Kuro Ihon's strong point is definitely its unnerving stories. The manga skips around from tale to tale, each of which are pretty simplistic, yet they still have a layer of complexity for the mind to chew on. Each tale is overall well-told with a few of them having unsettling cliffhangers - an important element to scary short stories.
The art in Kuro Ihon flip-flops from being borderline cartoonish to messy and hyperrealistic. A lot of potential was lost in the art category because setting an ominous mood throughout the entire book is essential in making the reader feel creeped out. Kuro Ihon could have been so much more memorable if the gorey scenes were not so sketchy and the characters were not so cartoonish.
All of the characters featured were extremely easily forgettable, but that doesn't really matter in a manga of Kuro Ihon's type. The book focuses moreso on the stories themselves rather than the parties involved. To the author's credit, however, the characters did react realistically to the situations they were place into.
Kuro Ihon is nice if you are looking for some scary stories that aren't hard on the brain yet get the job done. I personally enjoyed this manga for this reason exactly. It's definitely not anything I will be returning to anytime in the future, however; it's decent, but certainly forgettable. read more