• Horror Manga Review

    Sensor

    My Review: Cosmic horror and cults, two of some of my favorite themes of Junji Ito’s work. Sensor, originally titled Travelogue of the Succubus is a mish mash of ideas that tie together into a bizarre story. The first story starts with a beautiful young woman stumbles upon a haunted town that venerates the “angel hair” that falls from a nearby volcano, this story was wild but interesting.We must view the universe, appreciate it, sate ourselves on it. This manga started off as an idea that gradually evolved farther and farther away from its premise. Ito himself writes in his epilogue that the story was originally envisioned to be about…

  • Horror Manga Review

    Remina

    My Review: Remina has always been one of Ito’s most underrated gems, a classic example of science fiction and cosmic horror wrapped up in one wonderful little volume. After the discovery of a new planet that appeared out of a wormhole, humanity is initially excited. The scientist that discovers the wormhole names the planet after his beautiful teenage daughter Remina and the girl is instantly catapulted to stardom. Once they realize that the planet is moving toward Earth, destroying stars and planets along the way, the world is plunged into a state of madness and terror. It noticed our existence! The story is not subtle in criticizing society’s almost religious…

  • Manga Review

    Uzumaki

    Also by this author: Gyo, Tomie, Venus in the Blind Spot My Thoughts A horror manga about spirals – it sounds strange, doesn’t it? What makes Uzumaki so brilliant is that it takes something abstract and transforms it into the stuff of nightmares, utterly corrupting one of the most beautiful patterns in nature: the spiral. When I had first started reading this comic I was skeptical, how could a spiral be scary? There is nothing sinister about a spiral, just as there is nothing all that unusual about the town and its inhabitants. However, there is an air of unease that hangs over the mundane town, an evil far greater…