• 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

    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…

  • Manga Review

    Smashed

    Also by this author: Dissolving Classroom, Remina, The Art of Junji Ito: Twisted Visions Warnings: Body Horror My Thoughts I am so happy that this collection has been brought over to English, Smashed is another phenomenal collection by the talented Junji Ito. This volume combines two story collections, Yami no Koe and Shin Yami no Koe Kaiden. I had read the first of the two several years ago and enjoyed it, rating the book with four stars. I had always meant to read the second, and so I was pleased that this edition included both. I didn’t mind re-reading the stories that I had read previously, as Ito’s work is…

  • Manga Review

    Dissolving Classroom

    Also by this author: Shiver, Smashed, The Art of Junji Ito: Twisted Visions My Thoughts Dissolving Classroom is the story of a pair of siblings that bring misfortune to every person that they meet. Chizumi is a disturbed child that enjoys harassing people and her older brother Yuuma follows behind, abasing himself apologizing for his sister’s behavior. Yuuma apologizes so often it becomes irritating to the people around them, but little do they know that the harassment and apologies are the least of their concerns. “He prays to the Devil for forgiveness.” This manga was an interesting piece of occult horror that in the first chapter plays out in unexpected…