thehylianforge: Have you ever read anything by junji ito?
Oh, absolutely! As is probably evidenced by the tag on my blog, I just adore his work. He has a great sense of subtle creepiness, as well as a remarkable ability to wind long, complex tales of suspense (reading through Uzumaki was an absolute delight, as was Gyo, even though the latter is not as long). Also, his artwork is just stunning. When he captures the demented plights of his protagonists, he does so with such macabre beauty that it leaves one spellbound by his incredible attention to detail.
For anyone interested, this lovely person compiled a decent list of places to read Junji Ito’s work online.
I can’t recommend him enough, along with Hideshi Hino, and (of course), the godfather of the genre, Kazuo Umezu.
crisanonymous: Hey hey! I heard you were big on horror. Have you read Enigma of Amigara Fault, by Junji Ito? It's a manga-style horror comic, and it is GREAT. Really short, though. Sorry for bothering you, I know your inbox is really full, I just thought you might like it.
Oh gosh, I love that one! If I remember correctly, it was tacked onto the end of one of the volumes of Gyo (but I could be mistaken).
Of course, it’s now been absorbed into internet culture (to a degree), and is most remembered for two reasons:
- "Th-this is my hole! It was made for me!"
- "Drrr drrr drrr."
Jokes about it have even made their way into various fandoms, with expected hilarious results.
For anyone who hasn’t read it yet, you can read it online here!
Anonymous: Have you ever read anything by Juni Ito? his stuff really seems like it would be up your alley.
Oh gosh, I just adore his work (as evidenced in the tag on my blog).
For starters, his artwork is just so remarkably intricate and detailed, with lines that are a beauty to behold. He has a style that sets him apart from other mangaka, and really fully fleshes out the world he creates.
Secondly, his storytelling is near flawless. He creates engaging characters, marvelous antagonists, and really creepy and chilling stories. I’m glad he’s getting so much stateside attention nowadays, because he really deserves the exposure.
starspecks: I don't know if you're familiar with a horror manga artist named Junji Ito, but I just thought what it would be like to have a live action movie of Tomie
I absolutely adore Junji Ito, and I absolutely adore the character of Tomie. However, there are actually nine Tomie films that have already been made! :D
I have the first five in a collection, but I haven’t seen the other four.
Though they do try, the first five films can’t quite match the gruesome visuals of Ito’s manga (of course, they lack the budget to properly do so). Oddly, they do excellently match one of the visuals from the Tomie manga in the first movie, yet it is inexplicably only shown for a fraction of a second.
I’ve seen images from the other four films, which appear to have more in the way of special effects (though, only what the budget will allow).
I’m just going to hope they never try to make an American version of this film franchise. Even if Hollywood has bigger budgets, they have a tendency to muck it up when they try to “Americanize” Asian horror.
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Anonymous: If you read any Japanese Horror magma, which ones and what authors do you recommend.
Well, as others probably know, I’m a big fan of the works of Junji Ito. His artistic style is intricately detailed and wonderful, and his stories are unique, clever, and delightfully creepy.
This wonderful person composed a nice list of various Ito works, with links where you can read them. All of his work is just marvelous, and filled to the brim with characters that just stick in your brain like glue. My favorite of his works are the Tomie stories. Once you get to know Tomie, it really is impossible to forget her.
His works have been adapted into many films (Tomie has spawned a franchise of films just by herself!) but it’s far more fulfilling to read the manga.
Another great horror mangaka is Hideshi Hino. His art style is sometimes so far removed from anything I’ve ever seen in a manga before, yet also has a slight feel of the style used in those old Japanese woodcuts. The only piece of his work I’ve managed to get my grubby little paws on is his Lullabies from Hell. You can read this and other works of his here.
It’s also worth mentioning that he is responsible for two of the most notorious films in the infamous Guinea Pig series - Flower of Flesh and Blood, and Mermaid in a Manhole. Flower of Flesh and Blood has since become famous not just for it’s content, but because it was mistaken for a genuine snuff film by actor Charlie Sheen, and turned over to the FBI. This and other inquiries eventually forced the people behind the films to make a special entry devoted just to the special effects, to prove that no actors were harmed in the making of the films. These films, as well as any others in the Guinea Pig series, are definitely not for the squeamish.
Of course, I can’t make a list of recommendations for horror manga without mentioning the godfather of the genre, Kazuo Umezu. His art style is classic, and easily recognizeable, which is in no small part due to the fact that he’s been publishing his works since the 1960’s. You can read some of his works, including the award-winning The Drifting Classroom, on this site.
Check some of these titles out - you’re in for some fantastic reading.