Gyo (2002) by Junji Ito

Nauseating, disturbing, horrifying. It’s amazing how well Ito evokes scents just through art and dialogue. The descent (de-scent, rather?) into unbridled insanity and body horror just goes on and on beyond any point I’d have thought possible.

It’s impossible to look away from, and the speedy, well-maintained pace makes sure it never outstays its welcome. The visual creativity is stunning. The writing is B-movie fare, but strings together the increasingly wild visuals well enough.

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Apart from “Gyo”, this collection also contains the much shorter stories of “The Sad Tale of the Principal Post” and “The Enigma of Amigara Fault”. The former is nothing special, but the latter is a fantastic, disturbing short tale, very memorable and creative. It’s an extremely unsettling, and well-made, collection. Four fish, and a mountain hole.

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