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Cover Book Name Chapter List Comment
地獄星レミナ
Hellstar Lemina
  • 第1話/おぞましき星
  • 第2話/美少年狩り
  • 第3話/疫病神
  • 第4話/舌の影
  • 第5話/舐める星
  • 第6話/果てしない真空
  • 第7話/億万ぼっち
  • Not crazy about the SF inclinations of the Remina saga, but Okumanbochi recalls more conventional Junji Ito, though falls short of being classic.
    [36 reviews]
    闇の声
    Voices in the Dark
  • 第1話/血をすする闇(The Blood-slurping Darkness)
  • 第2話/ゴールデンタイムの幽霊(The Ghosts of Golden Time)
  • 第3話/轟音(The Roar)
  • 第4話/お化け屋敷の謎(The Monster House)
  • 第5話/グリセリド(Glyceride)
  • 第6話/地縛者(The Earth-bound)
  • 第7話/死刑囚の呼鈴(The Ringing of the Convict)
  • A compilation of serials that appeared recently in the bimonthly Nemuki. Begins rather gruesomely with the tale of a girl who goes on a fast to regain the affections of her ex-boyfriend. In the process, she wins the attention a strange boy who pledges to fast for as long as she fasts. Strangely enough, she doesn't lose any weight, but the boy becomes more and more anemic and she wakes up every morning sprinkled with dots of blood. The second episode was around 30-40 pages long. The second episode is a story unrelated to the first about possessed stand-up comics who make people laugh without being funny. Not a great story, I don't think, but amusing social commentary just the same. Third episode was a run-of-the-mill ghost story. Glycerine is the gross-out standout story of the collection and The Earth-bound is the most melancholy and thoughtful. All in all a good collection. Nice to see Soichi again, too.
    [16 reviews]
    ミミの怪談
    Mimi's Ghost Stories
  • 第1話/隣の女(The Woman Next Door)
  • 第2話/草音(Sound of Grass)
  • 第3話/墓相(Graveman)
  • 第4話/海岸(The Seashore)
  • 第5話/ふたりぼっち(Just the Two of Us)
  • 第6話/矢の円(The Scarlet Circle)
  • ・とがき(Epilogue)
  • A new serial that appeared recentlyin Comic Flapper. The first two episodes were only four pages long and were excluded from the compilation (no loss). On the whole, I think that these comics represent some of Junji Ito's weaker efforts; while the drawing is consistently good, the stories themselves seem like typical campfire ghost stories and they lack the punch and surreal existential terror that Ito's better works inspire. The best story of the compilation is probably "The Scarlet Circle", about the discovery of a strange room beneath the family home that has a strange growing red mark on one of its walls, but that story as well has an arbitrary and unsatisfying (happy) conclusion that prevents it from joining Ito's classics. It's worth noting that the comics were created as a collaboration between Junji Ito and occult researcher Nakayama Ichiro. More information about the comic can be found in this interview from Da Vinci magazine.
    [6 reviews]
    Tomie 1
  • 富江
  • 富江 PART2
  • 地下室
  • 写真
  • 接吻
  • 屋敷
  • 復讐
  • 滝壷
  • 画家
  • ・とがき:伊藤潤二
  • The horror collection is being reissued (with new Tomie stories from Tomie: Again included) in pocketbook format and this is the first volume.
    [7 reviews]
    Tomie 2
  • 暗殺
  • 毛髪
  • 養女
  • 小指
  • 少年
  • もろみ
  • ベビーシッター
  • ・る集団
  • 通り魔
  • トップ・モデル
  • 老醜
  • The horror collection is being reissued (with new Tomie stories from Tomie: Again included) in pocketbook format and this is the second volume.
    [13 reviews]
    ギョ〜うごめく不気味〜
    Gyo - The Eerie Wriggle
    Part 2
  • 第11話/青白い華織(Blue-white Kaori)
  • 第12話/死臭の発明(The Invention of the Death Stench)
  • 第13話/後継者たち(The Successors)
  • 第14話/まとわりつく死臭(The Sticking Stench)
  • 第15話/死臭サーカス団(1)(The Stinking Circus 1)
  • 第16話/死臭サーカス団(2)(The Stinking Circus 2)
  • 第17話/第二研究室の死臭(The Second Smelly Lab)
  • 第18話/死臭空襲(Arial Stench)
  • 最終話/死臭の時代(Age of the Death Stench)
    特別収録 (Special Additions)
  • 大黒柱悲話(The Sad Story of the Founding Pillar)
  • 阿弥殻断層の怪(The Strange Story of the Ancient Husk Faultline)
  • The second Gyo book contains my least favourite two episodes; Tadashi's search for the mechanized gas producing animated corpse of his girlfriend takes him to a circus where an over-the-top ringmaster provides some useless exposition into the origins and nature of the gas being produced by the machines/organisms. After that things improve, and the story does seem to take on an interesting allegorical edge before ending in one of Junji Ito's typically brutal and affecting melancholy endings. Two extra short stories are included at the back, and while The Sad Story of the Founding Pillar just makes for filler, the final story is excellent.

    In The Strange Story of the Ancient Husk Faultline (sorry for the awkward translation), an earthquake uncovers a bizarre face of rock in the mountains with human-shaped holes burrowed into the surface. People, having seen these holes on TV, hike into the mountains and recognize that the shapes in the cliff match their own sillouettes; one by one, succumbing to a feeling of existential helplessness, they strip off their clothes and voluntarily entomb themselves. An excellent short story.
    [0 review]
    ギョ〜うごめく不気味〜
    Gyo - The Eerie Wriggle
    Part 1
  • 第1話/南海の死臭(Death Stench of the South Seas)
  • 第2話/浮遊する死臭(The Drifting Smell of Death)
  • 第3話/恐ろしい上陸(A Frightening Landing)
  • 第4話/ホオジロザメ侵入(Invasion of the Sharks)
  • 第5話/飛来 (The Flight Home)
  • 第6話/しのびよる死臭(The Stealthy Stink of Death)
  • 第7話/遺言(The Will)
  • 第8話/感染(Infection)
  • 第9話/死臭来襲(Invasion of the Death Stench 1)
  • 第10話/死臭来襲(2)(Invasion of the Death Stench 2)
  • Fish appear to be suddenly growing legs and crawling on to land in Okinawa. The walking fish stink of death and seem to follow a couple (Tadashi and Kaori) as they flee from Okinawa back to Tokyo. Kaori, Tadashi's girlfriend, is sickened by the smell of the walking fish, but one day finds herself underoing a strange transformation of her own... At first I was disappointed by this series, and even viewed in its entirety I don't think it has the power of Uzumaki, but it is interesting and increasingly vile and well worth the read. The episodes are a bit short at only 24 pages each, so it's certainly worth buying the collected volumes rather than purchasing the individual issues of Spirits in which they first appeared. The first volume of collected Gyo stories includes the first 10 episodes.
    [5 reviews]
    富江(Again)Part3
    Tomie 3
  • 少年
  • もろみ
  • ベビーシッター
  • ・る集団
  • 通り魔
  • トップモデル
  • 老醜
  • Tomie claims an elementary school boy, the workers of a sake brewery, a babysitter, a fan club, each other (!), a male fashion model (prequel to the previous episode), and the fashion model again (sequel). As previously stated, stories about Tomie can get a bit tedious after a while... Tomie: Rebirth did adapt the fourth story from this book quite well in the movie, though, and it was more interesting in that form.
    [13 reviews]
    うずまき1
    Uzumaki 3
  • 第13話/鬼のいる長屋
  • 第14話/蝶
  • 第15話/混沌
  • 第16話/続・混沌
  • 第17話/脱出
  • 第18話/迷路
  • A person turns into a spiral-callous-monster. In the wrecked town, people can now trigger twisters with nothing more than a sudden movement or a strong exhalation of air. People learn to ride these new twisters and also discover that snail meat tastes good... Kirie and Shuichi think to escape the town by sea, but are met by a whirlpool. They try to escape by forest, but Kirie's younger brother is transforming and they end up where they started. The town is a spiral and Kirie and Shuichi, instead of running, seek it's center and eventually give in to the spiral mania. The third book is almost as good as the first, doesn't have the dead weight of the second, and has a very beautifully melancholy ending.
    [5 reviews]
    うずまき1
    Uzumaki 2
  • 第 7話/びっくり・
  • 第 8話/ヒトマイマイ
  • 第 9話/黒い灯台
  • 第10話/蚊柱
  • 第11話/臍帯
  • 第12話/台風1号
  • 'Surprising people is my hobby'-boy gets surprised by a car - gruesome. People start turning into snails. The lighthouse becomes dark and claims a few teenagers. Kirie has a bizarre convalescence at the hospital with some affected women from the maternity ward. Typhoon #1 hits Japan and stays over the town. The second book of the Uzumaki series starts well, but the maternity ward has little to do with 'spiral-mania' and detracts from the progression of the story.
    [6 reviews]
    うずまき1
    Uzumaki 1
  • 第 1話/うずまきマニア・その一
  • 第 2話/うずまきマニア・その二
  • 第 3話/傷跡
  • 第 4話/窯変
  • 第 5話/ねじれた人々
  • 第 6話/巻髪
  • First Kirie's boyfriend's father becomes obsessed with spirals, leading ultimately to his death. Then his mother becomes ill with the spiral mania, leading to her death. A student in Kirie's school develops a vortex-like wound. Kirie's father, a potter, becomes obsessed with spirals and uses them in his work. A couple falls ill with the mania and twist around each other in a spiral. One of Kirie's classmates develops supernatural perm powers. An excellent first book in a fascinating series. The atmosphere is heavy and the psychological menace is real.
    [30 reviews]
    フランケンシュタイン
    Frankenstein
  • フランケンシュタイン (Frankenstein)
  • 地獄の人形葬 (A Doll's Hellish Burial)
  • リアルウンコノオモイデ (Memories of Real Shit)
  • Why did Junji Itou remake Frankenstein? I bought it to completely my collection but I can't be bothered to read it. A short history of Frankenstein and the movie adaptations is included at the end. I guess it's interesting insofar as it gives some insight about Junji Itou's influences, but I don't really care that much. The extra two stories are very short. (2002/8/1) I finally read it. It's actually quite good. I prefer his original stories, but I do think he did an excellent job of adapting Frankenstein just the same.
    [5 reviews]
    死びとの恋わずらい
    Lovesick Dead
  • 四つ辻の美少年 (The Beautiful Youth of the Intersections)
  • 悩む女 (The Anxious Woman)
  • 影 (Shadows)
  • 絶叫の夜 (Screams in the Night)
  • Single book follows the progression of a town obsessed with fortune telling. Slowly builds to a rather touching (and surprisingly unrevolting) conclusion.
    [12 reviews]
    トネルの奇譚
    The Story of the Mysterious Tunnel
  • 長い夢 (Long Dream)
  • トネルの奇譚 (The Story of the Mysterious Tunnel)
  • 銅像 (The Bronze Statue)
  • 浮遊物 (Drifting Spores)
  • 白砂村の血譚 (Blood Sickness of the White Sands Village)
  • An excellent book. Nagaiyume/Long Dream was adapted for a 60 minute television special by Higuchinsky, the same director who adapted Uzumaki for the cinema. The story of the Mysterious Tunnel is good but a bit banal following Long Dream and Bronze Statue is nothing special, but Drifting Spores is quite funny. Blood Sickness is quite chilling, though I think it should have ended page earlier.
    [1 review]
    サーカスが来た
    The Circus is Here
  • サーカスが来た (The Circus is Here)
  • 墓標の町 (Gravetown)
  • 隣の窓 (The Adjacent Window)
  • 怪奇ひきずり兄弟・次女の恋人 (Sleuth Kids: The Second Daughter's Lover)
  • 怪奇ひきずり兄弟・降霊会 (Sleuth Kids: The Assembly of Fallen Ghosts)
  • The Circus is Here is simplistic and over-the-top, but despite all of that it leaves you with a heavy heart. Gravetown also has a very unlikely premise and strangely motivated characters but builds to a strong climax.
    [1 review]
    いじめっ娘
    The Bully
  • いじめっ娘 (The Bully)
  • 脱走兵のいる家 (House of the Deserter)
  • 父の心 (Father's Heart)
  • 記憶 (Memory)
  • 路地・ (The Back Alley)
  • シナリオどうりの恋 (Love by the Book)
  • 土の中 (In the Soil)
  • Love by the Book was nice. The Bully was tacky, with a forced conclusion which reminded me of any poor episode from the new Outer Limits. Memory was quite frightening most of the way through but had a tacky ending. The Back Alley was more Outer Limits material.
    [3 reviews]
    道のない街
    The Town without Streets
  • 道のない街 (The Town Without Streets)
  • 異常接近! (Near miss!)
  • 地図の町 (Maptown)
  • サイレンの村 (Village of the Siren)
  • 超自然転校生 (The Supernatural Transfer Student)
  • I really like The Town Without Streets, but the rest are just the usual fare. Near Miss is about an airplane accident and reminds me a bit of Heavy Metal.
    [2 reviews]
    あやつりの屋敷
    House of the Marionettes
  • アイスクリームバス (Ice Cream Bus)
  • 仲間の家 (Gang House)
  • 煙草会 (The Smoking Club)
  • 中古レコード (Second-hand Record)
  • 睡魔の部屋 (The Sleeping Room)
  • 贈る人 (The Gift Bearer)
  • ・やつりの屋敷 (House of the Marionettes)
  • Ice Cream Bus is tacky, Gang House uninspired, Smoking Club boring but The Sleeping Room was pleasant enough and the final House of Marionettes had a fun (if squandered) premise. Again I wish that Junji Ito had stayed away from magic and gone with a purely psychological scare.
    [1 review]
    首幻想
    Hallucinations
  • 首幻想 (Hallucinations)
  • 生霊の沼 (Bog of the Living Dead)
  • ペンフレンド (Penpal)
  • 押し切り異談 (Further Tales of Oshikiri)
  • 押し切り異談・壁 (Further Tales of Oshikiri: The Wall)
  • Oshikiri is another one of Junji's successful reoccuring characters. Oshikiri's parents are both living overseas, and he is left alone to live in their giant mansion. The first episode finds Oshikiri hallucinating and wondering if he has just killed his best friend, and throughout the other stories we discover that the house hides many secrets and Oshikiri's parents may never be coming home. The whole book is quite good and I wish it were longer, but it seems that Junji Ito pretty much wrapped things up with the last episode - certainly there is nothing left unresolved about the house.
    [1 review]
    血玉樹
    Blood-bubble Bushes
  • 血玉樹 (Blood-bubble Bushes)
  • 絶えがたい迷路 (Unbearable Labyrinth)
  • リアナメータの剣 (Sword of the Re-animator)
  • 遺書 (The Will)
  • 橋 (The Bridge)
  • 悪魔の理論 (Demonology)
  • 祖部屋 (The Conversation Room)
  • Blood-bubble Bushes (the episode) is really revolting and killed my appetite. Unbearable Labyrinth is a bit dull, and Sword of the Re-animator is unusually cartoonish for Junji Itou and lacks any real sense of horror. The Bridge, on the other hand, is very spooky and Demonology, while being very short, is quite good as well.
    [2 reviews]
    なめくじの少女
    Slug Girl
  • なめくじの少女 (Slug Girl)
  • 漂着物 (Out of Its Element)
  • 黴 (Mold)
  • 寒気 (Coldness)
  • 旅館 (Ryokan)
  • うめく排水管 (The Groaning Drain)
  • バイオハウス (Biohouse)
  • Run of the mill for Junji Itou, I think. There's a lot of fragmentary unease in this book (especially in the first three) but the stories don't serve to do much more than create a threatening environment. Kabi is my favourite, and elements of it were borrowed in the Lovesick Dead movie.
    [2 reviews]
    双一の呪い日記
    Souichi's Diary of Curses
  • 双一の勝手な呪い (Souichi's Selfish Curse)
  • 四重壁の部屋 (The Silent Room)
  • 棺桶 (The Coffin)
  • 噂 (Rumours)
  • ファッションモデル (Fashion Model)
  • This is one of my favourites of the horror collection. With the exception of the last story. Unlike his Diary of Delights, Souichi is an ineffectual idiot in these stories. His curses backfire and it's consequently quite funny. The last episode is a bit anticlimactic with Souichi meeting a rather incidental demise which, while appropriate for his incidental existance, is frustrating since we have grown to love him and worse still he's killed by one of Junji Ito's most bland creations. I hope Souichi isn't really dead and can appear later in a new episode.
    [4 reviews]
    双一の楽しい日記
    Souichi's Diary of Delights
  • 楽しい夏休み (Fun Summer Facation)
  • 楽しい冬休み (Fun Winter Vacation)
  • 双一の楽しい日記 (Souichi's Diary of Delights)
  • 双一の家庭訪問 (Souichi's Home Tutor)
  • 布製教師 (Cloth Teachers)
  • 双一の誕生日 (Souichi's Birthday)
  • Souichi is one of Junji's most famous and loved characters - an elementary school kid who likes to put curses on people and hold nails in between his gums and his libs to scare people. The Diary of Delights is good, but Souichi is a little too successful to be entirely convincing and I prefer his diary of curses better.
    [2 reviews]
    顔泥棒
    The Face Burglar
  • 顔泥棒 (The Face Burglar)
  • 案山子 (Scarecrow)
  • 落下 (Falling)
  • 赤い系 (The Red Line)
  • ご先祖さま (Our Honourable Ancestors)
  • 首吊り気球 (The Hanging Balloons)
  • Judging by the quality of the drawing, The Face Burglar must be one of Junji's earliest comics. Notable chapters in this book are Falling and The Hanging Baloons. Kakashi/Scarecrow was turned into a movie, but imo the comic version becomes a bit too camp partway through when the scarecrows actually start to move.
    [1 review]
    肉色の怪
    Flesh Coloured Horror
  • 屋根・の長い髪 (Long Hair in the Attic)
  • 許し (Permission/Forgiveness)
  • 蜂の巣 (The Bee Hive)
  • 薄命 (Dying Young)
  • 首のない彫刻 (Headless Statues)
  • 肉色の怪 (Flesh Coloured Horror)
  • Neither Long Hair nor Permission stand out as Junji Ito's more exciting work. Though they are both atmospheric and, typically of Junji Ito, open ended, they seem a bit more disjointed and incompletely than some of his other stories. The Bee Hive was a bit more complete (and slightly sickening) but lets down the premise a bit with an abrupt finish. Dying Young and Flesh Coloured Horror are my favourites of the book.
    [7 reviews]
    富江PART2
    Tomie Part 2
  • 富江PART2 (Tomie: Part 2)
  • 富江・地下室 (Tomie: Underground)
  • 富江・画家 (Tomie: The Artist)
  • 富江・暗殺 (Tomie: Assassination)
  • 富江・毛髪 (Tomie: Hair)
  • 富江・養女 (Tomie: Foster Daughter)
  • The Artist is quite good but the rest seemed a bit repetitive. What I found a bit strange was that in the first episodes of Tomie she is clearly the victim, but as time goes on she incites more and more violence in those around her until at the end (Tomie: Again - not in the Horror Collection), I think she actively seeks death in several of the episodes.
    [3 reviews]
    富江
    Tomie
  • 富江 (Tomie)
  • 富江・写真 (Tomie: The Picture)
  • 富江・接吻 (The Kiss of Tomie)
  • 富江・屋敷 (The Estate of Tomie)
  • 富江・復讐 (Tomie: Revenge)
  • 富江・滝壷 (Tomie: The Waterfall)
  • Every male who encounters Tomie becomes obsessed with her and eventually kills and dismembers her. But Tomie is not human, and is always reborn.. and killed again. The first few episodes of Tomie are quite interesting, but they get less and less so. Apparently the story is inspired by one of Junji Ito's classmates being killed in an accident when he was in Junior High School and at the time it felt to him like it would not be so strange if she showed up at school the next day.
    [3 reviews]
    Gyo
    Volume 2
  • Blue-white Kaori
  • The Invention of the Death Stench
  • The Successors
  • The Sticking Stench
  • The Stinking Circus 1
  • The Stinking Circus 2
  • The Second Smelly Lab
  • Arial Stench
  • Age of the Death Stench
  • Special Additions
  • The Sad Tale of the Principal Post
  • The Enigma of the Amigara Fault
  • The second Gyo book contains my least favourite two episodes; Tadashi's search for the mechanized gas producing animated corpse of his girlfriend takes him to a circus where an over-the-top ringmaster provides some useless exposition into the origins and nature of the gas being produced by the machines/organisms. After that things improve, and the story does seem to take on an interesting allegorical edge before ending in one of Junji Ito's typically brutal and affecting melancholy endings. Two extra short stories are included at the back, and while The Sad Story of the Founding Pillar just makes for filler, the final story is excellent.

    In The Enigma of the Amigara Fault, an earthquake uncovers a bizarre face of rock in the mountains with human-shaped holes burrowed into the surface. People, having seen these holes on TV, hike into the mountains and recognize that the shapes in the cliff match their own sillouettes; one by one, succumbing to a feeling of existential helplessness, they strip off their clothes and voluntarily entomb themselves. An excellent short story.
    [6 reviews]
    Gyo
    Volume 1
  • Death Stench of the South Seas
  • The Drifting Smell of Death
  • A Frightening Landing
  • Invasion of the Sharks
  • The Flight Home
  • The Stealthy Stink of Death
  • The Will
  • Infection
  • Invasion of the Death Stench
  • Invasion of the Death Stench 2
  • English edition, published August 2003. A glowing review has been posted at TheFourthRail.com.
    [6 reviews]
    Uzumaki
    Volume 3
    English edition. See description of Japanese Uzumaki.
    [10 reviews]
    Uzumaki
    Volume 2
    English edition. See description of Japanese Uzumaki.
    [8 reviews]
    Uzumaki
    Volume 1
    English edition. See description of Japanese Uzumaki.
    [17 reviews]
    Flesh Colored HorrorEnglish edition. See description of Japanese Flesh Colored Horror.
    [4 reviews]
    Tomie 1English edition. See description of Japanese Tomie 1.
    [13 reviews]