Yukie Sakai is a sprightly young home health aide eager to help her elderly clients. But what seems like a simple, straightforward job quickly turns into a series of increasingly surreal and bizarre adventures that put Yukie’s wits to the test! In one story, she reluctantly takes on the arduous task of caring for three elderly women singlehandedly. But when more and more sick and ailing women mysteriously appear in the house each day, she soon finds herself up to her neck (literally) in old people! In another, she discovers that her senile client has supernatural powers that, if unchecked, could bring about the end of the world! And in yet another, she must contend with a set of sentient dentures hell-bent on controlling elderly minds!
Shintaro Kago is one of the most inventive and twisted visual stylists in manga today. Well known for combining the traditional manga style with a hyper realistic illustration technique, his adventurous, even experimental visual storytelling approach, and his outrageously sexual and scatological subject matter, he single-handedly created his own genre referred to as “fashionable paranoia.” All of his trademark virtues (and vices) are on full display in Dementia 21, a veritable flood of outré, eerie, darkly comedic tales that strain the bounds of the imagination.
“Showing influences from Salvador Dali to Katsuhiro Otomo, the combination of Kago’s precise, expressive, and kinetic line work with his wacky storytelling is at turns engrossing and repulsive. Mature fans of unconventional manga will appreciate the surreal spiral of body horror, tragicomedy, and dark humor.” — Publishers Weekly
"Kago deftly combines realism and absurdity for a manga title that’s equal parts joyful, evocative, and jarring." — Adventures in Poor Taste
“Dementia 21 is a great way to introduce the world to Kago’s brilliant work. If you’re looking for amazing manga, look no further.” — Kitty Sneezes
"Charming, hilarious, and thought-provoking. Dementia 21 proves that Kago is a cutting satirist with a deft touch for black comedy." — Broken Frontier
"Dementia 21 revels in bodily irreverence and pushes corporeality to the limits of the imagination. It is a fine introduction to the strange world of Kago." — Run Spot Run