I ll add a detailed review later, but, in brief both this and the first volume of Tomie have the same problem that Uzumaki had a bunch of loosely connected stories with a less developed larger narrative Brilliant art, very disturbing and unsettling imagery and concepts Definitely not for the squeamish, or people who have issues with violence against women the two things are central to the plot s I find the second volume a little frustrating in that there was an opportunity to have some degree of resolution that Junji Ito decided against Still great stories and ideas but I would ve liked of a connection between them Still, if you like Lovecraft and you re not bothered by gore, you ll probably dig this 2 parter. Tomie ruins yet even lives This series keeps getting and twisted Think You Ve Seen About All There Is In Horror Maybe The Same Tired Concepts Of Phones Ringing And Mysterious Murders Is Getting A Bit Old Well, Then I Ve Got The Horror Manga For You Junji Ito, The Man Who Brought The World Uzumaki, Has One Of The Most Inspired Minds In Horror Today That S Why Dark Horse Manga Is Proud To Bring You From Ito S Museum Of Terror Series Continuing With His Makie Stories, About An Eternally Youthful And Perfectly Beautiful Girl Who Inpires People Committ Murder, Volume Two Promises To Invent New Ways To Shock You For Instance, Who D Have Thought Of Making Sake Out Of The Remains Of The Killed And Hammered To Mush Makie See It S Crazy Junji Ito Promises To Entertain You In The Most Cracked, Yet Pretty Ways Just as disturbing at the previous volume This volume though tends to drag on as all the stories revolve around the same titular victim haunting and engulfing her own victims and even engaging in a clone war with her own self The premise is becomes tedious at some points Still, big praise for Ito san for cranking out such a rich lore on just one urban legend. NOTHING nice ever happens in a Tomie story Nothing Lol Tomie is not my favorite of Ito s creations, but the stories in this volume were interesting than the first. My final horror manga for the Halloween season is Tomie Tomie is generally regarded as the genesis of Junji Ito s Kafka Lovecraft inspired body horror I am a huge fan of all his other work, but all of that is his later well known works like Gyo, and Hellstar Remina Since Tomie is his first work I had to read it.Instead of a running narrative like I thought were were going to get, we instead get a weird anthology set of stories Each story is generally a chapter or two, but they weave in an out at a certain point There is a loose running narrative of these characters as they interact with the being known as Tomie She is some sort of vague experiment creation or demon possessed girl Her origins are not very clear, which could annoy some given Ito s reputation of stale character development, but I got the idea that Tomie was eternal concept The idea of her being some sort of folk myth is very present in the collection of stories Most have a very violent parable type story structure Tomie meets a group of people or an individual, and either they or her end up brutally murdered by the end of it Mostly your typical teenage lust stuff directly out of a movie.I enjoyed Tomie, but it wasn t what I was expecting I wanted of a story I guess, but the anthology approach is interesting It has motivated me to track down the live action Tomie J Horror films after reading this There are some truly weird, surreal, and horrific panels of art in Tomie the giant birthing maggot woman thing being my favorite , but Ito s art has definitely gotten a whole lot better as he has progressed in his manga career The whole 2 volume run gets a three overall It s fun read, and a great addition to a horror shelf. I d read most of the Tomie stuff in the previous edition of English translations, but this release is much much better The art looks better, the translation reads fluidly enough so that I ll excuse the fact that it has a character say What the ding dong , and this second volume includes mostly stories that weren t in the original 2 volumes The original English releases had questionable translations, lousy quality paper with grainy reproductions of the artwork, and were reversed to read left to right I didn t really care for this stuff when I read it the first time because it seemed a little too formulaic, but for whatever reason I enjoyed it a lot this time around The stories are weird and sometimes a little wacky, but usually violent and gruesome, with some vicious twists, and incredible Ito art which is a lot mature in this volume than some of the stuff in the earlier stories.Well worth reading overall, and this new edition is nice enough to make me pick up the first Museum of Terror volume as well, even though I think I ve read everything in that one already Still good but over time became repetitive and even though innovation was had in some stories, in some it wasn t Still loved it though Just a bit cumbersome to read so much Tomie at once. Sinister stuff Top notch manga.
Born in Gifu Prefecture in 1963, he was inspired from a young age by his older sister s drawing and Kazuo Umezu s comics and thus took an interest in drawing horror comics himself Nevertheless, upon graduation he trained as a dental technician, and until the early 1990s he juggled his dental career with his increasingly successful hobby even after being selected as the winner of the prestigious Umezu prize for horror manga.The most common obsessions are with beauty, long hair, and beautiful girls, especially in his Tomie and Flesh Colored Horror comic collections For example A girl s hair rebels against being cut off and runs off with her head Girls deliberately catch a disease that makes them beautiful but then murder each other a woman treats her skin with lotion so she can take it off and look at her muscles, but the skin dissolves and she tries to steal her sister s skin, etc.Ito s universe is also very cruel and capricious his characters often find themselves victims of malevolent unnatural circumstances for no discernible reason or punished out of proportion for minor infractions against an unknown and incomprehensible natural order.His longest work, the three volume Uzumaki, is about a town s obsession with spirals people become variously fascinated with, terrified of, and consumed by the countless occurrences of the spiral in nature Apart from the ghastly, convincingly drawn deaths, the book projects an effective atmosphere of creeping fear as the town s inhabitants become less and less human, and and bizarre things begin to happen.Before Uzumaki, Ito was best known for Tomie, a comic series about a beautiful, teasing and eternally youthful high school girl who inspires her stricken admirers to murder each other in fits of jealous rage Eventually, unable to cope with her coy flirtation and their desire to possess Tomie completely, they are inevitably compelled to kill her only to discover that, regardless of the method they chose to dispose of her body, her body will always regenerate.In 1998, during the horror boom that followed the success of Ringu, Tomie was adapted into a movie Since Tomie, many of his works have been adapted for TV and the cinema.
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