Itou Junji Kyoufu Manga Collection 16: Frankenstein
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Itou Junji Kyoufu Manga Collection 16: Frankenstein

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Synonyms: A Doll's Hellish Burial, Memories of Real Shit, Jigoku no Ningyousou, Real Unko no Omoide
Japanese: 伊藤潤二恐怖マンガCOLLECTION⑯ フランケンシュタイン


Type: Manga
Volumes: 1
Chapters: 5
Status: Finished
Published: Jan 1999
Genres: Drama Drama, Horror Horror, Supernatural Supernatural
Theme: Psychological Psychological
Serialization: None
Authors: Itou, Junji (Story & Art)


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Victor Frankenstein is a promising Swiss noble and passionate scientist who seeks to unlock the very mysteries of life. Driven by the desire to create his own living being, Victor begins constructing a creature from the parts of the deceased. Though successful in bringing it to life, his triumph quickly turns to horror as he finds his creation to be an utterly revolting and unsightly beast.

Having passed out in shock, Victor awakens to find his creation gone. Soon, he works to forget his former passion and distance himself from his transgression. However, when the creature reemerges into his life, Victor finds he must deal with a vengeance-seeking fiend, lest he lose all that he holds precious in life.

Jigoku no Ningyousou (A Doll's Hellish Burial)
In the midst of a worldwide epidemic where girls slowly transform into lifeless dolls, two parents find their child Marie has been infected. Though the couple love their daughter, they must decide their course of action: bury her and end their torment, or spare her no matter what she may become.

Real Unko no Omoide (Memories of Real Shit)
The horror mangaka Junji Itou recalls a vivid memory from his childhood. When at a festival, he came across a stall that seemed to sell real feces. Though it was just a toy, the sight created a burning desire in the mischievous boy...

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Frankenstein is an adaptation of Mary Shelley's 1818 gothic horror novel of the same title. While generally a faithful adaptation, the story diverges from the original in the final third where Junji Itou provides his unique spin on the story.

Frankenstein and Jigoku no Ningyousou were published in English (the latter as The Hell of the Doll Funeral) by VIZ Media as a part of their Junji Itou story collection Frankenstein.

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Apr 27, 2021
The main reason I'm writing this review is because in the majority of the reviews I've seen, no one has read the original book. This is also my first Junji Ito work that I've ever read, so I can initially say that the art style is incredible. Ito's artwork is captivating and complicated, and it really adds to the story of Frankenstein. That said, it does a good job of summarizing the first half of the book, but then the second half starts to change somewhat significantly. I found Ito's ending just as enjoyable as Shelley's, so I wouldn't say this is a bad thing. ...
Apr 6, 2019
Mixed Feelings
Frankenstein has always been one of my favourite stories of any medium - I know, kind of ironic considering, I still haven't finished the original book by Mary Shelley.

Then again, just like the titular character, who wouldn't have things some other person's or force's way, I saw the films, read and researched on things and somehow patched together a plot summary of my own over the years. The general idea of the story was always really compelling to me: a man wanting to surpass god, as well as the sympathetic attempts of the monster, who was shunned out of society for being different always ...
Mar 9, 2021
My first time reading this was probably 10 years ago now, Junji Itou's Frankenstein left a profound impact on me; but this review will be of my most recent reading of it, about 10 minutes ago.
At the time, I hadn't yet read Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, and admittedly now I can see that it does fall in the shadow of the original piece. That isn't to say this is bad, in fact, of all mediums I've experienced thus far this is perhaps the best adaptation/retelling.

The spotlight of this adaptation, and unsurprisingly so for an Itou piece, is the spectacular art and design choices. No longer ...

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