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Old 10-27-2015   #11
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Re: Junji Ito thread

Cat Diary supposed to be coming out this week.

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Re: Junji Ito thread

There's another book called Dissolving Classroom coming January next year.

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Re: Junji Ito thread

Shiver: Junji Ito Selected Tales coming out in a week or two.

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Re: Junji Ito thread

Just when I finished purchasing 6 books this morning, a new Junji Ito will come out. Damn

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Re: Junji Ito thread

I've read the new Shiver collection. There are 10 stories (1 is a bonus), each has author's commentary and sketch included.

Used Record-about people becoming obsessed with a mysterious record. The story has an urban legend tone where real and unreal elements combine together. It's more about atmosphere.

Shiver-breathing holes with insects crawling within them. It's not the first time I've seen human holes in manga ( the other story is Shintaro Kago's Punctures) but the origin of these holes is different each time.

Fashion Model-a man is repulsed by the bizarre looks of a model in a magazine. Unfortunately, he ends up meeting her again in a film project. The model has the scariest face I have encountered in Ito's works. I will remember her face for some time.

Hanging Blimp-giant blimps in the shape of people's faces appear and hang them. Ito's drawing of the giant faces are horrifying in an appealing way.

Marionette Mansion-do puppet masters control the puppets or do puppets control the masters? The story is quite Ligottian.

Painter-the starting point of Tomie series. Tomie wants someone to capture her beauty in art, but every artist who attempts to do so has gone insane. I don't like the Tomie series but it can't be helped if Ito wants to put it in.

The Long Dream-a man suffers from his dreams becoming longer and longer though in real life they last only one second. The story and drawings make a good case for a dream sub specie aeterni.

Honored Ancestors-an amnesiac girl dreams about a giant caterpillar visiting her every night. She suspects her memory loss is related to the caterpillar and the boyfriend she has forgotten. The story is compelling but it has an anticlimactic ending.

Greased-horror variations on the theme of oil. Atmosphere is great. I can imagine the grease and sticky oil permeating the air and the suffocation of living there.

The 10th story is Fashion Model Bonus.

Overall, it's a good collection compiled by Junji Ito himself. I wish they'd translate Lovesick Dead already. It's one of Ito's best long series, in my opinion better than Tomie.

"Tell me how you want to die, and I'll tell you who you are. In other words, how do you fill out an empty life? With women, books, or worldly ambitions? No matter what you do, the starting point is boredom, and the end self-destruction. The emblem of our fate: the sky teeming with worms. Baudelaire taught me that life is the ecstasy of worms in the sun, and happiness the dance of worms."
---Tears and Saints, E. M. Cioran
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