Dec 21, 2017
Because this title technically only contains four chapters (explained in the synopsis above), this review only takes into account those four chapters. However, I don't think my ratings would change much if this reviewed the entire volume, but it is something to keep in mind.
Story, 6: There is a sequel to the four chapters included in Volume 15 of "The Horror World of Ito Junji" which was entertaining, but seemed mostly unnecessary to the overall narrative of that arc. The other one-shots included had interesting premises but had very rushed endings.
Art, 7: There are some great biological horror pieces (namely in "The Woman With No
Ribs"), and it is otherwise pleasing to the eye.
Characters, 5: Most of the characters don't really have much of a personality, and even if they do, they suddenly undergo a radical personality change upon reaching the climax of the story.
Enjoyment, 6: I thought the plotlines were interesting, but I was mostly underwhelmed by the stories as a whole. The characters were very weak (in my opinion), and this tarnished my enjoyment quite a bit.
Overall, 6: Fans of the 'Hibito no Koiwazurai" volume in "The Horror World of Ito Junji" may enjoy this volume, as it expands on a plot point teased at the end of the fourth chapter. The one-shots included were interesting, but mostly skippable.
Favorite Chapter: "Phantom Mansion"; Least Favorite: "Real Unko no Omoide"
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