Lenni Reviews: “Smashed: Junji Ito Story Collection” by Junji Ito

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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review and us suggested for mature readers.

In another Junji Ito collection, I am once again impressed, frightened, and confused as to why I keep inflicting these nightmarish stories on myself. But Ito is true to his usual macabre, gory self in this series of short stories that will send shivers down your spine. I never get tired of this guy and love his work. I don’t want to go too deep into all the stories but my favorite was “Earthbound.” 5 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Shiver” By Junji Ito

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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review and is suggested for mature readers.

In yet another collection, Junji Ito continues to simultaneously impress me all while wondering why I keep chomping at the bit to read his work. Some of these stories feel a tad clipped but when you’re trying to keep things short, it can’t be helped. Ito really is a master of what he does even if I have to read happy things for awhile whenever I pick up a book of his. 4.9 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Junji Ito’s Dissolving Classroom” by Junji Ito

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New kid in town Yuuma Azawa introduces himself to his new class then immediately apologizes. And keeps apologizing… All the time. Keiko Arisu feels bad for him and befriends him but she didn’t realize Yuuma has an evil little sister, Chizumi. She tells Keiko Yuuma apologizes because he has summoned the devil and feels power when he says sorry to the demon. Oh, it also melts your brain so Chisumi can eat it.

When will I learn? Junji Ito = brain searing terror. From the mind that gave the world Uzumaki and Museum of Terror comes this equally horrid tale of two evil siblings who destroy everything around them. This surreal collection of stories about them is supposed to be “a literal interpretation of the ills that plague modern society” but I’m not seeing it. Is it apologizing too much? There is something to be said for apologizing for no reason or for the same thing over and over because in time the act and the words lose all meaning. But even without digging for interpretation, it’s a gloomy, creepy, SUPER GROSS bit of horror and is a classic example of Ito’s work. I give this book a 4 out of 5; taking a point away to punish it for my nightmares.

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