Genkaku Picasso

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Genkaku Picasso
Genkaku Picasso v1 cover.jpg
The cover of the first volume of Genkaku Picasso
Written by Usamaru Furuya
Published by Shueisha
English publisher
Magazine Jump Square
English magazine Shonen Jump (first chapter only)
Original run 20082010
Volumes 3
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Genkaku Picasso (幻覚ピカソ?, lit. "Hallucinatory Picasso") is a three-volume manga series by Usamaru Furuya. It was serialized in Shueisha's Jump Square magazine, with collected editions released in 2009–2010; an English edition was released by Viz Media in 2010–2011 in its Shonen Jump manga division.


The protagonist is Hikari Hamura, a 16-year-old high school student known as "Picasso" because of his drawing ability. Hikari is an eccentric introvert with only one friend, Chiaki Yamamoto. One day while Hikari and Chiaki are at the river sketching, a malfunctioning helicopter crashes into their location, killing her, but leaving Hikari miraculously unscathed. After recovering from the accident, Hikari finds that Chikari has been transformed into a miniature, winged version of herself, who lives in his pocket. Chiaki tells him that when the helicopter crashed she prayed for his survival, however in return for his life he must use his skills to draw people's "hearts", otherwise he will rot away. Although Hikari is reluctant to involve himself with others, he is persuaded by signs of rot on his arm to help his classmates. Each story deals with a different classmate (eight in total, with a ninth in the younger sister of one) with a personal problem; Hikari's drawings of the subject's "heart" manifest their psychological troubles as surreal allegories, and in order to help them with their issues Hikari and Chiaki must enter into the drawings to explore the classmate's psyche and figure out what the images mean.


Genkaku Picasso is written and illustrated by Usamaru Furuya, who based the main character on himself.[1] It was originally published in the publisher Shueisha's manga magazine Jump Square from its October 2008 issue to its May 2010 issue.[2][3] Shueisha collected the individual chapters into three collected volumes published between February 4, 2009 and June 4, 2010.[4][5][6]

Viz Media translated the series into English and published its three volumes under the Shonen Jump imprint from November 2, 2010 to May 3, 2011.[7][8][9] On March 27, 2012, Viz Media made the series available in digital format on its website and Viz Manga App for iOS.[10] The series was also published in English by Australian publisher Madman Entertainment;[11] in Italian by Star Comics,[12] in French by Tonkam,[13] and in Taiwanese by Tong Li Publishing.[14]


Genkaku Picasso was one of the four manga nominated by the Young Adult Library Services Association for its list of 2012 Great Graphic Novels for Teens;[15] however, it was not entered into the final list.[16]

Lissa Pattillo of Anime News Network (ANN) found the design and visual presentation of the first volume impressive, but worried that the plot will become repetitive.[17] Chris Kirby of also praised the art and the allegorical depictions of inner states in the first volume but felt that Hikari and Chiaki are underdeveloped and "merely act as plot devices".[18] Ain't It Cool News' Scott Green praised Furuya's "skill at rendering the surreal and transgressive", but felt that the characters' problems in the first volume are unrealistic but not strange enough to add to the surrealist nature of the work.[19]

Carlo Santos of ANN found the individual stories in the first volume gimmicky, but praised the different art-styles that Furuya uses and the series' surrealism and sense of humor;[20] in his review of the second volume he continued to appreciate the art and the characters but found the stories "repetitive and trite".[21] Santos nevertheless elected it one of the best manga published in the United States in 2011.[22] Leroy Douresseaux concurred that the surreal drawings of the character's inner states are a highlight of the first volume;[23] for the second volume he praised Furuya's "sharp" dialog and graphic storytelling.[24]


  1. ^ "Interview with Usamaru Furuya". Viz Media. January 24, 2012. Retrieved October 20, 2016. 
  2. ^ "幻覚ピカソ". (in Japanese). Shueisha. Retrieved October 20, 2016. 
  3. ^ "SQにて古屋兎丸「幻覚ピカソ」最終回。次号、遠藤達哉登場". (in Japanese). Natasha Inc. April 3, 2010. Retrieved October 20, 2016. 
  4. ^ "幻覚ピカソ 1" (in Japanese). Shueisha. Archived from the original on February 5, 2009. Retrieved October 20, 2016. 
  5. ^ "幻覚ピカソ 2" (in Japanese). Shueisha. Archived from the original on December 2, 2009. Retrieved October 20, 2016. 
  6. ^ "幻覚ピカソ 3" (in Japanese). Shueisha. Archived from the original on March 10, 2013. Retrieved October 20, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Genkaku Picasso, Volume 1". Viz Media. Retrieved October 20, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Genkaku Picasso, Volume 2". Viz Media. Retrieved October 20, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Genkaku Picasso, Volume 3". Viz Media. Retrieved October 20, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Viz Digital Adds Genkaku Picasso, TeniPuri, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's". Anime News Network. March 27, 2012. Retrieved October 20, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Genkaku Picasso (Manga) Vol. 03 (End)". Madman Entertainment. Archived from the original on October 6, 2015. Retrieved October 20, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Genkaku Picasso Numero 3" (in Italian). Star Comics. Retrieved October 20, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Usamaru Furuya chez Tonkam!" (in French). Manga-News. May 13, 2011. Retrieved October 20, 2016. 
  14. ^ "幻象畢卡索 (第3集)". Tong Li Online (in Chinese). Retrieved 20 October 2016. 
  15. ^ "4 More Manga Nominated for YALSA Teens' Graphic Novels". Anime News Network. July 12, 2011. Retrieved October 20, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Great Graphic Novels 2012". American Library Association. Retrieved October 20, 2016. 
  17. ^ Pattillio, Lisa (November 30, 2010). "Genkaku Picasso GN 1". Anime News Network. Retrieved October 4, 2011. 
  18. ^ Kirby, Chris (February 4, 2011). "Genkaku Picasso Vol. #01". Archived from the original on February 6, 2011. Retrieved October 4, 2011. 
  19. ^ Green, Scott (February 13, 2011). "AICN Anime - Checking Out the Latest From Manga, Blade of the Immortal, Gantz, Horror, Absurdity, Feminism and More". Cool News. Ain't It Cool News. Retrieved October 4, 2011. 
  20. ^ Santos, Carlo (November 23, 2010). "Exactly According to Genkaku". Right Turn Only. Anime News Network. Retrieved October 4, 2011. 
  21. ^ Santos, Carlo (March 15, 2011). "Soul Feud". Right Turn Only. Anime News Network. Retrieved October 4, 2011. 
  22. ^ Manry, Gia (July 23, 2011). "The Best and Worst Manga of 2011". Anime News Network. Retrieved October 20, 2016. 
  23. ^ Douresseaux, Leroy (November 13, 2010). "Genkaku Picasso: Volume 1". Comic Book Bin. Retrieved October 4, 2011. 
  24. ^ Douresseaux, Leroy (February 22, 2011). "Genkaku Picasso: Volume 2". Comic Book Bin. Retrieved October 4, 2011. 

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