Ma no Kakera
Fragments of Horror
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Ma no Kakera

Alternative Titles

English: Fragments of Horror
Synonyms: The Shards of Evil, Futon, Mokuzou no Kai, Tomio: Akai High-neck, Yuruyaka na Wakare, Kaibou-chan, Kuroi Tori, Nanakuse Magami, Mimikosuru Onna, Haunted Wood Mansion, Tomio: Red Turtleneck, Lingering Farewell, Dissection Girl, Black Bird, Nanakuse
Japanese: 魔の断片

Information

Type: Manga
Volumes: 1
Chapters: 8
Status: Finished
Published: Apr 13, 2013 to Apr 12, 2014
Genres: HorrorHorror, ShoujoShoujo
Authors: Ito, Junji (Story & Art)
Serialization: Nemuki+

Statistics

Score: 7.551 (scored by 57665,766 users)
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Ranked: #22432
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Popularity: #1128
Members: 10,162
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Synopsis

Futon
After eloping, Madoka and Tomio should have been happy. But shortly afterwards, Tomio refuses to leave his futon. As he burrows in its folds, what sort of unseen horror is he hiding from?

Mokuzou no Kai (Wooden Spirit)
More than anything else, Megumi and her father are proud of their house's pedigree, as it has been recently honored as a national tangible cultural property. This renown draws the interest of architecture student Manami Kino, who ends up boarding alongside the father-daughter pair. As Manami becomes more ingrained in their lives, she reveals tell-tale signs of her love for the house.

Tomio: Akai High-neck (Tomio・Red Turtleneck)
Clad in a crimson turtleneck and clutching the sides of his head, Tomio begs for his ex-girlfriend Madoka's help. The enchanting fortune-teller who stole his heart now wants to steal another thing—Tomio's head. Lacerations wind around his neck, and the only thing keeping him whole is the waning strength of his hands.

Yuruyaka na Wakare (Gentle Goodbye)
Against his family's wishes, Makoto Tokura marries Riko. Soon, she learns of the family's special ritual. They have the ability to bring back the ghosts of the dead, calling them "afterimages." After a couple of decades, these afterimages will fade, but they grant family members the chance to say a gentle goodbye to loved ones. Riko hopes the family can bring back the afterimage of her father when he dies, but even after years, they still don't approve of her. What secret could they be hiding?

Kaibou-chan (Dissection-chan)
At Chuo Medical University, students prepare to dissect cadavers to study their anatomy. However, one group is in for a surprise when they unwrap their body bag to discover the woman inside is still alive! Ruriko Tamiya is a psychotic girl obsessed with being dissected. As a child, she would carve open small animals' stomachs while her unwilling accomplice Tatsuro Kamata would hold them down.

Tatsuro was able to escape her influence, but now, eight years later, she begs him to open her stomach. What horrors lurk beneath her veneer of skin?

Kuroi Tori (Blackbird)
Crippled in the wilderness, Shiro Moriguchi survived for a month off the provisions in his backpack... or so he says. In truth, his survival depended on a mysterious bird-woman who fed him regurgitated raw meat. However, even Moriguchi's rescue can't save him from her far too "caring" tendencies, as she continues to force-feed him meat and organs of unknown origin.

Nanakuse Magami (Magami Nanakuse)
Magami Nanakuse is a talented author, whose stories focus on people with strange habits called "tics." Despite their obscure status, Magami's books are addicting. One such avid fan is Kaoru Koketsu. An aspiring novelist herself, Kaoru receives the chance of a lifetime when Magami invites Kaoru to visit. However, this visit doesn't turn out happy; Magami declares Kaoru a "tic faker," ranting on the poor girl. After drinking together, their conversation leads Magami to see a spark of potential in Kaoru—the ultimate tic.

Mimikosuru Onna (Whispering Woman)
Mayumi Santo only knows how to live by taking orders. Should she sit, and if so, how should she sit? Does she lower her bottom first, or does she bend her knees first? Every one of Mayumi's actions requires strict direction for her to feel sane. Though her father Shigeki loves her, he is at wits' end as every caretaker eventually quits. His saving grace comes in the form of Mitsu Uchida, a beautiful young lady who offers to become the next caretaker.

Despite Shigeki's initial misgivings, Mitsu proves to be more adept than any before her. Still, the mystery remains—just who is Mitsu Uchida, and for what reasons does she go to such lengths to care for Mayumi?

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Background

Ma no Kakera was published in English as Fragments of Horror by VIZ Media under the VIZ Signature imprint on June 16, 2015, in Spanish by ECC Comics on March 25, 2015, and in Brazilian Portuguese by DarkSide Books on July 26, 2017.

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May 7, 2017
ThatRazorGuy (All reviews)
This was my first foray into the world of mangaka Junji Ito and I couldn’t have asked for a better introduction. Fragments of Horror is quite simply one of the best horror anthologies I’ve come across in any medium.

Fragments of Horror is comprised of eight short stories of varying lengths. While some are better than others, they are all effective. It starts off with Futon, which consists of a mere eight pages yet masterfully sets the tone for the anthology. Eerie, quirky, shocking and unpredictable. Said tone is established and maintained by pretty much all of the stories featuring twist-laden plots often incorporating the theme read more
Sep 24, 2016
Kotoneko-chan (All reviews)
Story 7/10

Ma no Kakera has stand-alone chapters, with pretty simplistic stories, so don't expect something which will blow you away. Despite that lack of complexity, I didn't find most of the stories really predictable. They usually have a twist, which in some cases will leave you like WTF? (specially Nanakuse Kyokumi and Haunted Wood Mansion stories)

Art 10/10

I find Ito Junji's art really great, and Ma no Kakera is not a exception. It fits the story well and creates a proper atmosphere.

Characters 6/10

The worst part of Ma no Kakera. They have no depth and are completly forgettable. However, being a totally plot-driven manga, the characters aren't read more
Jun 22, 2018
neeonX (All reviews)
There's something about Junji Ito's work that I have a hard time putting into words. While reading this, I didn't feel particularly fulfilled after each short story. Some were quite weak and some were pretty strong. Some had interesting premises and execution, some were just kinda silly. But even after reading some of the best stories in this collection, I didn't feel a lot of satisfaction. Then, after I finished the book, it dawned on me: Junji Ito's work is a slow burn. It just sticks with you, coming to mind when you least expect it. It haunts you.

Not that his work is particularly scary read more
Aug 18, 2017
CrystalAnimeTear (All reviews)
Note: I also wrote this review on Goodreads under the name Animelove24 but it is still my review.

This review will be consisted of what I thought of each story.

Futon: A nice short start to the collection. A little bit horrifying, and a little bit funny. I gets you prepared for how all the other stories are going to be.

Wooden Spirit: This one I just found really weird. I didn't really get why the woman was there or why the house turned into a monster. I definitely liked the first one better.

Tomio. Red Turtleneck: Here is where I feel the 'Horror' part of Fragments of Horror read more

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