Lovesickness: Junji Ito Story Collection
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Ryusuke quietly agrees that the five-year-old child shouldn't have been murdered for his father's crimes. It feels like a diet version of Uzumaki with less interesting set pieces, less scary horror elements and a far less satisfying conclusion. I really loved a lot of Ito’s art in this story too, which made great use of fog and portrayed the spirits of the boy’s victims as stupendously horrifying to look upon, especially as they linger longer and longer in the world of the living. Over the next several nights, the woman keeps coming back, asking for advice about her relationship with the married man. The Lovesickness story takes up the first 250 pages and is decent but ultimately went on a little bit too long for my personal taste.
By entering the strange underworld of mystical fortune telling, can he make up for the sins of his past or will he inadvertently make the situation even worse? Sometimes the feeling builds to some shocking revelation when you turn a page, but soon the shock will be followed by a panel or scene that's almost-hopeful.
Nonetheless, the unravelling of the mystery and the revelation of Ryusuke's involvement to these catastrophes makes for a compelling read. He gives chase outside and finds out it's Teshima, who has been spreading the rumors and planting the fake earrings and jackets. The Rib Woman - A wonderful story that blended themes of body image with a wonderfully creepy narrative. Midori becomes worried about Ryuusuke and attempts to follow him when he goes to help people, but she gets lost in the fog.
We see quite a few of these, with the responses varying from jokes to genuine advice to spiteful cruelty.Eventually, he gains the nickname "Dead Man" due to his increasingly sickly appearance and for being "responsible for" Reishi's suicide. I might say that the ten stories here are not appreciably better or worse than other collections (so, 3 stars? They run into one ghost girl who asks for the love of her life to be fulfilled, and Mitsuru firmly tells her that the Intersection Bishounen is evil and that she should stay away from him.
Though advertised as a story collection, this book more closely resembles the release of Ito’s adaptation of Frankenstein from late 2018 than the likes of Shiver, Smashed, or Venus in the Blind Spot.
At the station, he and his mother meet up with his father, who tells them about the girl playing Intersection Fortune Telling. The latter – about a girl who has ribs removed to achieve a perfect waistline, only to find herself haunted by plaintive music – is particularly gripping and creepy.
Despite it being more moody noir and less outright horror than Ito's other collections, Lovesickness is one of my favorites, especially the collection of stories about the "Intersection Bishounen". This collection really only has four stories in it since two of the stories are extended ones that I assume were originally published in different volumes over many years.
The Strange Hikizuri Siblings’ was incredibly creepy solely due to the character designs, and ‘The Mansion of Phantom Pain’ had an awesome concept where characters where less important. As much as I enjoy Junji Ito, and will keep reading these collections as they get translated, I never quite get used to just how abrupt some of the stories’ endings are.