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.

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I like how the eyeball just rolls the fuck on outta there the second it’s spotted.
"Uh, NOPE.  SEE YA LATER, FUCKERS!" *shhhhllllooop!*

I like how the eyeball just rolls the fuck on outta there the second it’s spotted.

"Uh, NOPE.  SEE YA LATER, FUCKERS!" *shhhhllllooop!*

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So, I was browsing Google to see if I could find a larger image of that one special effects shot from the first Tomie film, and I found this woman listed as part of the staff of a museum dedicated to ghetto culture…

So, I was browsing Google to see if I could find a larger image of that one special effects shot from the first Tomie film, and I found this woman listed as part of the staff of a museum dedicated to ghetto culture…

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.

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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.

abatida:

Posters for all Tomie films:

Tomie (1999)
Tomie: Another Face (1999)
Tomie: Replay (2000)
Tomie: Re-birth (2001)
Tomie: Forbidden Fruit (2002)
Tomie: Beginning (2005)
Tomie: Revenge (2005)
Tomie vs Tomie (2007)
Tomie Unlimited (2011)

I’ve never seen these posters for Replay and Unlimited before.

I wish they hadn’t released the Tomie “collection” so early.  I only have the first five films, and I need the other four…

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fastidious-assasins:

This bitch is a head in a sack and she wants French food and a goddamned necklace. Like really Tomie… 

Tomie is accustomed to the finer things in life.

She is also accustomed to being in multiple pieces.

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fuckyeahjunjiito:

Transparent. Looks awesome on dark blogs

fuckyeahjunjiito:

Transparent. Looks awesome on dark blogs

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oh-you-poor-sweet-thing:

I adore Junji Ito.

The writer of some of the creepiest horror manga out there
sitting in a room
with happy little teddy bear curtains.

oh-you-poor-sweet-thing:

I adore Junji Ito.

The writer of some of the creepiest horror manga out there

sitting in a room

with happy little teddy bear curtains.

Anonymous: AU in which Robbie's hair is sentient, and Robbie can't control it.

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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.

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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.

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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 ManholeFlower 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.

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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.

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Lastly, the tumblr blog Hell Yeah Horror Manga has compilled a list of top 20 recommendations that’s worth taking a gander at.

Check some of these titles out - you’re in for some fantastic reading.

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fightfighters:

my favorite thing about tomie is that she’s both the victim and the villain in her own story
the idea of morality and treating other people as worthwhile beings never seems to occur to her, because for tomie, life isn’t something that’s valuable or precious
life just is, and it’s a constant, and everyone who’s not tomie is a bug — something to be squashed or played with idly when she gets bored
but tomie’s drive to be the only one, to be new and unique and absolutely original, is something that’s always a constant, in every incarnation of tomie in every story, and drives her to great lengths to achieve her goals
the best part about that is that she understands and recognizes herself — tomie has a very good handle on her own personality and psyche, to the degree that she’s more self-aware and realized in her own limits, drives, and desires than just about any other character
tomie thus can predict the movements and motivations behind any actions her other selves make, and she’s locked in an eternal battle with herself to be tomie, the only tomie there is
but because of tomie’s sway over men, which she’s demonstrably not always in control of or interested in exerting, they’ll always end up attacking her
and she’ll always end up falling victim to someone else, whether it’s another manifestation of herself or an absolutely addled victim of her curse, because they’ll always have her killed and she’ll just about always die
when death just means the creation of more tomies, and the dead one’s inevitable resurrection, that just creates an even bigger competitive atmosphere
combined with the various schemes of the men interested in tomie, either romantically/sexually/via a curse or intent upon destroying her as a type of revenge, that creates an infinite loop in which there are so many tomies running around that they can’t possibly eradicate each other for good
so there is no winning for tomie.
tomie will never come out on top, and tomie will never be the ‘only one’ — tomie’s game will only stop when everyone else is dead, and there are just an infinite supply of tomies, all poised to destroy each other.
tomie’s self-awareness leads me to believe that she knows this, she knows that it’s all one twisted hellish loop she’ll never be free from, and i think for a lot of the tomies in certain stories within the compilation — because they do display slightly different reactions to concepts like death and other beings — she’s largely evolved to treating other people like pawns even more than she already would have, because she knows they’ll eventually be gone and she’ll be the only one left
the idea of immortality is fun, and interesting, but in actuality? life becomes so dull and mundane that by this point, tomie is probably half just trying to carry out a routine that she’s so rooted into that she’s lost a lot of the ability to feel. of course, when people don’t react the way she expects, she freaks out slightly because it’s a change — this, here, isn’t a change. this is mundane, and boring, and tomie seems to just want this part of her life to be over with so she can go onto whatever comes next.
and dang, tomie. what a good representation of a person who’s so detached from the concept of humanity by suffering and greed that she loses what it ‘means to be human’ all together. and absolutely both suffers and does not suffer for it, because she’s beyond that concept entirely.
fuckin’ love tomie, both the character and the series. 10/10.
go read it (fair warning: a LOT of blood, a fuckton of body horror, murder, violence, suicide by hanging/falling/impalement/self-decapitation and seppuku, monster, burn wounds, child death, abduction, torture, attempted sexual assault, so much gore/guro, possession, a lot of experimentation, there’s a chapter where hair grows out of someone’s face and consumes her body, basically it’s uzumaki with absolutely no boundaries.) there’s three volumes of about eight chapters each and all of them are intriguing story lines with compelling characters. not just tomie!!! junji ito is good at people, both kind and cruel. if you’ve got the stomach for it, definitely go for it!

fightfighters:

my favorite thing about tomie is that she’s both the victim and the villain in her own story

the idea of morality and treating other people as worthwhile beings never seems to occur to her, because for tomie, life isn’t something that’s valuable or precious

life just is, and it’s a constant, and everyone who’s not tomie is a bug — something to be squashed or played with idly when she gets bored

but tomie’s drive to be the only one, to be new and unique and absolutely original, is something that’s always a constant, in every incarnation of tomie in every story, and drives her to great lengths to achieve her goals

the best part about that is that she understands and recognizes herself — tomie has a very good handle on her own personality and psyche, to the degree that she’s more self-aware and realized in her own limits, drives, and desires than just about any other character

tomie thus can predict the movements and motivations behind any actions her other selves make, and she’s locked in an eternal battle with herself to be tomie, the only tomie there is

but because of tomie’s sway over men, which she’s demonstrably not always in control of or interested in exerting, they’ll always end up attacking her

and she’ll always end up falling victim to someone else, whether it’s another manifestation of herself or an absolutely addled victim of her curse, because they’ll always have her killed and she’ll just about always die

when death just means the creation of more tomies, and the dead one’s inevitable resurrection, that just creates an even bigger competitive atmosphere

combined with the various schemes of the men interested in tomie, either romantically/sexually/via a curse or intent upon destroying her as a type of revenge, that creates an infinite loop in which there are so many tomies running around that they can’t possibly eradicate each other for good

so there is no winning for tomie.

tomie will never come out on top, and tomie will never be the ‘only one’ — tomie’s game will only stop when everyone else is dead, and there are just an infinite supply of tomies, all poised to destroy each other.

tomie’s self-awareness leads me to believe that she knows this, she knows that it’s all one twisted hellish loop she’ll never be free from, and i think for a lot of the tomies in certain stories within the compilation — because they do display slightly different reactions to concepts like death and other beings — she’s largely evolved to treating other people like pawns even more than she already would have, because she knows they’ll eventually be gone and she’ll be the only one left

the idea of immortality is fun, and interesting, but in actuality? life becomes so dull and mundane that by this point, tomie is probably half just trying to carry out a routine that she’s so rooted into that she’s lost a lot of the ability to feel. of course, when people don’t react the way she expects, she freaks out slightly because it’s a change — this, here, isn’t a change. this is mundane, and boring, and tomie seems to just want this part of her life to be over with so she can go onto whatever comes next.

and dang, tomie. what a good representation of a person who’s so detached from the concept of humanity by suffering and greed that she loses what it ‘means to be human’ all together. and absolutely both suffers and does not suffer for it, because she’s beyond that concept entirely.

fuckin’ love tomie, both the character and the series. 10/10.

go read it (fair warning: a LOT of blood, a fuckton of body horror, murder, violence, suicide by hanging/falling/impalement/self-decapitation and seppuku, monster, burn wounds, child death, abduction, torture, attempted sexual assault, so much gore/guro, possession, a lot of experimentation, there’s a chapter where hair grows out of someone’s face and consumes her body, basically it’s uzumaki with absolutely no boundaries.) there’s three volumes of about eight chapters each and all of them are intriguing story lines with compelling characters. not just tomie!!! junji ito is good at people, both kind and cruel. if you’ve got the stomach for it, definitely go for it!

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Aaand this is exactly why you never so much as cut a Tomie.  The more pieces of Tomie there are, the more Tomies there will be.

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