In the latest English-language release from one of the most influential manga creators of all time, Tokio is a “dream pilot,” a detective who enters criminals’ dreams to discover their motives. While investigating Aoba, who killed her parents and ate their hearts when she was nine, he discovers a phantom island named Barbara. Then there’s a mysterious and missing geneticist, an eccentric clergyman, a grieving grandmother granted temporary youth, a psychologist killed by a freak tornado … Hagio offers a sci-fi explanation for these seemingly random paranormal elements, and makes it all matter with believable characters in complex and subtle relationships. Fantagraphics Books is proud to present the first volume (of two) of Moto Hagio’s Otherworld Barbara, which won the “Nebula Award of Japan” (Nihon SF Taish? Award) in 2006.