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Shiver: Junji Ito Selected Stories Hardcover – December 19, 2017
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About the Author
- Grade Level : 10 - 12
- Item Weight : 1.49 pounds
- Hardcover : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1421596938
- ISBN-13 : 978-1421596938
- Product Dimensions : 5.75 x 1.2 x 8.25 inches
- Publisher : VIZ Media LLC (December 19, 2017)
- Language: : English
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Here are the stories included in this collection: Used Record, Shiver, Fashion Model, Hanging Blimp, Painter (this is a Tomie story), The Long Dream, Honored Ancestors, Greased (one of the grossest Ito stories, at least visually!), and a previously unpublished new story called Fashion Model: Cursed Frame. After every story there is a short commentary section with sketches, explaining inspirations behind the stories. Think of this as a greatest hits type of book, with a wide variety of stories. If you like this, definitely check out the Tomie/Uzumaki/Gyo collections!
But even to a long time follow of Junji Ito's work, the collection doesn't offer very much. The authors notes and commentary are half page interludes and a couple of rough sketches that don't really add much to experience. Considering the wild and truly bizarre material that's being covered, a deeper dive into the works would have gone a long way. While getting a collection of newly licensed and translated works is great, if you've already picked up a few of his other works, you'll spot a duplicate. There's a story that's already a part of the Tomie collection, which wouldn't too big of a deal except Shiver could have used some stronger pieces in the collection that could have made it flow a little better. This is only a must have for the diehard completionists, except they'll be upset over the duplicate, and they'll be upset that the binding doesn't match any of the other collections, so it'll stick out like a sore thumb on your shelf.
Ito is a master of the page turn, usually leaving the last box on a page with something about to happen. Turning to the next page and seeing the whole entire page used for an amazing visual up never gets old, and Ito has mastered the technique.
Flipping through the pages is a better way to experience these stories but that's just a personal opinion. If you are a fan of his work you probably already own Tomie, Uzumaki, Gyo, Fragments of Horror and more. If not you should definitely check those out too. Shiver is a must by for any fan.
Best stories are the Long Dream which is actually fascinating, and the family of puppets story, which is strikingly sad in a way I can't fully describe. Worst is definitely the Oil Index one which was just GROSS!
Overall these comics are addictive though, would love to see more on Kindle (btw, these are surprsingly readable on a Kindle Paperwhite).
Story 1: A little bit creepy, but not all that impressive.
Story 2: Pretty creepy, with some good visuals.
Story 3: More funny that scary, whether intentional or not.
Story 4: OH GOD WHY?! WHY?! WHY?! WHYYYYYY?!!!
Story 5: The Addams Family...with puppets.
Story 6: A Tomie story, I've never read the Tomie series so I can't tell if it was good or bad.
Story 7: An interesting and unnerving story about dreams, with grotesque visuals.
Story 8: Human Centipede!
Story 9: Gross...just gross.
Bonus Story: A short sequel to Story 3, not as good as the first.
Overall these were good and bad stories, I would recommend this for diehard Junji Ito fans. For those who are trying to get started on Ito's work, this is probably not a good start.
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This actually has ten stories, but seeing as the last one, Fashion Model: Cursed Frame's only 7 pages (and doesn't really add anything to Fashion Model - there's barely any time for the setup before the ending), I can see why it's only advertised as nine.
My favourite story was Shiver, the art towards the end was really effective, reminded me (being intentionally vague here) of an iconic image from Uzumaki. I also liked Fashion Model (the jump cuts are great for giving it a sense of inevitability), Marionette Mansion and Honored Ancestors.
The Long Dream feels a bit too familiar, the dreams are played more for laughs than really showing the horror aspect of them. Being told a character was looking for a restroom for eight years is always going to be funny to me, you either need to show what it's like (because the image I have is definitely funny) or find something else. Of course, the humour may be what he intended, and not every story has to be straight horror, but I still think it was a great premise that could've lead to a better story.
Hanging Blimp reminded me of the later parts of Gyo, and not in a good way - where the monsters are just slightly too silly to be scary. Maybe it works, it's hard to say - a lot of his stuff sounds ridiculous, and even is ridiculous, but can also be terrifying. Maybe if I re-read some of it, or had been in a different mood, it would've worked for me. I'm in two minds about a lot of Tomie, as to whether I'd prefer it if it followed one story, or if I can just enjoy the (largely) separate stories.
I wouldn't say no to more collections like this, having read everything from the new Viz media editions.
The artwork is excellent and the stories are all very good. Each story has page or two dedicated to how Junji Ito developed it.
The book isn't a quick half hour read, which is good. Think of the stories being similar to 'tales of the unexpected' with a junji twist.
Most definitely recommended.
The stories are unique, and his illustration style is flawless.
If your a fan of all things weird and unsettling, this book is a must buy.