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The Terrifying World of Horror Manga Artist Junji Ito
Junji Ito is Japanese Horror Manga at its Finest!
Junji Ito is a Japanese horror manga artist most famous for his works Tomie, a story about a popular girl who refuses to die and can regenerate herself in terrifying ways, and Uzumaki, a series of tales of people who become obsessed (or possessed) with spirals, both of which have been made into Japanese horror films.
Junji Ito was born July 31, 1963 and had his first story published in 1987. His style is highly (and grotesquely) detailed with lots of contrast between black and white. Most of his works are short stories, or a series of shorts with a unifying theme. He sites Kazuo Umezu and H.P. Lovecraft among his influences.
Tomie is a long running manga featuring the weird stories of Tomie, a girl who captivates every man who sees her, and cannot die. Her tale begins with the eerie story of her classmates and teacher accidentally killing her. Rather than turn themselves in, they cut her up into 42 pieces (one for each student) and each student is instructed to dispose of their piece in a different location. After Tomie's funeral, she returns to class alive.
There have been several Tomie films adapted from the manga.
Tomie Movie Trailers
Uzumaki is the tale of a small town that experiences a series of strange events, all centering around the spiral shape. (Uzumaki means "spiral" in Japanese.)
Uzumaki Film Trailer - Watch the trailer for the Uzumaki film adaptation!
Uzumaki English Volumes - Shop the complete set of Uzumaki manga in English
Freaky fish start crawling out of the sea and attacking people! Gyo is set to become an animated OAV soon, which would make it the first of Junji Ito's work to be made into an anime.
Gyo also contains two bonus stories:
Mimi no Kaidan
Mimi no Kaidan is a series of short ghost stories based on Shin Mimibukuro by Kihara Hirokatsu. The main character is a girl named Mimi who is terrorized by various ghosts and hauntings throughout 6 stories.
Read Mimi no Kaidan online at MangaFox.
Yami no Koe
Read Yami no Koe online at MangaFox.
Read Hellstar Remina online at MangaFox.
Junji Ito's Cat Diary: Yon & Muu
A biographical comedy manga about Junji Ito and his fiance's cats.
Read Junji Ito's Cat Diary: Yon & Muu at MangaFox.
Black Paradox is my current favorite Junji Ito manga. It begins with the story of four strangers who meet in an online community. They decide to commit group suicide, but on their way to a remote location for their act, a series of strange events occur. Their story becomes more complex with the discovery of an unidentified gem, the Paradoxical Night.
Read Black Paradox online at MangaFox.
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The original pressings of Uzumaki and Gyo are pretty rare today!
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