Ito Junji Kyoufu Manga Collection - Ayatsuri no Yashiki
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Ito Junji Kyoufu Manga Collection - Ayatsuri no Yashiki

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Ice Cream Bus, Gang House, The Smoking Club, Second-hand Record, Used Record, The Sleeping Room, The Gift Bearer, House of the Marionettes, Marionette Mansion
Japanese: あやつり屋敷


Information

Type: Manga
Volumes: 1
Chapters: 7
Status: Finished
Published: 1998
Genres: Drama Drama, Horror Horror, Supernatural Supernatural
Theme: Psychological Psychological
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Authors: Ito, Junji (Story & Art)

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Synopsis

Ice Cream Bus
After Sonohara, a divorcee, moves into a new condo with his son Tomoki, he learns of an ice cream truck that makes regular visits to the complex. Furthermore, the driver—a silent, handsome man—offers a service of driving the children around town while they enjoy their ice cream. Although initially reluctant, Sonohara soon concedes and lets Tomoki join in. But as time passes, Sonohara begins to notice the horrifying effects his choice has on Tomoki.

Nakama no Ie (Clubhouse)
When friends Chikako and Minae find the local abandoned house unlocked, they boldly decide to enter it. While the girls split up to explore the house, their friend Yukari stays outside. When they exit, however, Yukari notices that the two appear strangely shaken by whatever they witnessed. Not long after, Chikako and Minae start behaving bizarrely, refusing to talk to each other, leaving Yukari in an awkward position. But when Yukari starts to learn the history of the building, the reason behind her friends' change of heart starts to become frighteningly clear.

Tobacco-kai (The Smoking Club)
At school, the male students have taken to smoking. Looking to avoid being punished for smoking on school grounds, the boys set up an afterschool smoking club headed by Nakaya, who provides his own tobacco. Invited by his friend Shirai to join, Kondou attends the club—only to gradually realize the disturbing repercussions of Nakaya's unearthly cigarettes.

Chuuko Record (Used Record)
Enraptured by the hauntingly captivating song on her friend Ogawa's coveted record, Nakayama is curious about its origin and singer. Oddly enough, Ogawa refuses Nakayama's requests to copy, borrow, or even know how she obtained it. Fed up with her non-compliance, Nakayama impulsively steals the record, which sets her on a path to uncovering its disquieting origin.

Suima no Heya (Den of the Sleep Demon)
Aspiring writer Yuuji has gone without sleep for three days and seeks his friend Mari for help with his peculiar problem. In his dreams, another version of Yuuji exists and is looking to break out into the real world. Worried about this entity's intentions, he asks Mari to watch over and stop him from dozing off to ensure that the sleep demon cannot cross over. Thus begins their struggle against this otherworldly intruder.

Okuru Hito (The Gift Bearer)
Sousuke Ookura is a cold-blooded businessman who always puts himself above others to get what he wants. Consequently, a rival company hires a professional hypnotist to deal with him. The expert orders Ookura to forget his selfish ways and wholeheartedly devote himself to society and people's happiness. Some 14 years later, the hypnotist returns to the town to see the fruit of his labor. But what he finds is an odd young man who goes around town giving unwanted presents to people. Deciding to follow this man, the hypnotist soon discovers the disaster his work has wrought.

Ayatsuri Yashiki (Marionette Mansion)
When Haruhiko Kitawaki was young, he traveled from town to town with his poor family, relying solely on the meager income that came from performing his father's puppet shows. His older brother, Yukihiko, was never fond of the practice and left the family as soon as he could. When their father fell ill and died, Haruhiko and his sister, Natsumi, were forced to leave behind the touring life and live with relatives. Years later, Haruhiko receives a letter from Yukihiko, inviting him to his house. Along with Natsumi, the siblings reunite; unexpectedly, Haruhiko finds that his brother has embraced puppeteering again, taking it to an eerily personal level.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Background

Chuuko Record was published in English as Used Record and Ayatsuri Yashiki as Marionette Mansion by VIZ Media as part of Shiver: Junji Ito Selected Stories on December 19, 2017.

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More reviewsReviews

Jun 3, 2019
Rust_Cohle (All reviews)
My favorite stories in this volume are The smoking club, House of marionettes and Den of the sleep demon, those three stories belong to a group of stories by Junji Ito that remind me of the stories of the contemporary American writer Thomas Ligotti, I'm not going to To extend this much because he did not master English well but those who have read Ligotti know what I am talking about, it is that horror that some have called "ontological horror" or "philosophical horror" (another point of comparison with Ligotti and Ito is the creepy puppets as symbolisms of the human condition)

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- Den of read more
Dec 19, 2017
Krugo (All reviews)
This volume is again a collection of unrelated one-shots. The translation I read also included "Fixed Face", a short chapter included in the 2000 reprint of Volume 10, and there were other discrepancies in the page numbers; while I don't think this had any bearing on my actual experience, it may be helpful to note that I may not have read this volume in its purest form.

Story, 6: The premises were interesting and did a solid job at establishing an unsettling atmosphere, though nearly every one had an unsatisfying ending (at least for me; a lot of the unsettling feeling established throughout the chapter was read more

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