Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Junji Ito - Thing That Drifted Ashore

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I was just listening to "You Are The Ocean And I'm Good At Drowning" by Phantogram and the lyrics eerily fit all too well with this story. Listen to it here, from the music blog The Burning Ear.

I will be posting more Junji Ito in the next month or two, I've been sitting on a huge amount of his work for far too long and not shared it. While all of his work is equally fascinating and amazing, I suggest starting with Gyo. I stumbled onto it at Chicago Comics many years ago and have been a huge Ito fan since.

25 comments:

fsrlism said...

this is an awesome comic

Darius said...

If you read this and liked it, I feel it is my duty to recommended you some of Junji Ito's best work.

"Enigma of Amigara Fault"

Just read it. It's short and you will love it. Do a google search and READ IT. Not gory, but good luck forgetting it in the dead of night.

If you read nothing else, read this.

"Gyo"

Imagine scary sea monsters. Now imagine them with metal legs sprinting towards you, leaving the sea en masse. It will do to you what Jaws did the first time you watched it. Enjoy your next beach vacation.

"Uzumaki" (Spiral)

Much longer series about the prevalence of spirals in a small Japanese town. If you have the time, every second is worth it. One of the most haunting reads I've ever experienced- but be warned. There are some really terrifying images, I don't know how this guy sleeps at night.


There you go, a short list of must reads from one of Japan's greatest horror mangakas. Enjoy.

Lookf4r said...

Great comic thanks for posting. Junji Ito loves him so lovecraft!

Rhythmic said...

Wow, what a story!

I didn't expect THAT.

There will be a continuation, right ?

zuluu said...

Nice comic!

Anonymous said...

This comic was great, I love stories like these.

clave4e said...

Incredible! Wow!

darrrr said...

hey, this is great!

Anonymous said...

finally some junji ito! great blog btw!

Kurt Komoda said...

Cool, Aeron! I love Ito's work.

Saugglocke said...

reminds me of Lovecraft

Fuzzhead said...

This is a very good comic. It feels like a much darker version of those sci-fi/horror comics from the fifties. Never previously heard of Ito, but will look into him for sure.

Anthony said...

What was this published in? Book form?

Amazing read!

Thanks for posting this!

Black and Blue Man said...

Thanks very much for presenting that.

Like the main protagonists, I have also had a life-long fear and squeamishness towards the sea and marine life. Ugh!

What do you suppose they saw in the deep ocean through that transparent skin...

I found that last line very powerful and unsettling.

Costello said...

Awesome.

Gerry Gomez Pearlberg said...

Very imaginative! Thanks for sharing this. Loved the illustrations.

On Paper said...

Intense; loved it!

jojojojojo said...

i love uzumaki and i never read any of his other work. this entry has prompted me to do so!!

DoingKermit said...

amazing, want to read more

Zachary said...

Thank you soooo much for posting this. I've got something of an interest in Kaiju, and this is one of the best stories I've yet to read. I also enjoyed the companion song you posted. If you get a chance, try listening to a band called ISIS. Here's a link to a song called 'The Other' off of their album 'Oceanic'.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxE1auGq_kE

Anonymous said...

Like the main protagonists, having life-long fear and squeamishness towards the sea and marine life, the nightmares...and then actually loosing the fiancee in ocean, although, it was not shipwreck but cunami...this is really not much pleasant manga to read. But, can be worse...Reding of Uzumaki while remembering family members falling to bottomless deep of collapsing skyscraper have to be much more sorrowful.

Thank you for posting this.

Anonymous said...

The best of his short stories is the 'Enigma of Amigara Fault'. You can find the whole thing here:
http://pics.livejournal.com/kc_anathema/pic/00ekpk9k/g177

¬Breanna (big Monster Brains fan!)

magdalena marcenaro said...

really nice, the story the illustrations, awesome

Mr_Jellyfish said...

Awesome, this was really great. I'm gonna see if I can find some more of this Junji

Mr. Somewhere said...

Always love me some Ito. Never fails to make me to feel a bit sick.