This week, we’re celebrating a master horror: Junji Ito. In this episode, we dive into why Junji Ito matters to the horror genre, manga, and beyond. We go into a history of how he started as a mangaka (manga creator/illustrator/author), who he was inspired by, why he sees himself as an inheritor of horror and not an innovator, and of course how his journey into horror uses common fears. Plus, we do it all with booktuber, writer, and Ito fan, Cidnya!
If you haven’t heard about Junji Ito before, he’s a horror mangaka based in Japan. Some of his most notable works include The Enigma of Amigara Fault, daily line Tomie, a series chronicling an immortal girl who drives her stricken admirers to madness, Uzumaki, a three-volume series about a town obsessed with spirals, and Gyo, a two-volume story where fish are controlled by a strain of sentient bacteria called “the death stench.” His work has been adapted into live action film series, anime, and more. Plus, we got the chance to talk about how his signature art style works between the normal, the beautiful, and complete nightmare fuel.
Get your weeb on this episode and listen to why Junji Ito matters.