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on April 12, 2002
(This review is for volume 2 only)
So I read volume 1 and got totally involved and couldn't wait to read this. Unfortunately, it wasn't up to par. It's incomplete. volume 1 takes a lot of time (most of the chapters) with the storyline of Tsukiko and Yamazaki. The last two chapters don't deal with them, but since their story obviously isn't finished one expects that it will be continued in volume 2. The last we heard of them is that they're both more or less in a state of danger, but volume 2 totally ignores their plight. Instead, you get a series of little independent stories. Each one features totally different characters, with Tomie being the only common link. There is no conclusion to the story whatsoever. It's rather maddening.
It gets two stars because of the beautiful artwork and a few interesting stories. However, it lacks what made volume one great which was a patient and skillful buildup of events with recurring and interesting characters.
If you're a diehard Junji Ito fan you should probably get this. If you love his artwork and want more, this is also a good choice. However, if you mainly want to see the conclusion of volume 1's riveting storyline (and get scared in the process) then you shouldn't bother. It's just not there.