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Tomie, Volume 1 Paperback – April 1, 2001
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Junji Ito (b. 1963) is best known for the `Tomie` series, but he`s produced countless bone-chilling horror collections. He received the prestigious Kazuo Umezu Award for manga artistry and he cites Mr. Umezu as his main artistic influence.
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The premise of these stories revolves around Tomie, a beautiful young girl with a voracious appetite for consuming young men, who finds herself with a uniquely disturbing gift. She has the power to mesmerize, possessing the male soul utterly with less than even a glance, making them kill and die for her at a whim. This she uses to her advantage, picking up their spirits and smashing them against the jagged rocks she so cruelly manipulates. Unfortunately for her, these men all find themselves driven by a need to kill her as well, to hacking her into pieces with a madness even they find disturbing. Still, she has the ability to come back, each portion regenerating other Tomies that are just as beautiful and just as deadly, always unable to forgive the person that inflicted that painfully derived demise from.
If you've never had a chance to check out his works and you've the need to be disturbed by something, this is a good place to wet your feet. Then, after finding yourself hooked, you can continue to the second edition of Tomie, an even more disturbing creation, and then on into the lives of the unfortunates that Ito crafts in other tales.
To me she embodies all that is dangerous in women and brings out in men all that is frightening but all to real. She is truly a monster, and one that I think all men fear that any woman might become.
Manga comics are often disposable. Read quickly and thrown away, but I had to search and find a copy of this to keep for myself...and to loan to other men as a warning (evil laugh).
This is a frightening and disturbing manga. It has a lot of gore,but that is not what makes it so interesting and scary; the story and ideas behind the artwork do most of the job. The art is beautiful in a macabre way.
So, the bottom line is that if you are thinking of getting into horror manga, then you should seriously consider getting this book.