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Enter the world of Juni Ito’s art––an abyss of horror and sublime beauty. A first-ever collection of Junji Ito’s artworks, featuring over 130 images from his bestselling manga titles along with rare works. This sublime collection includes all of Ito’s unforgettable illustrations in both black-and-white and color, from Tomie’s dreadful beauty to the inhuman spirals of Uzumak Enter the world of Juni Ito’s art––an abyss of horror and sublime beauty. A first-ever collection of Junji Ito’s artworks, featuring over 130 images from his bestselling manga titles along with rare works. This sublime collection includes all of Ito’s unforgettable illustrations in both black-and-white and color, from Tomie’s dreadful beauty to the inhuman spirals of Uzumaki. Includes an interview focused on Ito’s art technique as well as commentary from the artist on each work.   


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Enter the world of Juni Ito’s art––an abyss of horror and sublime beauty. A first-ever collection of Junji Ito’s artworks, featuring over 130 images from his bestselling manga titles along with rare works. This sublime collection includes all of Ito’s unforgettable illustrations in both black-and-white and color, from Tomie’s dreadful beauty to the inhuman spirals of Uzumak Enter the world of Juni Ito’s art––an abyss of horror and sublime beauty. A first-ever collection of Junji Ito’s artworks, featuring over 130 images from his bestselling manga titles along with rare works. This sublime collection includes all of Ito’s unforgettable illustrations in both black-and-white and color, from Tomie’s dreadful beauty to the inhuman spirals of Uzumaki. Includes an interview focused on Ito’s art technique as well as commentary from the artist on each work.   

30 review for The Art of Junji Ito: Twisted Visions

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tammie

    Twisted Visions, an art book, was a solid 5 stars. I’m a huge fan of Junji Ito and his horror manga/graphic novels, so I was very excited when this book came out. Twisted Visions contains over 130 images from previous works, including my favorites Uzumaki and Tomi. The book itself is absolutely gorgeous-it is large in size and contains numerous glossy pictures in all different sizes, shapes and colors. Highly recommend to art, manga/graphic novels and horror fans. You won’t be disappointed.

  2. 5 out of 5

    R.

    Lots of very good tattoo ideas here. ----- A great coffee table book, if your coffee table is crafted of human bones and screams. -----

  3. 4 out of 5

    Samir Leal

    Patiently waiting for this masterpiece! Ito sama is the master of horror.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rumi Bossche

    Great oversized artwork and deluxe book, but not alot of extra's though. Great oversized artwork and deluxe book, but not alot of extra's though.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jedi JC Daquis

    If you already have or thinking about having this, then probably, then probably you are in this deep, spiraled into the grotesquely beautiful and enchantingly haunting world and works of Junji Ito. Twisted Vision: The Art of Junji Ito is best experienced when you spend a couple of moments at each page, carefully and meticulously appreciating all the details of the horror mangaka's art without having bothered by any plot, story, or speech bubbles. And this is what artbooks should be - if you love If you already have or thinking about having this, then probably, then probably you are in this deep, spiraled into the grotesquely beautiful and enchantingly haunting world and works of Junji Ito. Twisted Vision: The Art of Junji Ito is best experienced when you spend a couple of moments at each page, carefully and meticulously appreciating all the details of the horror mangaka's art without having bothered by any plot, story, or speech bubbles. And this is what artbooks should be - if you love the material, buy the artbook. What the heck? Long-time readers of Junji Ito would definitely recognize where the panels showed up in the manga. Like, oh, here's the creepy head from that guy who dreams, or that dad who is extremely fascinated by spirals, or the Dissolving Classroom cover. Many illustrations from the "Junjiniverse" are here, in all large-format beauty. There are also drawings which I haven't recognized yet, maybe I forgot, or maybe Viz Media hasn't published the story yet. I have long collected artbooks, mostly from games and western comics. And this is what keeps me from loving Twisted Visions all the way: the book, as visually stunning as it can be, lacks narrative. Aside from the index and interview at the end, the illustrations do not have embedded backstories. Anecdotes, annotations, comments from the Ito about the drawings, stuff like that. And I am a sucker of the lore, side materials that draws you more into the world you are already so invested with. Oh yeah, I have definitely enjoyed it nonetheless. But the artbook and the readers alike could have benefitted more with additional pages dedicated to narrative and even more illustrations (like wth I want more Gyo!). Junjinatics like us would buy it anyway, even at a higher price. That's what I really felt with Twisted Visions. It is more of a sizeable appetizer than a satisfying dessert, in a meal where the Ito books are the main entrée.

  6. 4 out of 5

    L. McCoy

    SUPER FAST REVIEW: So I will confess I need to read more Junji Ito. I’ve read one book by him, liked it and still need to read more. That being said, this art collection encourages me. Here we have wonderfully drawn images: almost all of them being some type of weird, creepy or fucked up! If you like horror then you will most likely enjoy this collection of art. There’s also some interesting stuff where Ito talks about his goals and inspirations (it’s also both sad and fascinating hearing how hard SUPER FAST REVIEW: So I will confess I need to read more Junji Ito. I’ve read one book by him, liked it and still need to read more. That being said, this art collection encourages me. Here we have wonderfully drawn images: almost all of them being some type of weird, creepy or fucked up! If you like horror then you will most likely enjoy this collection of art. There’s also some interesting stuff where Ito talks about his goals and inspirations (it’s also both sad and fascinating hearing how hard an artist who most people consider very talented can be on himself). I do have kinda mixed thoughts on the index design. So on one hand it is kinda cool how it has readers learn more about an image and flip back to it, on the other hand most art books just have the info set up beside an image and it’s somewhat annoying having to flip back to various images and forget where you were in the index, etc. I also found the formatting of this book can be rather confusing. Overall, this is a pretty great art collection and I definitely need to read more of Ito’s manga now. It is great for fans of horror or just weird shit in general and believe me, it has a bit of anyone’s favorite kind of weird and/or fucked up (whether it be giant monster fish, a classroom of students melting or even someone playing a cat like an accordion (I’m not making this up)). Recommended! 4/5

  7. 5 out of 5

    Persephonie

    A stunning collection of Junji Ito’s work that is sure to inspire, thrill, and disgust the viewer. I was particularly excited about the color pieces included in this collection. Very cool to see something so different from the usual black and white manga style. There is also an interesting interview with Ito at the end. Bonus points!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    A very nice coffee-table style book but what really makes it is Ito's minimal, but hilarious and self-deprecating notes on each work. A very nice coffee-table style book but what really makes it is Ito's minimal, but hilarious and self-deprecating notes on each work.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Monika Ghosh

    His art is always fascinating.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Kathryn Wright

    This book is a collection of artwork by Junji Ito, where some are from his books and others came from other materials of his. There was also an interview at the end, which I really liked. One of the interesting points I saw from the interview was that he is not a huge fan of making art in color. But all the work that was in color I found to be stunning especially the blue and purple toned work. I also loved that the book highlighted each artwork differently whether by background color, material This book is a collection of artwork by Junji Ito, where some are from his books and others came from other materials of his. There was also an interview at the end, which I really liked. One of the interesting points I saw from the interview was that he is not a huge fan of making art in color. But all the work that was in color I found to be stunning especially the blue and purple toned work. I also loved that the book highlighted each artwork differently whether by background color, material of the paper, or the page layout. Highly recommend you check this book out if you love art, manga, and horror.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kai Van

    This art book is FULL of art and a few small comics/sections of popular works by Junji Ito. Some things I didn't recognize myself, others I had a lot of fun remember what they were from. it has 4 main sections. Tomie, Uzumaki, Other Works, and then the index & an interview with Ito himself! I expected the whole thing to only be his horror works, but there was a two page part in the middle with his cats: Yon, Mu, & Tenmaru!! just like with his Cat Diary book, it was so so heartwarming to see. esp This art book is FULL of art and a few small comics/sections of popular works by Junji Ito. Some things I didn't recognize myself, others I had a lot of fun remember what they were from. it has 4 main sections. Tomie, Uzumaki, Other Works, and then the index & an interview with Ito himself! I expected the whole thing to only be his horror works, but there was a two page part in the middle with his cats: Yon, Mu, & Tenmaru!! just like with his Cat Diary book, it was so so heartwarming to see. especially in the middle of all the darker stuff. The books is both in colour and black ink works and I highly recommend to any big Ito fan. absolutely loved it!

  12. 5 out of 5

    D.L. Holmes

    Having been a fan of his artwork for years, getting my hands on this collection of work was a dream come true that did not disappoint. Typically, when buying collections of work, you run the risks of having a collection that is very limited because you've already seen most of the content within. While there are familiar pieces with in, several of them are drawn differently, given more attention, or even displayed in color. A great read for fans of Mr. Ito. Having been a fan of his artwork for years, getting my hands on this collection of work was a dream come true that did not disappoint. Typically, when buying collections of work, you run the risks of having a collection that is very limited because you've already seen most of the content within. While there are familiar pieces with in, several of them are drawn differently, given more attention, or even displayed in color. A great read for fans of Mr. Ito.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    A collection of covers, frontispieces, and select panels from Junji Ito's many horror graphic novels that gets right to the money shots, serving up some of his biggest moments of body horror and a generous heap of eerie gloom. There is a short interview in the back as well as a one or two sentence commentary by Ito about each image. In addition to Ito's own characters, there are a few portraits of real people: H. P. Lovecraft and some Japanese musicians. Fun to flip through if you are a fan or ju A collection of covers, frontispieces, and select panels from Junji Ito's many horror graphic novels that gets right to the money shots, serving up some of his biggest moments of body horror and a generous heap of eerie gloom. There is a short interview in the back as well as a one or two sentence commentary by Ito about each image. In addition to Ito's own characters, there are a few portraits of real people: H. P. Lovecraft and some Japanese musicians. Fun to flip through if you are a fan or just want to be grossed out every few pages.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Grech

    Junji Ito is my hero. This book is a testament to the various styles and degrees of horror\ style. Fan since his first publication,fan of many stores I loved that were not yet published in English. Books\ manga outweigh the show deeply. One is a goofy,bad art, cheesy interpretation anime missing small points and final words. Great for fans. Beautiful.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Lynch

    This is a coffee table art book, so I feel like I'm cheating a bit by including it in my reading challenge. However, I did read the interview in the back and it was an interesting insight into Junji Ito's process and style and inspiration. Not only is Junji Ito a brilliant artist, but he is also a brilliant storyteller. As a showcase of the last 30 years of work this man has done in the world of manga, this book is a masterpiece. Tbh, I expected nothing less. Some day, when I own my own house, I w This is a coffee table art book, so I feel like I'm cheating a bit by including it in my reading challenge. However, I did read the interview in the back and it was an interesting insight into Junji Ito's process and style and inspiration. Not only is Junji Ito a brilliant artist, but he is also a brilliant storyteller. As a showcase of the last 30 years of work this man has done in the world of manga, this book is a masterpiece. Tbh, I expected nothing less. Some day, when I own my own house, I will also own a coffee table, and on that coffee table will sit The Art of Junji Ito: Twisted Visions. When I look at it, I will think of hair battles and snails and body shaped tunnels and a skull of skulls and I'll smell the stench of rotten fish and remember how my arm hair stood on end when I finished the last gut-punching page of Uzumaki. I'll be the happiest I've ever been in my whole life. I rated The Art of Junji Ito: Twisted Visions 5 out of 5 stars.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Leila Anani

    Any fan of Junji Ito needs this art-book in their collection. It's a stunning gallery of the best of 30 years work - including images from Tomie, Gyo, Uzumaki, any many of his best shorts. There are several commissions here as well that have never before been seen. Its a mix of colour and b&w art - all full page, with some sections, like the amazing cover in black & silver. There's an index at the back giving details of each picture which is very handy. Where relevant, the Japanese is translated Any fan of Junji Ito needs this art-book in their collection. It's a stunning gallery of the best of 30 years work - including images from Tomie, Gyo, Uzumaki, any many of his best shorts. There are several commissions here as well that have never before been seen. Its a mix of colour and b&w art - all full page, with some sections, like the amazing cover in black & silver. There's an index at the back giving details of each picture which is very handy. Where relevant, the Japanese is translated unobtrusively at the bottom of the page, giving the reader the chance to appreciate the art in its original form. There's also a short interview with Ito to finish off. Stunning.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Madeleine Hernandez-g

    "I'm happiest when I'm creating something. I get so focused, I forget to eat or sleep." I'm in awe of Ito's talent. His artwork is beautiful, creepy and terrifying at the same time! I would suggest having read at least Tomie and Uzumaki before this book, since many of the art shown here are taken from these two works, but I haven't read Tomie yet and I didn't mind. I loved the fact that many of the drawings were in color! "I'm happiest when I'm creating something. I get so focused, I forget to eat or sleep." I'm in awe of Ito's talent. His artwork is beautiful, creepy and terrifying at the same time! I would suggest having read at least Tomie and Uzumaki before this book, since many of the art shown here are taken from these two works, but I haven't read Tomie yet and I didn't mind. I loved the fact that many of the drawings were in color!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Dimitra

    I am a HUGE fan of Junji Ito. This book is the ultimate must-have for anyone like me! Such an amazing collection of his work, beautifully constructed and put together in a book that can easily be displayed as an art piece! It is STUNNING! Some pages are glossy, some others are like silver, grayish, black matte etc. GORGEOUS!!! ...Horrifying, but GORGEOUS! And also, there is a cute interview of the man himself.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Evie

    Essential for every Junji Ito fan! This is a great collection of his art, and with very quality paper, ink, and design. Plus, it’s great to see some of his works in color, along with a few tidbits he has to say about them. Great addition to a horror collection.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Iasm

    Got this as a birthday present and it was something. Junji Ito is one of the best mangaka, his artwork was and will always be impressive. Those monsters are original, so unexpected and scary in a good way. Tomie will never disappoint, not only because of Ito's talent, but also the story line. Also, if you're going to buy this... make sure you have large enough shelves. Got this as a birthday present and it was something. Junji Ito is one of the best mangaka, his artwork was and will always be impressive. Those monsters are original, so unexpected and scary in a good way. Tomie will never disappoint, not only because of Ito's talent, but also the story line. Also, if you're going to buy this... make sure you have large enough shelves.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jesse

    Beatiful showing of his work and skill as an artist.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sab Cornelius

    This would technically be my second time reading because I had hunted down the original Japanese release of the book when it came out and used translation apps to read the actual interviews included in the book. There's only a few different pieces that I found in the original vs the translated release, and while I greatly appreciate/prefer that the translated release is in a hardback format, I hate the huge cheesy text of the translated edition that covers the beautiful cover art. The original r This would technically be my second time reading because I had hunted down the original Japanese release of the book when it came out and used translation apps to read the actual interviews included in the book. There's only a few different pieces that I found in the original vs the translated release, and while I greatly appreciate/prefer that the translated release is in a hardback format, I hate the huge cheesy text of the translated edition that covers the beautiful cover art. The original release had it as apart of the backdrop and it looks a lot better. If you're a fan of Ito's art, this is a must-have.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Randy Lander

    A beautiful art book, but since I own most of Ito’s works already, a lot of it is basically work I have, albeit in a larger more deluxe format

  24. 4 out of 5

    DeadTrees

    tl;dr - Viz Media is absolutely nailing all of these recent Junji Ito publications. This one is the crown jewel so far. If you are looking at an art book, I'm going to assume you have a working knowledge of what the artist has done and what their style is generally about. So I'm just here to talk about how this book is composed at a high level. The collection is read in the style of manga; right to left. This is a casebound book with sewn signatures. This is pretty much always a good choice for a tl;dr - Viz Media is absolutely nailing all of these recent Junji Ito publications. This one is the crown jewel so far. If you are looking at an art book, I'm going to assume you have a working knowledge of what the artist has done and what their style is generally about. So I'm just here to talk about how this book is composed at a high level. The collection is read in the style of manga; right to left. This is a casebound book with sewn signatures. This is pretty much always a good choice for a hardcover, but here it's great due to the mixed paper types (more on that later) . The pages open flat for easy viewing. (See Book Quality at bottom of review for more details.) The art is divided into three sections: Tomie, Uzumaki, and Other Works. Tomie gets 24 pages, Uzumaki gets about 20, then the "Other Works" comprises 82 pages. Hardcore fans might be interested to know that the "Tomie" and "Uzumaki" sections contain work that weren't necessarily in the mainline manga. Some of them are from frontispieces for magazines featuring the Tomie character, for example; but all 100% Ito's work. It was easy for me to come up with these numbers and details in the last paragraph because the book contains a great Index at the back that details exactly which publication each work came from, including a short note about it written by Ito. Very nice feature. Also at the back of the book you will find a short interview with Ito, discussing his style, influences - simple things like that. It's short, but it's nice to have the voice of the author represented in an art book. We really need to talk about the paper. There are three types in this collection. First you will notice the heavy bright white paper for the color prints; pretty standard fare for art books. When it is time to showcase Ito's ink work, they switch to a heavy dark gray paper. Maybe this is common in mangaka art books, but it's my first time encountering it. It is lovely. Once you are accustomed to transitioning between these two paper types, you will be delightfully surprised by a third; black paper with silver ink near the end of the collection. (See Book Quality at bottom of review for more details.) MSRP for this volume is $35 USD. While it doesn't have a huge page count, I think the quality and tastefulness of this collection makes it a bargain. I'd recommend the book to anyone who has any remote appreciation for Ito's art. And I'd use this book as a good showcase of how to execute body horror and/or general weirdness, particularly in ink. Or just to pass it someone to make sure they have nightmares. Book Quality ---------- 5/5 Overall: Viz Media has been doing good work with Junji Ito's manga collections and they do a great job with this art book as well. At time of writing, this is the only 5/5 Book Quality rating I've given. Dust Jacket: If you follow my reviews you'll know I hate dust jackets and usually store them in a landfill. However, this one is quite good and I'll have to store it in my house. At a distance you'll assume that it's B&W to match his ink art, but up close you'll realize it's 4 tones; black, white, silver, and pink. It is simple, wraparound art with no bullshit copywrite distractions. End Papers: They are gorgeous. Silver-on-black remix of Ito panels. Just stellar. Paper: See content review! Excellent use of mixed paper. Binding: Casebound with sewn signatures allow flat viewing of the art.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rita

    Obviously such a beautiful collection of work that was just delightful to flip through. Junji Ito has been one of my favorite illustrators for a long long time, since I started reading his work in 2011. His commentary is so unintentionally hilarious at times and his insight and reflection on past works was a wonderful bonus to this collection. I really respect his craft and am surprised to find that his originally wanted to be a fine art painter. I see his work in such a different light and resp Obviously such a beautiful collection of work that was just delightful to flip through. Junji Ito has been one of my favorite illustrators for a long long time, since I started reading his work in 2011. His commentary is so unintentionally hilarious at times and his insight and reflection on past works was a wonderful bonus to this collection. I really respect his craft and am surprised to find that his originally wanted to be a fine art painter. I see his work in such a different light and respect him all the more for his devotion and love for painting. As someone who finds paint to be a very difficult medium, I admire his skill, creativity and process. My favorites had to be the painted pieces, particularly the water color, and I agree with him that acrylic is bold and bright but leads to too much irregularity (as I see in some of his acrylic pieces). I do wish that he would continue to predominantly do physical painting, as it looks like most of his recent work is focused on digital work. I'm not always a big fan of it as it always ends up looking slightly artificial and even Ito's creativity cannot save them for me I'm afraid. I really liked the different types of paper and finishes used within the book to showcase his work, especially the shiny foiled silver paper. It was a definite feast for the eyes and recommended for any Junji Ito fan or art lover. It was also nice to see that some of his favorite pieces in here were a few commission pieces, as I also really loved those. There was just something special about them and his love for the work he was commissioned really showed in the end product. I was however surprised to read that he created this cover specifically for this art book as I don't love it all the much and don't feel that it is a good representation of his combined work but I still do think this is a wonderfully crafted book and something I will cherish and love looking through again and again. Big props to my friend Ying for gifting this to me for Christmas!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kelli

    A beautiful collection of Junji Ito’s art across works and mediums. It was a compelling experience to see how his work has evolved over the 30 years he’s been a manga artist. Also, I enjoyed the opportunity to see some of his paintings. (I can’t believe he couldn’t sell them??) it’s interesting to see how his sense for horror is conveyed across different artistic mediums. Reading about how Junji Ito approaches his writing was also deeply fascinating. I relate to his need to have an image or a “co A beautiful collection of Junji Ito’s art across works and mediums. It was a compelling experience to see how his work has evolved over the 30 years he’s been a manga artist. Also, I enjoyed the opportunity to see some of his paintings. (I can’t believe he couldn’t sell them??) it’s interesting to see how his sense for horror is conveyed across different artistic mediums. Reading about how Junji Ito approaches his writing was also deeply fascinating. I relate to his need to have an image or a “concept”, as he calls it, to latch onto before the story can truly start. Making monsters from scratch is, like he said, very hard and giving monsters stories is also a challenge, especially if you can’t “see” some part of the monster before you start the project. I also greatly enjoyed hearing Junji Ito talk about what materials and formats he likes for creating his manga. (Since I don’t really know much about the technical aspects of manga writing.) Truly did not believe the grain of paper could be so engaging! Overall, I really enjoyed this look into who Junji Ito is as an artist and I could read through his body of art every day and be horrified in a new way each time! Definitely would recommend checking out!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Katya Wagner

    This is first and foremost a collecticon of Junji Ito's art, personally selected by the man himself. The gorgeous cover art was specially drawn for the book. I expected to see more of his black and white manga art, but the book in fact contains mostly paintings - manga covers, commissions and exhibition pieces. Through these paintings you get a sense of Junji Ito's influences - there is a portrait of HP Lovecraft and a tribute to Munch's Scream. Once you've paged through a generous selection of fa This is first and foremost a collecticon of Junji Ito's art, personally selected by the man himself. The gorgeous cover art was specially drawn for the book. I expected to see more of his black and white manga art, but the book in fact contains mostly paintings - manga covers, commissions and exhibition pieces. Through these paintings you get a sense of Junji Ito's influences - there is a portrait of HP Lovecraft and a tribute to Munch's Scream. Once you've paged through a generous selection of fascinating and creepy art, you are treated to an delightful interview with the horror master himself. Discussed are his artistic influences - everything from impressionists to fellow manga artists to Giger. There is also a little foray into the exact weight and texture of Ito's preferred paper stock for drawing. All in all this is a gem of a book and a great addition fo the collection of manga, horror and art lovers alike

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jackpot

    7/10 Verdict: Optional Looking through this makes me realise that Junji Ito gets a lot more out of this book than anyone else alive. It's clear that he lets the art speak for itself, as while the index does have information about how the art was made, Ito is a lot more interested in discussing where he remembers being at that time in his life, and how the art connects him to that era. As for the art itself, the flow of the book is clearly designed to go from emotional highs to lows and back again. 7/10 Verdict: Optional Looking through this makes me realise that Junji Ito gets a lot more out of this book than anyone else alive. It's clear that he lets the art speak for itself, as while the index does have information about how the art was made, Ito is a lot more interested in discussing where he remembers being at that time in his life, and how the art connects him to that era. As for the art itself, the flow of the book is clearly designed to go from emotional highs to lows and back again. I love how it will make you on edge to turn the page, then give you a good few pages where the content is more mundane before throwing a full two page spread your way. The way the borders change colour possibly without you noticing, as was the case with me, is also a signifier of this shift. Overall, a really great collection with some tidbits and insights into Ito.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Celine

    Rating: A An art book around the work of Junji Ito. Two initial sections covering Tomie and Uzumaki, then his other comics and unrelated artworks. In the back is an afterword and a 3 or 4 page interview with Ito about his techniques and inspiration. The art book features both heavy gloss pages and matte pages with a rougher texture. Including artworks range from pencil sketches, detailed manga pages (with translations), watercolours and digital artworks. The index includes the names and a miniature Rating: A An art book around the work of Junji Ito. Two initial sections covering Tomie and Uzumaki, then his other comics and unrelated artworks. In the back is an afterword and a 3 or 4 page interview with Ito about his techniques and inspiration. The art book features both heavy gloss pages and matte pages with a rougher texture. Including artworks range from pencil sketches, detailed manga pages (with translations), watercolours and digital artworks. The index includes the names and a miniature icon of each artwork, which was really appreciated. Afterword, index and interview are in English. I liked the artworks a lot, the use of space on pages is really well done. The work is visceral and confronting, at times unpleasant due to the mix of cute and appealing faces with eviscerated bodies. A long-time and casual fan of Junji Ito would enjoy this collection.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Vivien

    There’s something incredibly pleasant and delightful about Junji Ito’s works. The careful and deliberate lines. The soft round cheeks on female characters’ faces. The symmetry of their face with these large, dead/empty eyes. The endless spirals, circles, and swirls. There rarely is empty spaces, which I find exciting; there is so much going on and you need to look at everything closely. My favorite pages: 65-67 (soichi has such great teeth, lmao), 68 (looks like me), 79 (love how rich the blue i There’s something incredibly pleasant and delightful about Junji Ito’s works. The careful and deliberate lines. The soft round cheeks on female characters’ faces. The symmetry of their face with these large, dead/empty eyes. The endless spirals, circles, and swirls. There rarely is empty spaces, which I find exciting; there is so much going on and you need to look at everything closely. My favorite pages: 65-67 (soichi has such great teeth, lmao), 68 (looks like me), 79 (love how rich the blue is), 101 (hilarious), 106-107, 109, and the preview images from page 131 because of the metallic paper is is printed on.

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