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The first volume of the series introduces us to Tomie, a girl who simply will not die. In the opening story, Tomie incurs the homicidal wrath of a lust-driven schoolteacher and his students. In "Photograph," she returns as a member of the oppressive Public Morality Committee and entraps an aspiring young photographer, Tsukiko. "Kiss" continues Tomie's pursuit of Tsukiko and h The first volume of the series introduces us to Tomie, a girl who simply will not die. In the opening story, Tomie incurs the homicidal wrath of a lust-driven schoolteacher and his students. In "Photograph," she returns as a member of the oppressive Public Morality Committee and entraps an aspiring young photographer, Tsukiko. "Kiss" continues Tomie's pursuit of Tsukiko and her favorite schoolteacher. In "Mansion," Tomie and one of her minions take control of an old man, his house, and his only daughter, with grotesque results. "Revenge" finds the demonic girl as the object of jealously rivalry between two bone-weary mountaineers. Collected Works: Tomie Photograph Kiss Mansion Revenge The Basin of the Waterfall


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The first volume of the series introduces us to Tomie, a girl who simply will not die. In the opening story, Tomie incurs the homicidal wrath of a lust-driven schoolteacher and his students. In "Photograph," she returns as a member of the oppressive Public Morality Committee and entraps an aspiring young photographer, Tsukiko. "Kiss" continues Tomie's pursuit of Tsukiko and h The first volume of the series introduces us to Tomie, a girl who simply will not die. In the opening story, Tomie incurs the homicidal wrath of a lust-driven schoolteacher and his students. In "Photograph," she returns as a member of the oppressive Public Morality Committee and entraps an aspiring young photographer, Tsukiko. "Kiss" continues Tomie's pursuit of Tsukiko and her favorite schoolteacher. In "Mansion," Tomie and one of her minions take control of an old man, his house, and his only daughter, with grotesque results. "Revenge" finds the demonic girl as the object of jealously rivalry between two bone-weary mountaineers. Collected Works: Tomie Photograph Kiss Mansion Revenge The Basin of the Waterfall

30 review for Tomie 1

  1. 4 out of 5

    ¸¸.•*¨*•♫ Mrs. Buttercup •*¨*•♫♪

    Even though Tomie is one of Junji ito's most famous works, it has never been my favourite. There is just something about it that doesn't spark my interest. For one thing, I don't find it as scary as some of his other works (especially the short stories), and also I don't particularly like Tomie as a character. The artwork is also less refined than some other works by the author, and the story itself is entertaining but not as great as others. This first volume gets better towards the end, and the Even though Tomie is one of Junji ito's most famous works, it has never been my favourite. There is just something about it that doesn't spark my interest. For one thing, I don't find it as scary as some of his other works (especially the short stories), and also I don't particularly like Tomie as a character. The artwork is also less refined than some other works by the author, and the story itself is entertaining but not as great as others. This first volume gets better towards the end, and the last few chapters are my favourites as I find them closer to Ito's usual atmospheric genius. I actually believe that Ito gives his best in short stories so, with the exception of Uzumaki, I sometimes have problems following a plot that spreads across several chapters/volumes. I also believe the horror of Tomie is specifically tailored for a male audience, because it reminds me of the myth of the mermaid, a woman who attracts young men with her apparent beauty, but turns out to be a horrible monster hungry for their flesh. Anyway, I may be immune to Tomie's charm, but I am not immune to Ito's art, so it was still worth re-reading this one.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Norah Una Sumner

    Surprisingly not as disturbing as some of Junji Ito's other works. Sure, the body horror is still just as present but perhaps it's the fact that the characters are barely flashed out or that we don't really have that much background knowledge of that that makes this fall short in terms of scaring me much. Creepy? Absolutely. One of his best works? Not even close. Surprisingly not as disturbing as some of Junji Ito's other works. Sure, the body horror is still just as present but perhaps it's the fact that the characters are barely flashed out or that we don't really have that much background knowledge of that that makes this fall short in terms of scaring me much. Creepy? Absolutely. One of his best works? Not even close.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Brenna

    Tomie was a beautiful schoolgirl in those days before her body parts were discovered scattered throughout a Japanese plateau. But this did not stop her from being the beautiful Tomie, for with her death came about the presence of other Tomies. Identical in every way to the (presumed) original, these Tomies lived throughout Japan, seducing men and boys alike. Looking at her caused a sort of spell, enticing the unfortunate being into following her commands unto their own deaths. Never clarified is w Tomie was a beautiful schoolgirl in those days before her body parts were discovered scattered throughout a Japanese plateau. But this did not stop her from being the beautiful Tomie, for with her death came about the presence of other Tomies. Identical in every way to the (presumed) original, these Tomies lived throughout Japan, seducing men and boys alike. Looking at her caused a sort of spell, enticing the unfortunate being into following her commands unto their own deaths. Never clarified is whether or not the horrible, horrible death of the first girl in Tomie 1: The Junji Ito Horror Comic Collection was the initial death which set off the series of events within the series. While on a class field trip, Tomie raised the ire of her betrothed and her high school teacher through her fiery passions, which directly led to her subsequent death and dismemberment. However, as each following story proceeds, it is discovered that the (seemingly) resurrected Tomie has learned only one thing from her experience; how to better manipulate through words. “Boys don't understand,” says the man presumed to be Tomie's aged father. “They get really into her but... for some reason, they try to cut her body into pieces. What is it about her that so attracts these boys?” As the story unfolds, it becomes less clear as to whether these are the words of a concerned father... or of Tomie's bizarre insecurities made manifest in the form of an older gentleman. What begins as a truly fantastic horror story becomes more and more plausible (within the parameters of horror story logic, anyway) by the end of the first volume. Perhaps the maladjusted girl from the first section of the book was but an extension of some earlier incarnation. Or maybe she truly was Victim Zero, as it initially appears. But as the stories become more and more independent, the characters less and less interrelated, it becomes obvious that there are a multitude of Tomies wandering the hills and valleys of Japan, haunting the springs and snow-capped mountains, driving masses of men and boys willingly to their deaths. And her motives are never fully revealed. For while a reader can sense that Tomie is somehow more than human by the first few pages, her own base humanity cannot be overlooked. Is she looking for that perfect love, which becomes so entrenching and all-encompassing that no mortal mind can retain its grasp on life? Or does she deliberately set out to destroy others using her stunning beauty as the fatal bait? Or - yet another feasible possibility – is Tomie some manner of demon which procreates through its own dismemberment, and finds that it must callously lure the unsuspecting into committing this task? Very few answers are given in Tomie 1, but a fascinating series of questions are presented. Sadly, with the 2005 demise of publisher ComicsOne, it may become more and more difficult to find subsequent volumes of Tomie which may answer them. (*Tomie contains perhaps the single most horrifying image I've ever seen in manga - that of a multi-faced worm-beast crawling along the floorboards of an old mansion in an attempt to help the protagonist escape from Tomie. Yes, the hideous creation is actually the misformed body of a formerly beautiful young girl who had suffered such a metamorphosis at Tomie's bequest. The disturbing image of all these twisted faces capped with the partially-formed giant head of Tomie and tailed with the segmented body of an earthworm is truly nightmarish, yet fascinating at the same time.)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Meisha (ALittleReader)

    This wasn’t bad. I just wasn’t intrigued enough to carry on to the next volume. Maybe it’s a personal thing. I don’t really care for manga much and I’m starting to think that the format just doesn’t connect with me as much as an actual book. I feel like the stories are too short and the stories felt some what bland to me. It felt like a more high school version of Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark. Interesting story just not scary and the meat of the story isn’t there... However I do find Tomi a This wasn’t bad. I just wasn’t intrigued enough to carry on to the next volume. Maybe it’s a personal thing. I don’t really care for manga much and I’m starting to think that the format just doesn’t connect with me as much as an actual book. I feel like the stories are too short and the stories felt some what bland to me. It felt like a more high school version of Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark. Interesting story just not scary and the meat of the story isn’t there... However I do find Tomi a very interesting character. And had it been done differently, I could see this being potentially truly terrifying. Just not my cup of tea. That being said, I do recommend it. I’d recommend it to people who love manga and love horror! :)

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rob

    (This review is for both volumes of Tomie.) (7/10) From the ad copy for this manga, it sounds like another installment of misogynistic horror that expresses a deep anxiety over young girls with unregulated sexuality and the uncomfortable ways they make men feel. But things are a bit more complicated than that. In the best of these stories (like the first few) Tomie isn't the real source of horror at all: through her abberant being, she reveals the horrific nature of the ordinary people around her (This review is for both volumes of Tomie.) (7/10) From the ad copy for this manga, it sounds like another installment of misogynistic horror that expresses a deep anxiety over young girls with unregulated sexuality and the uncomfortable ways they make men feel. But things are a bit more complicated than that. In the best of these stories (like the first few) Tomie isn't the real source of horror at all: through her abberant being, she reveals the horrific nature of the ordinary people around her. Even when she's more of a straightforward villain, she seems more like a brat than a seductress, and is too grotesque to be really sexualized. Of course, there's a strain of the misogynistic in the monstrous feminine as it's presented here, but it's not as bad as I initially feared. The anthology format has its advantages and disadvantages. It's neat how the stories seem to be based around a shared mythology that agrees on a lot of things, but are always just a bit incompatible with each other. It seems like a bunch of urban legends centred around the same figure. On the other hand, reading the stories together helps to highlight how repetitive Ito's storytelling and art is. Maybe it's just because I've also read some of his previous work, but at this point I'm no longer shocked or horrified by a bunch of limbs being where they aren't supposed to be, and the recurring nature of Tomie's powers don't help that. The uneven quality of the stories also makes this one hard to read from cover-to-cover. If you're a horror comic fan and you've already read and liked Uzumaki, Tomie might just scratch your itch. It's an interesting work, if not an entirely successful one, and that makes it worth checking out.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Brittni Kristine

    I'm a massive Junji Ito fan, but frankly, I've never understood the appeal of Tomie. The stories about her get incredibly repetitive. Like, I get it. Tomie's hot, and she's gonna use her hotness to murder. Over, and over, and over, and over again. If you're going through his works, I think this one is a pass. I'm a massive Junji Ito fan, but frankly, I've never understood the appeal of Tomie. The stories about her get incredibly repetitive. Like, I get it. Tomie's hot, and she's gonna use her hotness to murder. Over, and over, and over, and over again. If you're going through his works, I think this one is a pass.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Habiba

    i admire junji ito's works..It's been always scary & disturbed. I hate how i like them. but Tomie 1 wasn't that scary but the artworks as always were remarkable. i admire junji ito's works..It's been always scary & disturbed. I hate how i like them. but Tomie 1 wasn't that scary but the artworks as always were remarkable.

  8. 5 out of 5

    DeAnna Knippling

    For what should be a really predictable story--"OMG, WOMEN ARE MONSTERS THEY ARE SO MONSTERS THAT THEY HURT OTHER WOMEN SEE SEE THIS IS WHY IT'S NOT OUR FAULT WE MURDER WOMEN IT'S BECAUSE THEY'RE MONSTERS"--this is pretty good. Lots of variety in Japanese students/body horror tropes. Some of the tropes completely surprised me; others had me cracking up as they riffed on historical horror tropes from Western fiction. I'm sure there were more than a few things that went over my head...I'd love to For what should be a really predictable story--"OMG, WOMEN ARE MONSTERS THEY ARE SO MONSTERS THAT THEY HURT OTHER WOMEN SEE SEE THIS IS WHY IT'S NOT OUR FAULT WE MURDER WOMEN IT'S BECAUSE THEY'RE MONSTERS"--this is pretty good. Lots of variety in Japanese students/body horror tropes. Some of the tropes completely surprised me; others had me cracking up as they riffed on historical horror tropes from Western fiction. I'm sure there were more than a few things that went over my head...I'd love to see this annotated, although it'll probably never happen.

  9. 5 out of 5

    The Magician Read

    My first freaky asian comic by horror master Junji Itou : a lot of weirdness, exactly what i need!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Zain Hashmy

    A collection of short horror stories, linked together by one central character known as Tomie, and the events that follow. The stories were a bit eerie to begin with but then quickly became stagnant. This book does not have the brilliance of Uzumaki and tries to rely on graphic and unsettling artwork to elicit a scare and still falls short of delivering. At one point through the book, I was left wondering why this story should feel scary at all. Good horror can come from a variety of sources, bu A collection of short horror stories, linked together by one central character known as Tomie, and the events that follow. The stories were a bit eerie to begin with but then quickly became stagnant. This book does not have the brilliance of Uzumaki and tries to rely on graphic and unsettling artwork to elicit a scare and still falls short of delivering. At one point through the book, I was left wondering why this story should feel scary at all. Good horror can come from a variety of sources, but the best one is the monster in the closet. The monster in the closet is scariest when it remains in the closet, because our imagination blows it up to unrealistic proportions. If that monster were to step out, we would be able to quantify it, and acknowledge it, and then beat it. That is exactly where this comic falls short. It relies on the same explanation of all the disconnected events that occur through the short stories, which almost always ends up making you feel bored because you already know what's coming. Re-readability: 1/5

  11. 5 out of 5

    ✧・゚: *✧ iro ✧*:・゚✧

    Tomie is truly a great example of bizzarro horror. It's just so weird and creepy! The idea of a girl that mesmerizes every man that ever sets eyes on her to the point that they want to kill (for) her, but no matter how many times she's being murdered she always comes back (and sometimes in multidutes) is just so intriguing. Every Tomie has a different personality, but her goal is always to wreak havoc and ultimately meet her own demise. The body horror in this is just so deliciously disturbing, i Tomie is truly a great example of bizzarro horror. It's just so weird and creepy! The idea of a girl that mesmerizes every man that ever sets eyes on her to the point that they want to kill (for) her, but no matter how many times she's being murdered she always comes back (and sometimes in multidutes) is just so intriguing. Every Tomie has a different personality, but her goal is always to wreak havoc and ultimately meet her own demise. The body horror in this is just so deliciously disturbing, it made my skin crawl. The only downfall of the story is that I wished it had more depth to it. The characters are quite flat, and Tomie's backstory is not really fleshed out. I wished the stories contained a little more mystery and not so much straight-forward horror and gore (even though the depictions of it were really, truly gorgeous as in per usual Junji Ito fashion). All in all, a solid creepy read, just not an instant favorite as I hoped it'd be.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Inn Auni

    I watched the movie at a young age and never really understood what it's all about. It felt like another Twilight Zone. The book was of course the more detail version. The illustration was truthfully speaking, a bit sloppy. In my opinion, it was probably to give the sense of mystery. The plot was more baffling rather than horror. I didn't get Tomie's objective. Was it revenge? Was it pleasure? Was it world domination? Was it just for the heck of it? I watched the movie at a young age and never really understood what it's all about. It felt like another Twilight Zone. The book was of course the more detail version. The illustration was truthfully speaking, a bit sloppy. In my opinion, it was probably to give the sense of mystery. The plot was more baffling rather than horror. I didn't get Tomie's objective. Was it revenge? Was it pleasure? Was it world domination? Was it just for the heck of it?

  13. 5 out of 5

    Precious

    Yo, I had never heard of this author until the book caught my eye in the bookstore. I decided to take a chance. I am glad I did! This was creepy. This was gory. This somewhat triggered my trypophobia a bit though because of the multiple emerging of Tomie. Overall, great! I’m excited for volume 2.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Vendea

    UŽ NIKDY NEČTU HOROR VE DVĚ RÁNO.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Aliaa

    ya Allah! that was terrifying! just what I wanted. I can't wait to read the next and hopefully understand more about where Tomie came from and how did she came about exactly. ya Allah! that was terrifying! just what I wanted. I can't wait to read the next and hopefully understand more about where Tomie came from and how did she came about exactly.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Joanna

    [UPDATE: nah i changed the rating to 3.25] idk what to rate this maybe i’ll stick w 3.5, which isn’t bad bc i really liked it i loved the drawings and i loved the story and tomies character is iconic i just feel like i wasn’t scared AT ALL i enjoyed it but it’s supposed to be horror so... nevertheless loved it and tomie is now my profile pic on instagram😁

  17. 5 out of 5

    Alexa

    Junji Ito is the type of writer that straddles the line between extreme horror and utter ridiculousness at all times. I know that his stuff's freaky, and I also know that its often absurd. So I didn't actually go into this expecting to be scared. But there are parts that are legitimately scary, and are written and drawn with a sense of timing that ratchets up the horror. The guy knows what he's doing. He just gets carried away sometimes. Junji Ito is the type of writer that straddles the line between extreme horror and utter ridiculousness at all times. I know that his stuff's freaky, and I also know that its often absurd. So I didn't actually go into this expecting to be scared. But there are parts that are legitimately scary, and are written and drawn with a sense of timing that ratchets up the horror. The guy knows what he's doing. He just gets carried away sometimes.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Deviki

    wow one hell of a book !!. Some stories were dead creepy but some not very much....but still disturbing nevertheless...... But some of the facial expression was questionable? ah maybe its just me ...but there was the scene in snow storm and the guy finds his brother being eaten by her ...and the guys expression was just mild shocked ...but like i said it was creepy story indeed

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Yu

    It was the first horror comics that actually scared me so bad. I was so much into it that Tomie's imagine was deeply rooted into my head, and I just couldn't let it go. Even now, I still remember some jumpy parts of this book, and it drives me to read it again. It was the first horror comics that actually scared me so bad. I was so much into it that Tomie's imagine was deeply rooted into my head, and I just couldn't let it go. Even now, I still remember some jumpy parts of this book, and it drives me to read it again.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Brian Umholtz

    This is a collection containing multiple short stories that feature Tomie and progress the series. I'll give a brief thought about each of the stories and sum up my feelings on the book as a whole considering its parts. But first, a little background on my point of view. I didn't really know much about horror authors since I skipped the whole Goosebumps series and other books I considered too childish. As a very young boy, I began reading at a much higher level than others my age very, very quic This is a collection containing multiple short stories that feature Tomie and progress the series. I'll give a brief thought about each of the stories and sum up my feelings on the book as a whole considering its parts. But first, a little background on my point of view. I didn't really know much about horror authors since I skipped the whole Goosebumps series and other books I considered too childish. As a very young boy, I began reading at a much higher level than others my age very, very quickly; I'd have rather read the Illiad as a 7 year old than books for kids my age simply because it was much more difficult to understand. Any chills and thrills I got I received from certain Choose Your Own Adventure books. As a pre-teen, I discovered John Bellairs quite by accident at the library and quickly began reading as much as I could of his work until the local branch had nothing left to offer. I graduated quickly into some Stephen King after I read some Edgar Allen Poe because I felt Poe wasn't as frightening as I felt I could handle. There wasn't too much more horror I was interested in. I knew what I liked, and realized I enjoyed the sense of anticipation and dread from authors like Poe and Bellairs more than the outright gore inherent in authors like Stephen King. I don't mind a good jump scare or a nice, long horror novel-and I'll read it-but I do prefer a smolderingly wretched short story. I discovered Junji Ito in my twenties after finding an image series of The Enigma of Amigara Fault on Imgur. It was perfect. Amazingly shocking after a ride of existential dread. Absolutely brilliant. Are stories like Tomie at that level? Not really, in my opinion, but I couldn't say they aren't too far off. Tomie (pronounced TOE-me-ay) is a haunting story about a girl that seems impervious. Without giving too much away, I'll just say that knowing how parasites dictate certain animal behavior through evolution is enough to keep me up at night. Having read through the entire series, I feel Tomie is a good story that could translate into a decent period horror film series, but it would need some work to make it more evenly paced and scarier. After a while, you'll find there isn't enough variation in the series for it to stay unpredictable enough to be scary. It's good enough to headline this collection, though. Photograph is a bit more frightening to me since it reminds me a bit of the plot of one of the Ghostbusters movies. That alone may not seem scary, but there's something about the unseen that can really creep me out. Kiss builds very directly after the events of the previous chapter and it is much more character driven than other chapters. It's really not that horrific as it's more about recovery and the suspense of dealing with trauma rather than the trauma itself. But then the last ten pages throw out everything I just said and you'll wish you read it with the lights on. Mansion builds on what we've learned in the previous stories and lays out more character building but this time for Tomie herself. We're introduced to characters that question the morality of the situation and if it could've been avoided. If John Bellairs is brilliant at the "jump scare in the paragraph", Junji Ito really is the master of the "jump scare page-turn". This has the makings of a great horror film here. Revenge has a much different tone, and in my opinion, is the best of the lot here. Boy, oh boy is this one creepy! I don't want to spoil it so I'll leave it alone. The Basin of the Waterfall wraps up this volume nicely and has more lore generation. There are some grotesque frames here but nothing quite like what had come earlier. After completing this, I think you may be interested in reading other works by Junji Ito, but it is important to note that not much of what he does is as episodic as this; and that being said, this was more a series of themed vignettes. His other volumes are more like disparate tales than this-which might be what you are looking for. All together, I really like this collection. It's not really my favorite because I do not care much for Tomie herself. I would recommend it after you read a couple other selected short stories by Junji in order to grab you, but this is by no means a poor work. I just think his shorter stories have more of that classic, cult anthology horror feeling that many people love to read and watch.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    I have been binge-reading this series by Junji Ito for the past few days. When I set the goal of 50 for 2017 Reading Challenge, I hope to read 50 non-manga books. But still, I want to record the manga I have read here on Goodreads to reflect on them in the future. I am very impressed with Mr Junji Ito's works! Very unique, very creepy, very Japanese, very f***ed up, fantastic plot twists, very gory. Some of the drawings made me want to vomit EWWW, and some of the stories gave me nightmares but I I have been binge-reading this series by Junji Ito for the past few days. When I set the goal of 50 for 2017 Reading Challenge, I hope to read 50 non-manga books. But still, I want to record the manga I have read here on Goodreads to reflect on them in the future. I am very impressed with Mr Junji Ito's works! Very unique, very creepy, very Japanese, very f***ed up, fantastic plot twists, very gory. Some of the drawings made me want to vomit EWWW, and some of the stories gave me nightmares but I can't stop reading them (at New Year, yeah) because they are THAT good. This theme of Tomie (name of the main character) for the first few stories of the series was interesting. There were bad characters that were soo evil for... bad reasons or for... no reasons at all. The settings and the characters were not new. But somehow, Mr Ito made everything so interesting.

  22. 4 out of 5

    JL Shioshita

    Junji Ito's twist on the vengeful spirit story, but instead of your classic spectral figure, we have a flesh and blood woman who haunts and curses the innocent in new and twisted ways. What Tomie is, well it's never fully explained. I like to interpret her true origin as that first story, which holds all the key elements that will come to define her - turning men against each other, using jealously and passion to control, her own seductive and manipulative ways leading to her demise, the vicious Junji Ito's twist on the vengeful spirit story, but instead of your classic spectral figure, we have a flesh and blood woman who haunts and curses the innocent in new and twisted ways. What Tomie is, well it's never fully explained. I like to interpret her true origin as that first story, which holds all the key elements that will come to define her - turning men against each other, using jealously and passion to control, her own seductive and manipulative ways leading to her demise, the vicious destruction of her physical body which is dismembered and disseminated, spreading her curse further and further. If that sounds fun to you, then you should definitely give this a read. It's a classic in the horror manga genre.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Travis

    After Tomie is murdered, she shows up at school as if nothing had happened. It turns out that any part of her body, no matter how small, can eventually grow to a new Tomie, and all these Tomies are kind of evil and cause all sorts of trouble all over Japan. This was a real disappointment after Uzumaki. The original premise isn't that great, certainly not great enough for a whole bunch of stories about new Tomies growing from bits of her body and causing trouble. There is even a second volume! (Wh After Tomie is murdered, she shows up at school as if nothing had happened. It turns out that any part of her body, no matter how small, can eventually grow to a new Tomie, and all these Tomies are kind of evil and cause all sorts of trouble all over Japan. This was a real disappointment after Uzumaki. The original premise isn't that great, certainly not great enough for a whole bunch of stories about new Tomies growing from bits of her body and causing trouble. There is even a second volume! (Which I will not be reading, because I was bored enough with this.)

  24. 4 out of 5

    P.H. Wilson

    Real rating: 1/10 Manga/GN rating: 3/10 The first tale has a nice premise and would have been lovely if expanded on and the psychological nature fully explored. After that, the stories are senseless with no fear, no depth. The lore makes no sense as if Ito comes up with an idea and then shoehorns Tomie into the premise so that he could use the brand to sell the work. It is shock value work, but in the modern era that shock is gone and the story is now left much like Tomie herself, lifeless and repe Real rating: 1/10 Manga/GN rating: 3/10 The first tale has a nice premise and would have been lovely if expanded on and the psychological nature fully explored. After that, the stories are senseless with no fear, no depth. The lore makes no sense as if Ito comes up with an idea and then shoehorns Tomie into the premise so that he could use the brand to sell the work. It is shock value work, but in the modern era that shock is gone and the story is now left much like Tomie herself, lifeless and repetitive.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Deepshikha

    Chapter 1: So, I'm just creeped out by the fact that the students actually cut her body into pieces (42 to be exact). Why did they Choose to do such thing like Bro That's fucked up. Chapters 2,3 and 4: Oh come on, I'm sick of the secrets. What happened to Yamazaki!? Chapter 5: So everyone is attracted to her and then they wanted to kill her. You know it's strange because I could never imagine someone cutting up their "love" into pieces out of love. Also, she's so fucking manipulative. Chapter 6: To Chapter 1: So, I'm just creeped out by the fact that the students actually cut her body into pieces (42 to be exact). Why did they Choose to do such thing like Bro That's fucked up. Chapters 2,3 and 4: Oh come on, I'm sick of the secrets. What happened to Yamazaki!? Chapter 5: So everyone is attracted to her and then they wanted to kill her. You know it's strange because I could never imagine someone cutting up their "love" into pieces out of love. Also, she's so fucking manipulative. Chapter 6: Tomie Scares me. Really.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Greg Kerestan

    The first half of "Tomie," collected here, is pretty early Junji Ito, but highly effective. Ito's blend of "unconnected, connected stories" is starting to develop here, with a mostly-serialized story of the impossible resurrections of Tomie; it begins linear, but branches into increasingly unconnected areas. While certainly not as impressive as "Uzumaki" or "Gyo," Ito cutting his bones is still quality horror. The first half of "Tomie," collected here, is pretty early Junji Ito, but highly effective. Ito's blend of "unconnected, connected stories" is starting to develop here, with a mostly-serialized story of the impossible resurrections of Tomie; it begins linear, but branches into increasingly unconnected areas. While certainly not as impressive as "Uzumaki" or "Gyo," Ito cutting his bones is still quality horror.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sanna

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Tomie isn't one of my favorites from Junji Ito. It's not bad. It simply doesn't appeal to me. As a character I find Tomie more annoying than frightening, and honestly, after two Tomie books it all starts to feel incredibly repetitive. It's always the same thing: Some version of Tomie appears, charms someone in the story and then screws them over big time. And every now and then someone hacks her to pieces creating more Tomies. Tomie isn't one of my favorites from Junji Ito. It's not bad. It simply doesn't appeal to me. As a character I find Tomie more annoying than frightening, and honestly, after two Tomie books it all starts to feel incredibly repetitive. It's always the same thing: Some version of Tomie appears, charms someone in the story and then screws them over big time. And every now and then someone hacks her to pieces creating more Tomies.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Moa Lupuianu

    The artwork was amazing, truly and utterly. The thought behind the story was extraordinary, but somewhat I can't give it more than two stars. I found myself loosing time in the artwork, but not paying too much attention to what was written.. its a shame. Anyhow, I will get to Tomie part 2 in the future.. but not just now. I will also need to buy the collection for myself to re-read in physical form, since it might catch more of my attention 📚 MOA YOU NEED TO RE-READ THIS. The artwork was amazing, truly and utterly. The thought behind the story was extraordinary, but somewhat I can't give it more than two stars. I found myself loosing time in the artwork, but not paying too much attention to what was written.. its a shame. Anyhow, I will get to Tomie part 2 in the future.. but not just now. I will also need to buy the collection for myself to re-read in physical form, since it might catch more of my attention 📚 MOA YOU NEED TO RE-READ THIS.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Atika

    I am in this bad reading slump so thought of picking this one for a quick read and a change. This is my first time in the Junji Ito world. I have heard so much about him, I hope it's not the best he has to offer. It was supposed to be horror but i didn't find any horror element in it. It was just really really bizarre. But the story isn’t complete yet so I'm just gonna see what happens next. I am in this bad reading slump so thought of picking this one for a quick read and a change. This is my first time in the Junji Ito world. I have heard so much about him, I hope it's not the best he has to offer. It was supposed to be horror but i didn't find any horror element in it. It was just really really bizarre. But the story isn’t complete yet so I'm just gonna see what happens next.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Aria

    I've read a little more than 1 volume and the story is just really repetitive. I get that she's pretty and she's a curse, but if the plot for each chapter is going to be the same then...what's the point? If you're looking to give this series a try, perhaps aim to read this for the sake of the creeps than for the plot. I've read a little more than 1 volume and the story is just really repetitive. I get that she's pretty and she's a curse, but if the plot for each chapter is going to be the same then...what's the point? If you're looking to give this series a try, perhaps aim to read this for the sake of the creeps than for the plot.

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