Review: Hella Chill Monsters, Vol. 1

Series: Hella Chill Monsters, Vol. 1
Author/Artist: Shuji Takeya
Publisher: Kodansha
Released: July 19, 2022
Received: NetGalley


We’ve heard hundreds of variations of what the afterlife can bring us. Now it’s time to see a new take on Limbo, aka Limbo City. To some, it’s a perfectly fine way to spend eternity. For others, like Bonzo Scalobania, it can get quite dull.

Bonzo wants to become a famous skeleton detective, which is rather hard in a place where no murders can occur. Not much of anything happens around here, and it’s starting to get to Bonzo. But he’s determined to find a case (and some thrills) no matter what!


I’ll confess, I picked up Hella Chill Monsters, Vol. 1 because I loved the cover. The colors and characters looked so cute; I couldn’t resist! However, the story inside really does hold up. It’s fun and a bit chaotic but in the best way possible.

Bonzo’s character steals the show, as to be expected. However, several other delightful characters help to flesh out this world (pun not intended, but very much appreciated). Without them, I don’t think the overall message would have been nearly so heartwarming.

If you get the chance to pick up and read Hella Chill Monsters, Vol. 1, I would strongly recommend doing so. It is cute, endearing, and heartwarming, with a side of paranormal chaos. In short, it’s pretty perfect.


  • Chill monsters
  • Humor
  • Paranormal
  • Fantastic character names
  • Undead
  • Heartwarming

Thanks to Kodansha and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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