Since each chapter is a contained story, it's a little weird on rating the story overall. That said, the work has some good stuff and some really bad stuff. I'm talking terrible. The bad stuff is spoiler territory so I can't get into that, but the real shame is that some of these things could have worked had they remained one-shots and were never compiled into a singular volume. For instance, the last story is, at it's best, a fairly interesting story. That said, it's still not all that special, it's just morbid with a twist.
Also, I feel it should be mentioned that horror isn't
always full of sucky lives. Most of the stories have some of the same tropes where children live in bad homes. Or, we get an incredible amount of detail in the gore rather than the mystery of what's taking place. And, in other elements, we get a bunch of stuff that makes little-to-no sense whatsoever. It's a real mess.
Terrible but fitting. In some cases, the art looks pretty good considering the subject matter. While it becomes somewhat unnoticeable a lot of the proportions are way off and nearly every page has an issue. Again, this could be written off as stylistic intent, but it seems a little less self-aware than perhaps intended.
There's a story that has nearly 5 pages of stuff where I had no idea what was taking place because of the art. Also, there's this consistent blur that's added for shading, rather than shading in certain sections. It takes up one whole half of a panel and it's really quite annoying.
No character whatsoever. Certain characters are carbon copies, and other characters are carbon copies of other characters. It's a real mess. Only, like, 2 stories have their own real thing going on.
I mean, I don't think this was all that good. I was pretty mad about some of them simply because they were wasted potential, and others I had no idea what was going on. I guess, to put it simply, a work like this is striving VERY hard to be like Junji Ito's work. However, where Ito has a proper slope and scale when it comes to his pacing, while also knows how to be subtle and mysterious with his stories, Nori Ochazuki can't pace his horror for the life of himself, has no ability to create mystery, and fails in creating anything particularly memorable in the grand scale.
There's a lot of work that needs to be done here.
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