Army of One by Junji Ito

Army of One is a oneshot manga story by Junji Ito, featured at the end of his 5 part series, Hellstar Remina. Something about this story makes me want to re-read it again and again. What is Army of One about? Army of one follows some friends trying to organise their school reunion in the midst…

Black Paradox manga by Junji Ito

What is Black Paradox about? Black Paradox follows four characters who meet on a group suicide website. We join them as they are meeting in person for the first time, in preparation for performing their suicide together. After their failed attempt, one of them starts regurgitating large shiny balls that he says are from a…

Hellstar Remina by Junji Ito

What is Hellstar Remina about? One evening, while watching the night sky, an astronomer discovers a mysterious new planet that seems have just appeared from nowhere. He soon believes that it has appeared from out of a distant wormhole sixteen light years away. He names this new planet Remina, after his only daughter. The girl…

She is a Slow Walker by Junji Ito

The story centres around Shinichi and his girlfriend Yumi. We join then in mid argument about what the best type of zombie is – slow or fast. Shinichi is of the opinion that faster moving zombies are the better ones. Whereas Yumi is a firm fan of George A. Romero and favours the classic slow-moving…

The Enigma of Amigara Fault by Junji Ito

The Enigma of Amigara Fault is the first manga I ever read, recommended by a friend at work. Like with almost all of his stories, Junji Ito left me slightly haunted and disturbed when I finished this one. What is The Enigma of Amigara Fault about? It tells the story of two young people who meet…

Fragments of Horror by Junji Ito

This book features a hallucinogenic futon; a woman obsessed with being dissected and a twisted author looking for the perfect facial tic. All pretty much par for the course in Junji Ito’s world. I really enjoyed reading these stories and did so one at a time, letting each one sink in before moving to the…

This cat has a cursed face

Junji Ito’s work was my first taste of manga – and what an introduction! Grotesque body horror and the creepiest stories you could imagine. So imagine my surprise when I heard that he had written a story about his cats. That’s right, you read that right. “Junji Ito’s Cat Diary: Yon & Mu”, is an…

My First Taste Of Manga

I have recently been introduced to the wonderful world of Japanese Manga by some friends at work. I hear mentioned things such as a school with Freddie Mercury as a pupil, humans who turn into cars and people becoming obsessed and consumed by spirals. But the story that set me on the path of reading…