for the future are after he hits rock bottom at the end of this first volume… The overall storytelling is enough for me to recommend it to those looking for something different in the manga and comics diet.” —Glick’s Comics Picks
“Very successful… I really liked following Oba through this journey. No Longer Human is a thoughtful, sexy read, and it’s illustrated absolutely beautifully. I can’t imagine that Dazai wouldn’t be extremely proud of Furuya’s adaptation of his work.” —Comics-and-More
“Vertical has a strong track record for licensing thoughtful, provocative titles, and No Longer Human is no exception… It is very well written, and the art is crisp and full of the emotion that Yozo lacks. The fact that I read this in one sitting and was so caught up in the experiences of a character I did not like speaks volumes for Furuya’s skills.” —Manga Maniac Cafe