Feb 3, 2019
I'll admit, I was a little unsure going into this. It didn't sound like my usual horror story - I like a good bit of gore, or some psychological that makes me wary when I go to do something that reminds me of the story - for instance, Junji Ito's Human Chair, which made me incredibly careful about what chairs I sit down in and will for a long time. This particular story seemed to be your usual strange occurrences happen at sea, maybe everyone drowns or becomes stranded. Not my usual type of horror reading at all.
However, as short a read as this was,
it was definitely intriguing. Playing on some of the old urban legends from varying culture, Ito manages to bring to life a superstition that has been written about in fear to life in a gruesome manner. With chilling art, as expected by one of the most renowned guro artists there are, this leaves chills down your spine and may cause some anxiety getting on a fishing boat.
The artwork is definitely what brings this to life more than anything else - the story seems quite basic and there may be many similar renditions to a story such as this. However, Ito's artwork makes this stand out from any possible crowd it could be put into. This one will definitely be read more than once this year for me, and makes me even more excited for future reads by Ito.
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