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What destiny awaits them after the screaming? After abruptly departing from a train in a small town, a couple encounters a “weeping woman”—a professional mourner—sobbing inconsolably at a funeral. Mako changes afterward—she can’t stop crying! In another tale, having decided to die together, a couple enters Aokigahara, the infamous suicide forest. What is the shocking otherw What destiny awaits them after the screaming? After abruptly departing from a train in a small town, a couple encounters a “weeping woman”—a professional mourner—sobbing inconsolably at a funeral. Mako changes afterward—she can’t stop crying! In another tale, having decided to die together, a couple enters Aokigahara, the infamous suicide forest. What is the shocking otherworldly torrent that they discover there? One of horror’s greatest talents, Junji Ito beckons readers to join him in an experience of ultimate terror with four transcendently terrifying tales.


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What destiny awaits them after the screaming? After abruptly departing from a train in a small town, a couple encounters a “weeping woman”—a professional mourner—sobbing inconsolably at a funeral. Mako changes afterward—she can’t stop crying! In another tale, having decided to die together, a couple enters Aokigahara, the infamous suicide forest. What is the shocking otherw What destiny awaits them after the screaming? After abruptly departing from a train in a small town, a couple encounters a “weeping woman”—a professional mourner—sobbing inconsolably at a funeral. Mako changes afterward—she can’t stop crying! In another tale, having decided to die together, a couple enters Aokigahara, the infamous suicide forest. What is the shocking otherworldly torrent that they discover there? One of horror’s greatest talents, Junji Ito beckons readers to join him in an experience of ultimate terror with four transcendently terrifying tales.

30 review for The Liminal Zone

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    (Duh duh duh duh, duh duh duh duh) You're travelling through another Junji Ito horror manga, a manga not only of panels and word balloons but of lunacy. A demented journey into an hysterical land whose boundaries are that of imagination and page counts. That's the creepy signpost up ahead - your next stop, the Liminal Zone! Junji Ito’s back with a new collection of longish short horror manga, The Liminal Zone, and, while never boring, all four stories are kinda… stupid. I mention some details of (Duh duh duh duh, duh duh duh duh) You're travelling through another Junji Ito horror manga, a manga not only of panels and word balloons but of lunacy. A demented journey into an hysterical land whose boundaries are that of imagination and page counts. That's the creepy signpost up ahead - your next stop, the Liminal Zone! Junji Ito’s back with a new collection of longish short horror manga, The Liminal Zone, and, while never boring, all four stories are kinda… stupid. I mention some details of the stories below so I’ll say SPOILERS at the top - this is one for fans of Ito only, who’ll perhaps be more forgiving of his bonkers plotting and might even have developed a taste for it over the years. Weeping Woman Way is about a town of women who can’t stop crying and take the main character’s girlfriend as their weeping leader… for reasons? Madonna is about a corrupt Catholic school where the (of course, because it’s Catholic) pervy principal keeps taking wives to be his Mary Madonna. Again, y’know, for reasons. The Spirit Flow of Aokigahara is about a suicidal couple who bathe in a river of souls (as you do) in the famous “Suicide Forest” at the base of Mount Fuji - which changes them in weird ways. And finally Slumber is about a guy who thinks he might be a SECRET SERIAL KILLER. I know, I’m laughing too. And, no, there is no story here called “The Liminal Zone” or any mention of what that is. Brilliant. The stories are all unpredictable but only because Ito doesn’t let things like explanations get in the way of telling his stories. So the people at the Catholic school are turning into salt because something like that happened in the Bible, and one of the women has superpowers, because why not? Who cares what the “spirit flow” is, it’s just there and doing stuff! How does the serial killer manage to transplant his memories to the innocent guy? Ahhh, come on, it’s just fun! Etc., etc. Ito is surprisingly honest about how weakly his stories are constructed too. From his afterword: “Perhaps I’m tired after drawing manga for years on end. I’m out of good ideas. The stories in this book were created drawing on ideas that I’d left unused in an old notebook of possible topics.” He then goes on to describe “Madonna” as a “silly idea” and “The Spirit Flow of Aokigahara” as “too absurdly science fiction” and “deeply bizarre.” I concur. Still, the stories are undeniably original and I was interested enough to see where they were headed - none of it made sense but it was imaginative and intermittently entertaining nonsense at least. And Ito’s art is the best it’s ever been - he’s a much better artist than he is a writer, and the serial killer’s face in Slumber is genuinely unsettling. The Liminal Zone isn’t among Junji Ito’s better collections but I doubt that’ll stop his many fans from picking it up anyway. If you’re interested in this creator’s horror manga, I recommend checking out his better books like Shiver, Frankenstein, Gyo, and Uzumaki instead.

  2. 5 out of 5

    destiny ♡ howling libraries

    This was absolutely incredible and probably my favorite Junji Ito book thus far. The Liminal Zone is a collection of a few different stories, as many of Junji's works are, and these stories share in the bizarre, messed up, outlandish nature that his stories typically do, but something about these really shone for me. 'Weeping Woman Way' features a couple who come across a town that seems to still utilize the old, mostly forgotten tradition of "weeping women" (professional mourners) at funerals, b This was absolutely incredible and probably my favorite Junji Ito book thus far. The Liminal Zone is a collection of a few different stories, as many of Junji's works are, and these stories share in the bizarre, messed up, outlandish nature that his stories typically do, but something about these really shone for me. 'Weeping Woman Way' features a couple who come across a town that seems to still utilize the old, mostly forgotten tradition of "weeping women" (professional mourners) at funerals, but after coming in contact with one of the weeping women, Mako finds herself inconsolably sad. The depictions of the weeping women were so chilling and fascinating, and I really loved the idea of this corpse that continues to weep long past her death. 'Madonna' is a religious horror story featuring some incredibly messed up zealots who believe they are on a personal mission to find the reincarnation of the virgin Mary, and I loved the way the ending played out and the twists in this one. Junji Ito has toyed with religious themes in some of his previous works, but this was definitely my favorite example of that theme in his writing so far. 'The Spirit Flow of Aokigahara' follows a couple's trip to Aokigahara's infamous "Suicide Forest" after one member of the couple has been diagnosed with a terminal illness. Once arriving in the forest, the two find an unexplainable source of spiritual activity that draws Norio in and begins to create bizarre changes in him. This felt like the most classically familiar style of story from the collection, as it deals with some really bizarre elements and artwork later in the story that were highly unnerving! 'Slumber' is about a young man who has memories of murder every morning when he wakes, but otherwise has no recollection of planning the murders, nor does he have a motive. This was my least favorite in the collection, but I still thoroughly enjoyed it — I only wish there had been a little more explanation regarding the twist, but I've long since learned that sometimes, with Junji's work, you just have to go with the flow! I highly recommend The Liminal Zone to any horror manga lovers, whether you're brand new to Junji Ito books or have read all of his previous works. Again, I'd say this was my favorite of his books yet, and it made me extremely excited to see what he writes next! ✨ Content warnings for: (view spoiler)[violence, death, murder, implied pedophilia, mention of terminal illness, brief mentions of suicide/suicidal thoughts (hide spoiler)] Thank you to the publisher for the review copy! All thoughts are honest and my own. ——— twitter | booktok | bookstagram | blog

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Lawson

    As always, Junji Ito does manga body horror that is enthralling, unsettling and utterly bonkers. I'm not sure I would recommend it as a first read if you're new to him but if you know what you're getting into it will scratch that fucked-up itch in your head that wants to know that there are people out there that are stranger than you are. Also, you're supposed to say, "Wait. What?" at least 5 times in every one of his books, right? Because if not, I'm reading them wrong. As always, Junji Ito does manga body horror that is enthralling, unsettling and utterly bonkers. I'm not sure I would recommend it as a first read if you're new to him but if you know what you're getting into it will scratch that fucked-up itch in your head that wants to know that there are people out there that are stranger than you are. Also, you're supposed to say, "Wait. What?" at least 5 times in every one of his books, right? Because if not, I'm reading them wrong.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Stay Fetters

    "People know true sadness when they die. You understand that sadness. The tears that pour from your eyes are those of the dead." The master of horror manga is back with a four short story blood-curdling release. We expect wide-eyed terror when we read his books but this is something more than that. This hits deep down to your core as you reread some parts because of how f**ked up it all was. This was a phenomenal release and now one of my favorites. The more I think about this, the more I love it "People know true sadness when they die. You understand that sadness. The tears that pour from your eyes are those of the dead." The master of horror manga is back with a four short story blood-curdling release. We expect wide-eyed terror when we read his books but this is something more than that. This hits deep down to your core as you reread some parts because of how f**ked up it all was. This was a phenomenal release and now one of my favorites. The more I think about this, the more I love it. It was weird and dark in the best blood drenching ways. A must read for all horror manga fans. We all know that Ito never disappoints.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Blair

    The Liminal Zone is a collection of new stories, written during the Covid-19 pandemic and originally serialised on a manga app in 2020. It should be the polar opposite of the last Junji Ito book I read, Deserter, which collected stories from earlier in his career – but in fact they feel like two sides of the same coin, in the sense that neither represent the artist/author’s strongest work. The Liminal Zone also feels comparatively slight, with just four stories. ‘Weeping Woman Way’ follows a cou The Liminal Zone is a collection of new stories, written during the Covid-19 pandemic and originally serialised on a manga app in 2020. It should be the polar opposite of the last Junji Ito book I read, Deserter, which collected stories from earlier in his career – but in fact they feel like two sides of the same coin, in the sense that neither represent the artist/author’s strongest work. The Liminal Zone also feels comparatively slight, with just four stories. ‘Weeping Woman Way’ follows a couple whose lives are transformed after they visit a village which continues the tradition of employing professional mourners at funerals. ‘Madonna’ is set at a religious boarding school for girls, where the principal’s wife takes a disturbing interest in a new student. In ‘Slumber’, aspiring lawyer Takuya becomes convinced he’s murdering people in his sleep. My favourite of the four was ‘The Spirit Flow of Aokigahara’, which features a terminally ill young man and his girlfriend visiting Aokigahara – the famous ‘suicide forest’ – with the intention of dying together. But instead they find a mysterious ‘spirit flow’. The changes wrought by this power are genuinely creepy, epitomising the body horror and general sense of squeamishness Junji Ito’s work is famous for. It’s difficult to fault the art – there are some striking illustrations in here, most notably in ‘Slumber’, where the simplicity of the plot fits well with stark black-and-white imagery. But I wasn’t thrilled or disturbed by anything except the effects of the spirits in ‘The Spirit Flow of Aokigahara’, and that detail was the only thing I remembered clearly after finishing the book. I revisited the 2019 collection Smashed just after reading this, and it really reminded me just how superior the earlier VIZ Media collections were to the more recent output. I received an advance review copy of The Liminal Zone from the publisher through Edelweiss. TinyLetter | Linktree

  6. 5 out of 5

    daph pink ♡

    In comparison to his last tale collection, this series was a really excellent effort. The tales were absurd, as one would anticipate from Junji Ito. I now have read most of his works including this one. Weeping woman way :- 3.5 stars -The title uses alliteration beautifully. In India, particularly in rural regions, the idea of the crying woman is still widely accepted. They go by the name Rudaali and dress in full black, much like in this tale. I had no idea that Japan also used this idea. As f In comparison to his last tale collection, this series was a really excellent effort. The tales were absurd, as one would anticipate from Junji Ito. I now have read most of his works including this one. Weeping woman way :- 3.5 stars -The title uses alliteration beautifully. In India, particularly in rural regions, the idea of the crying woman is still widely accepted. They go by the name Rudaali and dress in full black, much like in this tale. I had no idea that Japan also used this idea. As for the narrative, it was as good as can be expected from Mr. Ito. They claimed that his earlier short stories lacked the junji Ito touch, but I believe this collection will change their minds. Madonna :- 3 stars -Retribution is best served salted. What was this story? lots of religious material I'll be honest—I don't understand stories about cults and religion. It is absurd, but it does happen frequently to brainwash a large number of people into believing something. The spirit flow of aokigahara :- 3 stars -The streamlined body is actually quite humorous. Nevertheless, the narrative was quite pedestrian, and the conclusion left us a little unsatisfied, but I believe this is typical of Junji Ito's work. Slumber :- 4 stars -Oh my goodness, it was actually pretty interesting. The idea of memories passing from a murderer to another person's mind is similar to maintaining a legacy. Sick.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    Junji Ito laments in his afterword that he is out of good ideas and these short stories are the dregs of unused topics jotted in a notebook when he was younger. Ironically, I like this book better than the last few of his I've read. As always, Ito's stories are carried by the twisted art, but here the scripts actually try to carry their weight too. I do think there is a bingo square or drinking game to be made of how often Ito's hapless female protagonists are picked up and carried, but after tic Junji Ito laments in his afterword that he is out of good ideas and these short stories are the dregs of unused topics jotted in a notebook when he was younger. Ironically, I like this book better than the last few of his I've read. As always, Ito's stories are carried by the twisted art, but here the scripts actually try to carry their weight too. I do think there is a bingo square or drinking game to be made of how often Ito's hapless female protagonists are picked up and carried, but after ticking off that quirk a time or two, he does manage to insert one woman in the final story who isn't entirely passive, which was a welcome surprise. FOR REFERENCE: Contents: Weeping Woman Way -- Madonna -- The Spirit Flow of Aokigahara -- Slumber -- Afterword

  8. 5 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    3.5. Fucking weird as hell. Virgin Mary, people turning into salt, crazy murderers, and an insane story about weeping people. Some work, some don't, art work is always great. 3.5. Fucking weird as hell. Virgin Mary, people turning into salt, crazy murderers, and an insane story about weeping people. Some work, some don't, art work is always great.

  9. 4 out of 5

    hannaღ

    No words needed, he's just the best. No words needed, he's just the best.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Morgan Thomas

    Rounding this up with the knowledge that while I did like the book, the first two stories I thought were much more entertaining than the last two.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Noura Khalid (theperksofbeingnoura)

    Thank you to the publishers for the gifted review copy! This was my first by Junji Ito and definitely not my last! This was so creepy and spine tingling.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lezlie The Nerdy Narrative

    After reading THE LIMINAL ZONE, I now have a new favorite Junji Ito collection. I was beginning to think he'd never top his FRANKENSTEIN collection, but he finally did it! There are four short stories contained within this beautiful hardback edition and with the same gorgeous art style one is accustomed to seeing from Ito. Though I will say, he continues to draw his female characters the exact same way. I have to wonder if this is on purpose? His male characters are distinct from one anot After reading THE LIMINAL ZONE, I now have a new favorite Junji Ito collection. I was beginning to think he'd never top his FRANKENSTEIN collection, but he finally did it! There are four short stories contained within this beautiful hardback edition and with the same gorgeous art style one is accustomed to seeing from Ito. Though I will say, he continues to draw his female characters the exact same way. I have to wonder if this is on purpose? His male characters are distinct from one another, so I know he has it in his wheelhouse. Hmmm. Each of the four stories has a unique setting and plot - but all four have the theme in common: what happens to a soul after death. The last story, "Slumber" is my favorite - probably because it features a serial killer. Coming in at a very close second would be "The Spirit Flow of Aokigahara" because I have been fascinated with the lore and research that has gone into the Suicide Forest at the base of Mount Fuji. "Weeping Woman Way" was a creepy exploration of an old custom and "Madonna" showed a more evil side of religion. All of these were just top notch writing from Ito. The artwork was amazing, especially in "Slumber" - he had such a realistic way of showing the serial killer that it always made me pause each time I saw one of these panels. I've already got Ito's two upcoming October 2022 releases on preorder. I've read several of Ito's stories/collections and this one seals my trust in the author so that he is now an auto-buy for me. That and the beauty of his artwork is such that any collector will want to have it on their shelves.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Although he doesn't mention it in his afterword, the theme of this Junji Ito collection really feels like "folklore." The first story, "Weeping Woman Way," draws on the idea of professional mourners and myths of the Banshee (and other creepy weepers from folklore around the world) to create a story that feels at once unique and very familiar. Ito says that the idea of tear tracks was behind this, and I know I won't be referring to the dark lines beside my cats' noses as those ever again. "Weeping Although he doesn't mention it in his afterword, the theme of this Junji Ito collection really feels like "folklore." The first story, "Weeping Woman Way," draws on the idea of professional mourners and myths of the Banshee (and other creepy weepers from folklore around the world) to create a story that feels at once unique and very familiar. Ito says that the idea of tear tracks was behind this, and I know I won't be referring to the dark lines beside my cats' noses as those ever again. "Weeping Woman Way" is the strongest of the four tales included, though all are interesting in their own rights. "The Spirit Flow of Aokigahara" is a very different take on the so-called Suicide Forest, turning it into a strange purgatory of people addicted to the strange powers that come from a mysterious cave within. "Slumber" is probably the weakest, although it's plot of a deranged therapist who links with others to share his crimes is an interesting one. "Madonna" takes the mythology of both Lot's wife and the Virgin Mary as its base, and while I enjoyed the way Ito plays with both, I'm also not Christian, and I suspect that devout followers of that religion may find the story uncomfortable. All in all another solid piece of horror despite Ito's concerns. I can't wait to see what he does with the pandemic once he feels he can write about it.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    3.5 stars I will always be excited for a new Junji Ito release. While I may not love every one of his stories, the art and concepts are always brilliant. I generally enjoyed all 4 stories here. My favorite was probably "Weeping Women Way", because I found the concept of carrying someone else's pain to help them find peace in death kind of beautiful, though tragic. While none of these stories are necessarily new favorites, all of them were good. 3.5 stars I will always be excited for a new Junji Ito release. While I may not love every one of his stories, the art and concepts are always brilliant. I generally enjoyed all 4 stories here. My favorite was probably "Weeping Women Way", because I found the concept of carrying someone else's pain to help them find peace in death kind of beautiful, though tragic. While none of these stories are necessarily new favorites, all of them were good.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Eduardo Gonzalez

    and LOVE junji ❤️

  16. 5 out of 5

    jasmin

    weeping woman way: 4/5 madonna: 5/5 the spirit flow of aokigahara 4.5/5 slumber: 3.5/5

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    This is possibly the most beautiful looking Ito book I own. Just look at that cover! It's gorgeous. As for the stories inside? There are less than are usually in one of his collections, just four stories, but they are all exceptional. Madonna, in particular, is a new favorite. In this story, Ito examines religious obsession. A new girl at a strict boarding school captures the headmaster's attention to the anger of his zealot wife who is convinced that she herself is the actual Virgin Mary. It's o This is possibly the most beautiful looking Ito book I own. Just look at that cover! It's gorgeous. As for the stories inside? There are less than are usually in one of his collections, just four stories, but they are all exceptional. Madonna, in particular, is a new favorite. In this story, Ito examines religious obsession. A new girl at a strict boarding school captures the headmaster's attention to the anger of his zealot wife who is convinced that she herself is the actual Virgin Mary. It's one of the most detailed Ito stories I've ever read and contains some truly disturbing images. The other three stories concern a colony of weeping women, a terminally ill man discovering a ghostly phenomenon in the woods, and a man who believes he is killing in his sleep. They are all also prime examples of Ito's wonderful weirdness, even if Madonna stands out the most. The Liminal Zone is a truly beautiful edition of the work of a master of horror manga and a must for any fans of the genre.

  18. 4 out of 5

    C.M. Sturdy

    The past few Junji Ito collections had kind of been a case of diminishing returns; most of his really big, famous stories were published in the first couple of collections and what was left for the more recent ones wasn't as good. While this still isn't as good as his earlier material, it is at least much better than the previous couple.. He's still the master of the turn-page-reveal. The past few Junji Ito collections had kind of been a case of diminishing returns; most of his really big, famous stories were published in the first couple of collections and what was left for the more recent ones wasn't as good. While this still isn't as good as his earlier material, it is at least much better than the previous couple.. He's still the master of the turn-page-reveal.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC of The Liminal Zone. Junji Ito fans, buckle up because another wild horror anthology is coming your way. I was extremely intrigued and delighted (as always) by Ito's completely off-the-wall stories and the body horror we get along the way. His signature disconcerting art style is on full display in these stories. I got a little lost during some of the entries (why were the events happening? How?) But the twists along the way kept the suspense and the interest ro Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC of The Liminal Zone. Junji Ito fans, buckle up because another wild horror anthology is coming your way. I was extremely intrigued and delighted (as always) by Ito's completely off-the-wall stories and the body horror we get along the way. His signature disconcerting art style is on full display in these stories. I got a little lost during some of the entries (why were the events happening? How?) But the twists along the way kept the suspense and the interest rolling. If you've liked Ito's horror anthologies and one-offs in the past, you'll definitely enjoy this new installment.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Noctvrnal

    I’ve been a fan of Junji’s work for years so naturally I got very excited when this tome was released. It’s not the longest collection of his stories nor it is the scariest one but it does have the ever eye-popping quality of Ito. Out of 4 stories two were very strong, one, I feel, wasn’t fleshed out fully and one was weaker/could’ve used more detail. At the end author’s note shows how self critical Junji can be, however I don’t fully agree with his criticism of his own stories, at least for the I’ve been a fan of Junji’s work for years so naturally I got very excited when this tome was released. It’s not the longest collection of his stories nor it is the scariest one but it does have the ever eye-popping quality of Ito. Out of 4 stories two were very strong, one, I feel, wasn’t fleshed out fully and one was weaker/could’ve used more detail. At the end author’s note shows how self critical Junji can be, however I don’t fully agree with his criticism of his own stories, at least for the most part. All in all, I enjoyed this a lot despite few flaws. I hope he keeps creating.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Justine

    Check out more book reviews and content here! It's no secret that I'm a huge Junji Ito fan, and am always going to pick up his latest title. The Liminal Zone is his most recent collection of horror stories, and it's a great one. I love his ingenuity and imagination, and I think this is one of my favourite collections of his work. It's a little shorter than I expected, but still packs a punch. Check out more book reviews and content here! It's no secret that I'm a huge Junji Ito fan, and am always going to pick up his latest title. The Liminal Zone is his most recent collection of horror stories, and it's a great one. I love his ingenuity and imagination, and I think this is one of my favourite collections of his work. It's a little shorter than I expected, but still packs a punch.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ken Yuen

    Probably not Ito's best work. It made me kind of sad to read the afterword about how he feels like he's running out of ideas. He says he drew this during Covid so maybe that affected the quality of his work? I still appreciate the guy for his weird and wild mind Probably not Ito's best work. It made me kind of sad to read the afterword about how he feels like he's running out of ideas. He says he drew this during Covid so maybe that affected the quality of his work? I still appreciate the guy for his weird and wild mind

  23. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Kim

    from devils to paradise....just like Wall-E and Eve.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Beatriz

    Thank you NetGalley for this arc. Honestly I don’t know if I prefer it when Junji Ito’s stories correlate or if they’re random. Maybe I like them both equally? Liminal Zone is comprised of random stories each creeper than the next and as always super enjoyable. I think my favorite story is Madonna. A creepy self proclaiming reborn Virgin Mary starts chasing you, no thanks I’ll see myself out!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Adam Stone

    I never know where a Junji Ito story is going. They're all bonkers. They have a logic to them, but that logic never seems to include explaining how or why things happen, you just have to go along with the journey. And while they're all filled with horror, I find most of them more funny than frightening. If you enjoy psychological horror at its most basic, and you're not put off by horror that's more silly than scary, Junji Ito is THE writer I recommend. I've tried some other manga horror writers, I never know where a Junji Ito story is going. They're all bonkers. They have a logic to them, but that logic never seems to include explaining how or why things happen, you just have to go along with the journey. And while they're all filled with horror, I find most of them more funny than frightening. If you enjoy psychological horror at its most basic, and you're not put off by horror that's more silly than scary, Junji Ito is THE writer I recommend. I've tried some other manga horror writers, and will continue to do so, but so far none of them have even approached the quality of Ito's work.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Etienne

    4,5/5. Yet again I find myself totally engage in the weird mind of Junji Ito. This book is a collection of short stories, manga of course, with all themes and aspects this author always goes for. I like most of the story, the second one left me on my appetite, but the others are all good. Definitely worth reading if you love horror and manga.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Dave

    Another excellent collection without any throw always. I loved the artwork throughout specifically “Weeping Woman” and “Madonna” and the storylines were great throughout with my favorite being slumber. I am definitely going to recommend this collection upon release! Thank you to the publisher for providing me with this drc available through netgalley.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Gabby Louise

    Disclaimer: I work for a bookstore, all thoughts and opinions are my own and not affiliated with the store or company. Thank you to NetGalley and Viz Media for providing me with a digital version of this manga. With this story please check content warnings before going into it as it had some graphic depictions, mentions of suicide, religious themes, comments linked to pedophilia, murder, and more. This was my first time reading Junji Ito and it lived up to my expectations. Although I was not scared Disclaimer: I work for a bookstore, all thoughts and opinions are my own and not affiliated with the store or company. Thank you to NetGalley and Viz Media for providing me with a digital version of this manga. With this story please check content warnings before going into it as it had some graphic depictions, mentions of suicide, religious themes, comments linked to pedophilia, murder, and more. This was my first time reading Junji Ito and it lived up to my expectations. Although I was not scared throughout, it definitely had disturbing imagery that left me on the edge of my seat. My favourite of the collection is Slumber as the story itself creeped me out and wondered about if this could happen in real life, and the ending was truly a classic but great twist. Followed by the story, Madonna. This one was set in a religious school with many religious elements. Some elements were particularly disturbing as many of the themes are reflected in our current religions, relating to priests and some of the corrupt acts that can occur behind closed doors. The other two short stories, Weeping Woman Way, and The Spirit flow of Aokigahara were also interesting and compelled me to keep reading. While there isn’t much explanation or reasons for why these stories happen, I didn’t mind. It added another layer of mystery and added to the element of it being creepy. My one complaint overall is within Slumber and the mention of dissociative identity disorder. Although the author confirms the main character doesn't have this disorder I still wish it was left completely out as it still connects the idea of mental illness and violence/danger. I will be continuing to read Junji Ito’s works as I enjoyed this one immensely and would recommend this to those that enjoy or think they will enjoy more disturbing elements but as always check warnings. If needed I can attempt to compile a list.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Coconut Summer

    Wow, just wow. After Remina I was afraid that Ito might not be able to come up with something better (Remina was everything I love in a horror manga). But the last story in The Liminal Zone? It’s a masterpiece. Horror, crime and mental illness are mixed together to create a creepy story that I craved for a long time. I wish someone would create a movie based on that, it will be interesting to see it on the screen. Like always, great work, and can’t wait now for another new art from Ito.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Chuck Knudsen

    They were entertaining and fairly spooky, I just don't feel like he's ever really captured the horror of his early works. They were entertaining and fairly spooky, I just don't feel like he's ever really captured the horror of his early works.

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