Nanami had sworn to never see her granddaughter, Aoba, again. A despairing Kiriya had rejected his father, Tokio. Yet now both are traveling with Tokio to Engaru, where Aoba has slept and dreamt of the island of Barbara for seven years. The poltergeist phenomena become more intense. Aoba seems desperate. Is her world coming to an end? And does that end mean the end of the world, one hundred years in the future? What is the connection between Ezra, Johannes Sera, Paris, Pine, and a senile old man called “Doctor Azzurro?” What truth hides in the ravings of an increasingly unhinged Akemi? In the end, it comes down to a father’s frantic efforts to save the life of his son. But...which son? Who is the dreamer and who is the dreamed? Can the dreamer become the dreamed, and the dreamed the dreamer?
This is the second (and concluding) volume in Moto Hagio’s critically acclaimed, monumental science fiction saga which won the “Nebula Award of Japan" (Nihon SG Taisho Award) in 2006.
"This Josei (adult women) manga by the famed Hagio (The Heart of Thomas) is equal parts memorable, odd, and beautiful, with a dreamlike narrative that explores dreams themselves." — Publishers Weekly
"I enjoyed the contrast between Hagio’s uncomplicated, light-filled artwork and the dark and weird story she told. Otherworld Barbara is definitely worth reading. Thank you, Fantagraphics, for releasing it!" — Soliloquy in Blue
"An engrossing read." — Slings & Arrows