Frankenstein Junji Ito Story Collection Review

Frankenstein Junji Ito Story Collection Review

-Written by: Will & Nate

Hello! This is Will and I'm reviewing Junji It's Frankenstein with my co-worker Nate today.

  • Nate
    Hi! I’m Nate and I’m a long-time fan of horror, and relatively new to Junji It’s work, but I’ve been really impressed by what I’ve read and wanted to read more, so when I heard that It had done a graphic novel adaptation of the classic story of Frankenstein, I had to check it out.
  • Will
    I'm in a similar situation. I have read some of It's short stories and got super excited when this was on the review sign-ups.
    Glad to say his longer stories match the quality of his short stories, IMO
  • Nate
    Yes. This is my first long story by It that I’ve read, and I happy to say that I’m as impressed with this as any of his short stories that I’ve read.
  • Will
    Of course we're talking about Frankenstein, the story about the scientist who discovered the secret of life.
    But this is Junji It's take. This isn't anything like Boris Karloff's, Universal Monster movie version. It's much darker.
  • Nate
    Yes, I read the original novel of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley back in high school and loved it. So I was very curious to find out: would It alter the story in injecting an element of the bizarre into it? Or would he follow the classic novel closely?
  • Will
    I haven't read the original Mary Shelley novel, so I have no idea.
  • Nate
    Well, I don’t want to spoil it, so I’ll just say I was very impressed. It’s art style picked up on many details that I had forgotten, and probably would have been overlooked by other artists.
  • Will
    That's good to hear he gave a more original interpretation. No matter what, the story is very effective. It has always been great at body horror, and his images are haunting.
    The moment when the Monster comes to life will stay with me for a long time.
  • Nate
    Absolutely. A haunting scene.
    He also does an excellent job with the characters. I feel they were portrayed very true to the source material, and he really made the emotion come through.
  • Will
    He's able to draw very real facial expressions, which helps makes the character more compelling. It's something that's hard to pull off in the realistic style It draw, unlike the moe style of most manga. Luckily, It continues to show why he's the master.
  • Nate
    And that just makes me want to read his other longer stories!
  • Will
    I can vouch for Uzumaki. I've only read clips, but the artwork makes me want to throw up.
    Which means I love it :laughing:
  • Nate
    LOL! That’s an interesting complement, but I know what you mean!
  • Will
    It accomplishes what he set out to do: make the reader as uncomfortable as possible.
  • Nate
    Frankenstein’s monster is a gross, horrifying mess. But that’s exactly how it should be!
  • Will
    I agree. The emphasis on the eyes especially. It helps bring home the themes of the story.
  • Nate
    Exactly! Pushing the boundaries of science is not something that should be done lightly.
  • Will
    I think so as well.
    We could talk about Frankenstein all day, but that only covers a third of the book's page count!
  • Nate
    Yes, the short stories included after Frankenstein were fascinating to read also.
    I would have been happy if they were each completely separate stories, but it only pulled me in further when I realized that they were connected, and all revolved around the same character.
    Each one made me want to continue further and figure out how they were connected.
  • Will
    The main character, Oshikiri, is one disturbed kid.
  • Nate
    LOL! That’s putting it mildly. I would be horrified to live in that house alone, like he does!
  • Will
    Poor kid lives alone and in a room straight out of The Shining, no wonder he constantly finds himself in these ghost stories.
  • Nate
    His classmates are in for a scare as well. It’s dangerous to know Oshikiri.
  • Will
    Dangerous is putting it mildly.
    If you found the images in Frankenstein disturbing, wait until you read these stories.
  • Nate
    Yes, the nature of the horror is very different, but It handles it masterfully.
  • Nate
    It shows his emotional side too in the end. Wrapping the book up with a pair of stories about (what I assume is) his own dog made for a touching ending.
  • Will
    Yeah, I didn't realize such a twisted mind could have such a cute dog.
    I found it funny how the dog was called Master and the human (I assume It) is called his Minion.
  • Nate
    I really enjoyed that touch. Anybody who has lived with pets can identify with that sentiment. Clearly, Non-Non meant a lot to him.
  • Will
    I liked how It kept it real, showing both the good times and the bad times of the dog's life.
    Hopefully he can write more stories like this, he needs the mental break.
  • Nate
    That would be a fun way to wrap up his books.

Frankenstein Junji Ito Story Collection

The master of horror manga brings the world's greatest horror novel—Frankenstein—back to life. Junji Ito meets Mary Shelley! The master of horror manga bends all his skill into bringing the anguished and solitary monster and the fouler beast who created him with the brilliantly detailed chiaroscuro he is known for. Also included are is the Oshikiri story cycle—a high school student who lives in a decaying mansion connected to a haunted parallel world. Uncanny doppelgangers, unfortunately murdered friends, and a whole lot more are in store for him. Bonus: Ito’s dog! Thrill to the adventures of Non-non Ito, an adorable Maltese!

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