Asian studies in Lithuania
Original language: Japanese
Translated from: English
Authors: Suzuki, Koji
Translated by: Olekaitė, Vytautė
Full translated source bibliographical description:

Koji Suzuki, Rasen, Kadokawa Shoten, 1995

ISBN: 9955-700-00-9
Published in: Kaunas
Published on: 2006
Publisher: Obuolys

Micuo Ando is a forensic expert, who is still struggling with his son‘s death. One day on his autopsy table arrives his old classmate Takayama Ryuji. While doing autopsy Ando found tumor in Ryuji‘s heart, which is believed to be his cause of death. But Ando is puzzled because the tumor appears to be similar to smallpox which was eradicated 30 years ago. Ando was even more surprised by newspaper piece that was poking through Ryuji‘s bell. Newspaper piece with various numbers reminded Ando of his friend‘s cryptography hobby. Finding the newspaper‘s numbers interesting, he tries to decode them. He decodes them and finds they spell:  r-i-n-g.

In search for word‘s meaning, Ando meets Ryuji‘s assistant and lover Takano Mai. She mentions him a mysterious videotape, which Ryuji watched before dying, and Asakawa Kazuyuki, who had close friendship with Ryuji. Later Ando learns that Asakawa’s wife and son died in a horrible accident. But the strangest thing is that Asakawa’s wife and son were already dead before car crash, also strange videotape recorder was found in a vehicle.

After finding all Asakawa’s documents, Ando learns that there is some kind of deathly DNA virus recorded in that videotape. And the first victim of that virus was psychic Yamamura Sadako. Ando wants to know more so he is trying to get help from Takano Mai. But her corpse was found in the ventilation shaft of a barely used office building. Takano Mai’s death scared Ando. Now Ando knows that only he can discover the secret of Yamamura Sadako and mysterious ring virus, and rescue mankind from evil.

Koji Suzuki was focused on details that play with human’s mind and make everything to seem like reality. Writer perfectly played not only with scientific details, but also with humans’ relationships and feelings.

Initiators of the project: Japan foundation VDU