Ito Junji Kyoufu Manga Collection - Kao Dorobou
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Ito Junji Kyoufu Manga Collection - Kao Dorobou

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: The Face Burglar, Scarecrows, Falling, Red String, My Dear Ancestors, Honored Ancestors, The Hanging Balloons, Hanging Blimp
Japanese: 顔泥棒


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Type: Manga
Volumes: 1
Chapters: 6
Status: Finished
Published: Dec 1987 to 1998
Genres: Drama Drama, Horror Horror, Supernatural Supernatural
Theme: Psychological Psychological
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Authors: Ito, Junji (Story & Art)

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Synopsis

Kao Dorobou (The Face Burglar)
When problem student Yumi Machida transfers to a new school, one sight stands out to her: two girls in her class look like identical twins. Very soon one of the twins starts following Yumi around, much to her chagrin. Yumi finds that this girl, known as Kamei, is determined to be with her as often as possible. However, despite attempting to ward Kamei away, Yumi finds herself swept into a sinister plan, for Kamei is neither who she says she is, nor who she appears to be.

Kakashi (Scarecrows)
Though it's been weeks since her funeral, Numata consistently visits his daughter Yuki's grave. When he spots Toshio—Yuki's former lover—paying his respects, he blames him for her death. In an impulsive rage, Numata plucks a scarecrow from the nearby fields and posts it in Yuki's grave to ward Toshio off. When he later comes to remove the scarecrow, Numata finds that its appearance has somewhat changed. In a matter of days, it now closely resembles his deceased daughter. Soon, the whole village follows suit, planting scarecrows into their loved one's graves to bring back their semblance. But with their return come the secrets that they were supposed to be buried with.

Rakka (Falling)
In the midst of an outbreak of suicides, a man catches his wife Erika trying to hang herself. Though he is able to rescue her, all she asks him thereafter is why he didn't let her die. The following day, Erika, along with hundreds of patients, hypnotically leave the hospital and disappear from the town completely. The town looks but to no avail, only finding Erika in a tree, still wishing to die. Clueless as to what is happening, the answer will soon come falling down to them.

Akai Ito (Red String)
Ishii has been dumped by his girlfriend Momoko Sakurai, leading him to skip school for the next three days in order to get over his heartache. When he returns, he discovers some strange red stitching on his wrist, and even more on his stomach later. With no help from doctors and no way to cut it, Ishii must struggle to discover the source and cure of his rapidly developing problem before it completely envelops him.

Gosenzo-sama (My Dear Ancestors)
When Makita finds his friend Risa aimlessly wandering through town, he discovers that she has lost her memories. Seeking medical help, the doctor determines that she likely witnessed something traumatic before losing her memories. Recuperating at home, Risa is plagued by nightmares of giant caterpillars but is no closer to revealing what she saw. Makita wants to help bring back her memories, and requests her to come over to his house. However, Risa only feels unease upon entering...

Kubitsuri Kikyuu (The Hanging Balloons)
Kazuko's friend, the popular idol Fujino Terumi, has committed suicide by hanging herself in public. As the news of her death spreads around, so does a wave of copycat suicides, giving rise to rumors of Terumi's ghost. With these rumors come strange but detailed reports that Terumi's ghost has manifested as her giant, floating head. As Kazuko starts to investigate, she realizes that these strange incidents are merely the beginning of the end.

Background

The one-shots Kao Dorobou, Kakashi, and Kubitsuri Kikyuu received live-action adaptations.

Gosenzo-sama was published in English as Honored Ancestors and Kubitsuri Kikyuu as Hanging Blimp by VIZ Media as part of Shiver: Junji Ito Selected Stories on December 19, 2017.

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Dec 18, 2017
Krugo (All reviews)
In my quest to read the entire Ito Junji Collection, I figured I would write a review for those that did not already have one. For this review series, I will include my favorite and least favorite from the volume at the end.This is my first review ever, so please bear with me.

Story, 7: In the fourth volume, we have six stories, all more or less focused on unexplainable phenomena that occur to a different cast of characters in each story. I thought that each one had its merits, and they were definitely original premises, but I only truly enjoyed "The Hanging Balloons" (which I read more

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