Horrors of Ito Junji

Manga author Ito Junji truly brings stories worth of discovering for any horror manga fan. His drawings are simple, yet he makes them have more presence by using thick ink lines. Themes he uses are most of the time everyday angst inspired and he elevates them into supernatural after a twist to them (that is expecially present in his one-shots). Wheather you’re already into manga or just want to see what’s it all about, manga of Itou Junji makes appeal to mature audience with it’s creativity, broad range of themes and reached cult status.

I decided to present here those that I liked most and ones that you, my dear reader, might want to check out:

Tomie

Tomie

Story about high school kids who encounter very beautiful girl that comes into their lives out of nowhere. They can love her, hate her or kill her, but she will always return (and that’s what’s scary). Whoever liked popular Sadako this might just be a thing for them.

Ito Junji Kyoufu Manga Collection

Ito Junji Kyoufu Manga Collection - Ayatsuri no Yashiki

16 volumes (each containing 5-7 separate one-shots) long collection of horror short stories that were innitially published in “Hontou ni Atta Kowai Hanashi” mangazine. They are excellent pick for anybody who cherishes diversity and wants to be disturbed by contemporary Japanese horror.

Uzumaki

Uzumaki

This manga does not have monsters, ghosts, or serial killers… rather an phenomenon of sorts – Spirals. It is a manga about spirals and people in the small coastal town who see them often.  It is funny how something ordinary like that can be made into a scary story untill human psychology is added. Quite an original piece.

Gyo

Gyo

I consider this piece in particular “so bad it’s good”.  Story goes as this: young people on vacation in Okinawa start to notice that something stinks and soon afterwards they notice that dead fish are exiting the ocean and attacking. This was very enterntaining and funny read containing a healthy dose of disturbing and freaky.

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