Saturday, 21 June 2014

Do you want to taste a bit of Japanese horror manga?

A genealogy of Japanese horror manga - 200 years ago Japanese people loved having a gathering of telling 100 scary tales especially in hot summer night in order to get a little chill.

But Sekien Toriyama published a Yokai catalogue which gave many scary folklores clear visual images. Collectionism is really a part of our culture(gotta catch'em all!!)

1960- Shigeru MIzuki (yokai stories) - '70&'80 - Kazuo Umezu (Sci-Fi/ monsters) - Hideshi Hino (lyrical spratter), '90~ Junji Ito (dark surrealism).
2000- There are more mangas of adaptation of urban legends. Such as Ryoko Yamagishi's "Yurei Dan (Ghost Tales)"Minetaro Mochizuki's "Zashiki Onna(Zashiki Woman)", and Masaaki Nakayama's "Fuan no Tane (Pet Peeve)".

Those skillfully drawn and told horror manga are so eerie that you might don't want to keep the copy in your home...

By the way, m absolute favorite horror manga is "Tomie" by Junji Ito. Tomie is a name of a girl who most men fell in love instantly in first site. But then for no reason they develop an urge to cut her apart, but all parts of her body grow into another Tomie... o