Screw Style

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A factory of the 1960s was drawn in this work.

"Screw Style" (ねじ式, Nejishiki) is a Japanese one-shot surreal psychological manga written and illustrated by essayist and cartoonist Yoshiharu Tsuge. It was published in the June 1968 issue of Garo magazine[1] and gained cult status among Japanese youth at the time.[2] It was subsequently translated into English by Bill Randall for the American magazine The Comics Journal for its February 2003 issue no. 250.[3] The manga was also adapted into a game for the Japanese PC-9800 and Sharp X68000 platforms in 1989.[4]

In 1998 Japanese film director Teruo Ishii adapted the manga into a live action film (also known as Wind-Up Type) starring Tadanobu Asano and Miki Fujitani.[5]


Futomi fishing port. The stage of the "Screw Style"

A young man arriving ashore in war-torn Japan is bitten by a jellyfish that pierces his artery. He enters a nearby village and goes around looking for help, meeting characters along the way who give him none. His search ends in his meeting with a female gynecologist who carries out a bizarre operation on him.

Style and Themes[edit]

"Screw Style" does not have a conventional plot, and like many of Tsuge's works for Garo post-"Numa" (1966), it has a dream-like ambiguous quality in the progress of the narrative and the artwork. All characters except the young man are drawn as if they are static. There are recurring motifs of eyes. It is one of Tsuge's 'dreamed stories' in origin as well. He is said to have based this manga on a dream he had while napping on the roof of his apartment building.[6][7] There have been various interpretations of the themes of the manga. At the start of the manga, the protagonist comes from the sea. At the end of it, he goes back into the sea. Some critics suggest this represents birth and death. It may also be argued that the takeaway is that no one gets anywhere no matter where they go.[7]


  1. ^ "Yoshiharu Tsuge's Nejishiki". Retrieved 2017-01-23.
  2. ^ Schodt, Frederik L. (2011). Dreamland Japan: Writings on Modern Manga. Stone Bridge Press, Inc. pp. 201–202. ISBN 978-1933330952.
  3. ^ "The Comics Journal No. 250, February 2003 | The Comics Journal". Retrieved 2017-01-23.
  4. ^ "Neji Shiki". GameSpot. Retrieved 2017-01-23.
  5. ^ Asano, Tadanobu; Fujitani, Miki; Fujimori, Yûko; Kanayama, Kazuhiko (1998-06-17), Neji-shiki, retrieved 2017-01-23
  6. ^ Journal, The Asia Pacific. "The Incident at Nishibeta Village: A Classic Manga by Tsuge Yoshiharu from the Garo Years | The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus". Retrieved 2017-01-24.
  7. ^ a b "The Comics Journal: Interviews". 2012-02-02. Archived from the original on 2012-02-02. Retrieved 2017-01-24.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)

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