Lovesickness: Junji Ito Story Collection

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Lovesickness: Junji Ito Story Collection

Lovesickness: Junji Ito Story Collection

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The novella’s main character is middle-school student Ryusuke, one of Itō’s typically secretive, passive protagonists. Ryusuke is returning to a nameless, mist-ridden Japanese town after eight years away. The townspeople have an old folk superstition: if you go to a crossroads, and ask the first person to appear to tell your fortune, the prediction will come true.

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Horror Manga-ka Juni Ito is remarkably productive. This is just one of several short story collections out in English translation in the last couple years alone. I might say that the ten stories here are not appreciably better or worse than other collections (so, 3 stars?) but the art continues to be amazing. Born in Gifu Prefecture in 1963, he was inspired from a young age by his older sister's drawing and Kazuo Umezu's comics and thus took an interest in drawing horror comics himself. Nevertheless, upon graduation he trained as a dental technician, and until the early 1990s he juggled his dental career with his increasingly successful hobby — even after being selected as the winner of the prestigious Umezu prize for horror manga. The Mansion of Phantom Pain is also a decent story about a young man who gets a job at a rich person’s house where he has to relieve the man’s son’s pain that has somehow, invisibly filled the mansion. This one’s a good example of Ito’s unique imagination - it’s something only he could come up with. I was hooked waiting to see where he’d take the story, and it was mostly interesting, though, again the ending is weak. The entire atmosphere of the main story is what really held me; it was eerie and unsettling in a very subtle way, with brief bursts of that in-your-face horror some people love. I really enjoyed the main character and his crush as they tried piecing together the clues behind the boy at the crossroads (competent horror leads are the best!!)


Released by VIZ as Remina for North America, omitting the extra story Billions Alone, likely because it was recently published in Venus in the Blind Spot. The Kafkaesque autobiography of a diplomat who compares himself to Grigori Rasputin, and what happens after he gets caught up in a political purge during the early 2000s. Written by Nagasaki Takashi, art by Junji Ito. At Anime Expo Lite, Viz Media announced that they licensed the series for English publication. [4] Viz Media released the volume on April 20, 2021. [1] Film [ edit ] I did quite enjoy The Strange Hikizuri Siblings. A short story about a very creepy and dysfunctional family. Every sibling gave off an uneasy vibe, and watching each one of them unfold until they displayed their psychotic side had me on the edge. It was definitely entertaining. This one is a short stories series in which the story takes place in a foggy small town. The mystery surrounding the seemingly inhuman, heartless beautiful boy is intriguing and I like how the story is played out with its own inner logic. Some of the plots and panels are rather over the top but in the end, they still look fitting and sense-making.

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This is a light novel written by Hirokatsu Kihara (木原浩勝), drawn by Junji Ito. Only the last chapter is in Manga Format, "The Summer Time Graduation Trip". Next up in this collection are the two Strange Hikizuri Siblings stories, Narumi’s Boyfriend and The Séance. Oct 28 NBA Star Rui Hachimura Gets Animated and Possibly Saves the World in New Crayon Shin-chan Episode

A picture book written by Tonarisoushichi, winner of the Ghost Story Picture Book Contest, Illustrated by Junji Ito. [5] Fukuda, Rika (April 12, 2013). "ネムキ後継誌Nemuki+創刊記念、「百鬼夜行抄」今市子インタビュー". Comic Natalie (in Japanese). Natasha, Inc . Retrieved May 22, 2022. Lately, school children have been following the custom. Sadly, some of those children have also been committing suicide - supposedly after having their fortunes told by an ethereal, dark haired, beautiful boy. His longest work, the three-volume Uzumaki, is about a town's obsession with spirals: people become variously fascinated with, terrified of, and consumed by the countless occurrences of the spiral in nature. Apart from the ghastly, convincingly-drawn deaths, the book projects an effective atmosphere of creeping fear as the town's inhabitants become less and less human, and more and more bizarre things begin to happen. There’s also a pair of manga about ‘the strange Hikizuri siblings’ – ‘Narumi’s Boyfriend’ and ‘The Séance’ – which have to rank among my least favourites of all the Ito I’ve read; this type of humour either works for you or really doesn’t, and I’m in the latter camp. (The loose ends left by ‘The Séance’ led me to assume there are further Hikizuri tales, but that doesn’t seem to be the case, making this another case of an oddly inconclusive ending.)

Does anyone understand the ending of lovesickness? : r/junjiito Does anyone understand the ending of lovesickness? : r/junjiito

The three final stories are The Mansion of Phantom Pain, The Rib Woman and Memories of Real Poop. The first two stories are the usual dark, horror, excellence with some amazingly gory imagery in The Rib Woman. 4 stars for those two! The last was incredibly daft, about shit literally lol. Could have easily been left out. The main character Ryusuke told a woman’s fortune at the crossroad when he was asked as a young boy. That ended in tragedy and he is haunted by the guilt. Especially as he grew up to know her niece. But, is the past still haunting him at the crossroads? Content warnings for: graphic and frequent portrayals of suicide, violence, self-harm, and murder, including infanticide and a woman forcing her own miscarriage through trauma

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That’s the novella’s primal scene of guilt, desire, despair, and self-annihilation. Itō doesn’t so much develop it as he just keeps restaging it with slightly different characters in slightly different poses. Every time you turn a corner in that town, you come upon the same drama of needy love, casual cruelty, and blood. Despite the stupidity of it, I was still initially hooked. However, as I kept going on, the story eventually became very repetitive and annoying. Some of the dialogues were also really cringey to read. Printed in English for North America by VIZ on August 18, 2020 - ISBN-10: 1974715477 as "Venus in the Blind Spot" The most common obsessions are with beauty, long hair, and beautiful girls, especially in his Tomie and Flesh-Colored Horror comic collections. For example: A girl's hair rebels against being cut off and runs off with her head; Girls deliberately catch a disease that makes them beautiful but then murder each other; a woman treats her skin with lotion so she can take it off and look at her muscles, but the skin dissolves and she tries to steal her sister's skin, etc.

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