Barbara Ikai (バルバラ異界 Barubara Ikai?, also known as Otherworld Barbara in English) is a science fiction manga by Moto Hagio. It is set in a near-future Japan, and begins with a girl, Jyujo Aoba, who has been in a coma since she was nine years old, who was discovered next to her parents' bodies, with their hearts inside her stomach.[1] To discover why she killed her parents, a specialist enters her coma dreams and finds that Jyujo is dreaming about and simultaneously creating the future.[2] Barbara Ikai was serialised in Shinshokan's Flowers between September 2002 and August 2005 and is collected in 4 volumes. Barbara Ikai won the 2006 Nihon SF Taisho Award,[3] and is the first manga that has won this award.[4] It is published in Traditional Chinese by Sharp Point Press.[5]


Hagio "wanted to do something about meat" when she created the story for Barbara Ikai, and felt that the story "turned out kind of gross".[6] Thorn felt that Hagio also used her interest in the right and left brain, and the origin of language. She read Noam Chomsky's Noam Chomsky on The Generative Enterprise, A discussion with Riny Hyybregts and Henk van Riemsdijk., Vilayanur S. Ramachandran's Phantoms in the Brain : Probing the Mysteries of the Human Mind, and Andrew B. Newberg's Why God Won’t Go Away: Brain Science and the Biology of Belief.[7]

Volume list

<tr style="border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF"><th style="width: 4%;">No.</th><th style="width: 48%;">Release date</th><th style="width: 48%;"> ISBN</th></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol01">01</td></td><td> 26 June, 2003[8]</td><td>ISBN 4091670415</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align: top; border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF;"><td colspan="3">
  • 01. (世界の中心であるわたし?)
  • 02. (眠り姫は眠る血とバラの中?)
  • 03. (公園で剣舞を舞ってはならない?)
  • 04. (彼の名は絶望 彼女の名は希望?)
  • 05. (エズラはどこへ消えた??)
  • 06. (六本木で会いましょう?)


<tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol02">02</td></td><td> 26 March, 2004[9]</td><td>ISBN 4091670423</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align: top; border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF;"><td colspan="3">
  • 07. (きみに肩車してあげた?)
  • 08. (冷蔵庫の中のわたしを食べて?)
  • 09. (火星の海で泳いでいた?)
  • 10. (お父さんお帰りなさい?)
  • 11. (お誕生日は同じ10月1日?)
  • 12. (東池袋カササギのパン屋?)


<tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol03">03</td></td><td> 20 December, 2004[10]</td><td>ISBN 4091670431</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align: top; border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF;"><td colspan="3">
  • 13. (長い長い遺伝子(ゲノム)の物語?)
  • 14. (大人にだってわからない?)
  • 15. (遠軽への遠い道?)
  • 16. (ひとつになりましょう?)
  • 17. (誰もあなたの名前を知らない?)
  • 18. (はじめてのことだから?)


<tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol04">04</td></td><td> 26 September, 2005[11]</td><td>ISBN 409167044X</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align: top; border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF;"><td colspan="3">
  • 19. (ずっとあなたを愛していた?)
  • 20. (死者からのメッセージ?)
  • 21. (バルバラ崩壊?)
  • 22. (花小金井ヒコバエ保育園?)
  • 23. (ぼくのキリヤをかえしてくれ?)
  • 24. (遠い昨日から遠い明日へ?)

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