In volume four of Yoshitoshi ABe’s tale of a young girl, Ryushika has an encounter with mortality (saying farewell to Buuuuuunnnnnn, a beloved refrigerator), explores the transience of existence tutored by a Taiko-Taiko-Revolution game, and meets her match in a staring contest on the subway.
Along the way, Hamu, her brother’s pet chameleon is Ryushika’s guide to the nocturnal world of lucid dreaming, and her family watches a movie.
The series is charming, surreal, and has a flavor of the word- and conceptual-games of Lewis Carroll.
The humor is primarily visual, but as always, Ryushika’s dialoge is in hiragana. Some of the adults around her use kanji. The books are easily read by anyone with a bit of Japanese grammar under their belt.