Tena, what are your favourite Junji Ito works, long and short?
Well, anyone that’s been following me long enough knows how much I adore Tomie, even to the point where I have a box set of the first five films. The character is fascinating from so many different angles: How she can regenerate from literally any part of her body (even a tiny bit of saliva accidentally contacted through sharing lipstick can “infect” a person, and eventually turn them into another Tomie), her attitude towards the other Tomie copies in the world, her effect on other people, and the fact that absolutely nothing is known about her origins–not what she is, and not where she’s from.
As for Ito’s other work, I think Uzumaki is an absolute masterpiece (though the film doesn’t do it justice), and Gyo was fairly enjoyable as well (AVOID THE ANIME ADAPTATION AT ALL COSTS). Of course, we all know how The Enigma of Amigara Fault became a popular meme, but it’s also a compelling short story.
I’ve read both Voices in the Dark books, as well as Mimi’s Ghost Stories, and those were very good as well. I think I’ve read most of the installments in The Horror World of Junji Ito, too. Haven’t read his adaptation of Frankenstein yet, though.
To be honest, I don’t think I’ve ever read any of his work that I didn’t like. While some stories may be mediocre compared to others, there’s always something compelling about them. His artwork is unparalleled–absolutely exquisite.
For those who are as yet unfamiliar with his work, I suggest checking out Junji Ito Index on tumblr. They’ve got a lot of material translated to English for online reading, though nothing beats having a hard copy of one of his works to take wherever you go.