• 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…

  • Manga Review

    Goth

    Warnings: Violence, Gore, Nudity My Thoughts Never have my hopes for a manga ever been dashed to this degree, Goth is one of the absolute worst mangas that I had ever read. Hot off the heels of finishing the original light novel, I decided to give the manga a try because of how much the novel had made me feel like I was reading an episode of an anime. I thought that the story structure and complex mysteries might have done well in the form of a manga, but I was sorely mistaken. Even if you were to take the manga on its own, it is only okay at best…

  • Manga Review

    Venus in the Blind Spot

    Also by this author: Frankenstein, No Longer Human, Shiver My Thoughts I am always overjoyed when I see another Junji Ito collection being brought over to English, Ito has such a large body of work and there are so many gems that there is always a wealth of great stories to read. Venus in the Blind Spot really is a “best of” collection and includes some of Ito’s strongest and most famous works as well as some one-shots that were published as standalone works in various magazines. This collection includes some of Ito’s most incisive critiques of Japanese culture. The Sad Tale of the Principal Post is a short but…

  • Manga Review

    Shiver

    Also by this author: Dissolving Classroom, Fragments of Horror, Junji Ito’s Cat Diary: Yon & Mu My Thoughts Shiver is a collection of Junji Ito’s personal picks for his best stories and I honestly have to agree. The one-shot’s chosen for this collection really are some of Ito’s all-time best. His commentary about his inspirations were a wonderful bonus and gives some insight into his creative process. Old favorites from previous collections such as Glyceride and The Hanging Balloons make an appearance in this collection and I was happy to see them included, as they are ones that have really stuck with me since I read them. One of the…

  • Horror Manga Review

    Ibitsu

    My Review: I’ve found my brother.Ibitsu is a horror manga about an urban legend, where a girl in a lolita outfit asks an unexpecting victim whether or not they have a little sister. Their fate rests on the answer that they provide in response. The premise for the urban legend brings Kuchisake-onna to mind, another Japanese urban legend about a spirit that asks passerby if she is attractive. The idea of the twisted lolita is a creation of modern culture, both lolita fashion and the little sister trope are popular in Japan. I appreciated the attempt at creating a modern urban legend, though at the start I found the whole…

  • Manga Review

    Suicide Club

    My Thoughts Based off of the cult film, Suicide Club, the distressing nature of this manga hits the reader hard and fast. A stunning thriller that is difficult to put down, I ended up reading it in one sitting. The story follows Kyoko as she watches the descent of her childhood best friend, Saya, the only survivor of mass suicide. Kyoko finds herself pulled deeper into the mysteries of a suicide cult as she attempts to save Saya. “How do you relate to yourself?” The scary part of this manga isn’t the gore, though it is very gory. No, the real horror here is psychological. Saya and the other girls…