More unsettling, deranged body horror from Junji Ito. Things spiral out of control awfully quickly.
Ito mixes the realistic and fantasy elements in a way that’s so horrifying because it feels genuine, visceral.
A lot of the story is very b-movie, but the concepts and images really stick in your head no matter the weird story movements to get to them. The length means things get a bit repetitive at times, but the art is always so inspired that it’s not a huge issue.
The afterword was an amusing meta diversion with Ito drawing and narrating his own actions in writing the story. One wonders what sort of mind produces art like this! Four snails, and a mushroom.