History Headscratchers / JunjiIto

25th Dec '17 5:21:29 AM Silvermoon424
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** What's that giant earthworm doing in [[spoiler:that Tomie hybrid made with the old man's daughter]] in "Mansion"?
*** Possibly a mutation with an earthworm. It's established that Tomie can regenerate from just her blood alone, and we were also shown that her DNA isn't above invading living creatures (as evident by the "Hair" chapter, where a young lady decides to add some of Tomie's hair to her own, and the strands eventually transformed her into another Tomie). So, it's entirely possible that some of Tomie's blood got splattered onto an earthworm during the experimental stages, and that ungodly abomination was born.
*** Wouldn't the earthworm become a full Tomie, though?
*** My guess is it's the opposite - earthworms turn into two living worms when cut in half, so the doc probably did some comparisons with worm DNA. Or hell, Tomie evolved from earthworms and that explains her regeneration ability. Yeah.
*** Earthworms don't have such regeneration at all, actually, it's a myth. Some other organisms do however.
*** Not that the myth would have to be true to be true in ''Tomie''.



* In Tomie, does the titular character's powers extend to asexuals and people with inhibited sociability? Other than the girls, who were often (though not completely) immune to Tomie's charms, the ugly man in one of the short stories was able to resist Tomie's influence (much to her anger) for quite a while until one of her weaker clones (who grew from Tomie's severed fingers) got bullied by the other Tomies, prompting him to defend her from the others due to similar experiences he shared in his childhood. I believe since his appearance didn't grant him any favors in getting girlfriends, he probably never considered the possibility of romantic attraction until Tomie getting pushed around reminded him of his own problems and reignited the spark of feeling that create most males' murderous obsessions. Does her powers also extend to any men who are castrated or are homosexual?
** Tomie's schtick is not just sexual attraction, as that one exception shows. She just needs to make one feel strongly attached to her in any way, and then the whole "go crazy and kill her but it was for love" story repeats itself. I'm pretty sure homosexuals, asexuals and castratti are still pretty much capable of love, yes.
*** Another example is in ''Orphan Girl'' where an elderly couple adopt Tomie as a daughter. They both view her as a daughter and succumb to her charm, ending up attached and obsessed with her.
* Tomie has a ridiculous regenerative ability. Even setting her on fire or dousing her completely in acid does nothing to prevent her from coming back and wreaking havoc again. But what if someone were to tie her up in the middle of the desert and drop a hydrogen bomb right on top of her? Even if the bomb were to annihilate her down to her atoms, would she still continue to regenerate against the odds?
** If one assumes she can regenerate from a single cell(as I do) but not further, then I suppose no. But even that can't be the case, or else Tomies would be all over the place from her skin dead cells alone.
*** Perhaps Tomie knows the only way to truly destroy herself and the reason there isn't an army is because she uses the method.
*** Tomie can be destroyed simply by being "cremated at the highest temperature" apparently, as it is the method used by the Man in Black to dispose of dead Tomies. It is implied that simply burning the body properly with gasoline or the likes would kill her - the fingers regenerated out of the ash simply because a small campfire isn't hot enough to fully cremate a human body.

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* In Tomie, does the titular character's powers extend to asexuals and people with inhibited sociability? Other than the girls, who were often (though not completely) immune to Tomie's charms, the ugly man in one of the short stories was able to resist Tomie's influence (much to her anger) for quite a while until one of her weaker clones (who grew from Tomie's severed fingers) got bullied by the other Tomies, prompting him to defend her from the others due to similar experiences he shared in his childhood. I believe since his appearance didn't grant him any favors in getting girlfriends, he probably never considered the possibility of romantic attraction until Tomie getting pushed around reminded him of his own problems and reignited the spark of feeling that create most males' murderous obsessions. Does her powers also extend to any men who are castrated or are homosexual?
** Tomie's schtick is not just sexual attraction, as that one exception shows. She just needs to make one feel strongly attached to her in any way, and then the whole "go crazy and kill her but it was for love" story repeats itself. I'm pretty sure homosexuals, asexuals and castratti are still pretty much capable of love, yes.
*** Another example is in ''Orphan Girl'' where an elderly couple adopt Tomie as a daughter. They both view her as a daughter and succumb to her charm, ending up attached and obsessed with her.
* Tomie has a ridiculous regenerative ability. Even setting her on fire or dousing her completely in acid does nothing to prevent her from coming back and wreaking havoc again. But what if someone were to tie her up in the middle of the desert and drop a hydrogen bomb right on top of her? Even if the bomb were to annihilate her down to her atoms, would she still continue to regenerate against the odds?
** If one assumes she can regenerate from a single cell(as I do) but not further, then I suppose no. But even that can't be the case, or else Tomies would be all over the place from her skin dead cells alone.
*** Perhaps Tomie knows the only way to truly destroy herself and the reason there isn't an army is because she uses the method.
*** Tomie can be destroyed simply by being "cremated at the highest temperature" apparently, as it is the method used by the Man in Black to dispose of dead Tomies. It is implied that simply burning the body properly with gasoline or the likes would kill her - the fingers regenerated out of the ash simply because a small campfire isn't hot enough to fully cremate a human body.



*** That's probably just a translation issue.
* What would happen in a Tomie pregnancy? Would she give birth to another Tomie? Or would said Tomie-fetus kill her instead and use her to grow?
* And what if a male got infected by Tomie? Would it be like Yukiko, where a Tomie grows and breaks out of the body, or could the Tomie cells actually alter the body to transform like they can for women?

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*** That's probably just a translation issue.
* What would happen in a Tomie pregnancy? Would she give birth to another Tomie? Or would said Tomie-fetus kill her instead and use her to grow?
* And what if a male got infected by Tomie? Would it be like Yukiko, where a Tomie grows and breaks out of the body, or could the Tomie cells actually alter the body to transform like they can for women?
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8th Jul '17 11:43:02 PM ReyRapids63
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***Junji Ito often keeps the 'why' of his horror hidden. In the comic characters speculate about it being terrorists, insanity, magic and even aliens, all of them could work but none of them perfectly fit and none of them get confirmed or denied. For me personally, the horror always came from the implication that the 'Stitch Murders' are actually just fits of insanity brought on by lonely people. A sort of wide spread mind virus that worms its way into lonely peoples heads and they willingly stitch themselves together. The lack of injuries and the fact that they don't have any defensive wounds, as well as the fact that the jets at the end imply the government is now part of it, I think that is just some some sort of suicidal hive mind that infects lonely people. I almost feel MORE horror at the sudden ending, because I can just imagine the next page of our defeated protagonists, slowly walking towards the girl, willing joining the 'Army of One' as she stitches them together so he no longer has to feel alone.
15th Mar '17 9:59:57 PM mitsumii
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** [[http://h.mfcdn.net/store/manga/10049/15-004.0/compressed/spage175.jpg?token=bc5f4d6e5b501957ae34181612ba0d1c&ttl=1489723200 Here it is.]]
15th Mar '17 9:52:17 PM mitsumii
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** [[http://h.mfcdn.net/store/manga/10049/15-004.0/compressed/spage175.jpg?token=bc5f4d6e5b501957ae34181612ba0d1c&ttl=1489723200 Here it is.]]
1st Feb '17 5:16:31 PM 8BrickMario
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*** That's probably just a translation issue.

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*** That's probably just a translation issue.issue.
* What would happen in a Tomie pregnancy? Would she give birth to another Tomie? Or would said Tomie-fetus kill her instead and use her to grow?
* And what if a male got infected by Tomie? Would it be like Yukiko, where a Tomie grows and breaks out of the body, or could the Tomie cells actually alter the body to transform like they can for women?
21st Jan '17 6:06:17 PM ElSquibbonator
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** Come to think of it, how is it that humans cannot tell the difference between sap and honey? They're two different foods. Yes, both are sweet and come from plants. However, sap is basically "tree blood". Honey, on the other hand, is the [[NauseaFuel lovely mixture of pollen, water, and nectar all mixed together into delicious bee vomit.]] They do have distinctive tastes.

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** Come to think of it, how is it that humans cannot tell the difference between sap and honey? They're two different foods. Yes, both are sweet and come from plants. However, sap is basically "tree blood". Honey, on the other hand, is the [[NauseaFuel lovely mixture of pollen, water, and nectar all mixed together into delicious bee vomit.]] They do have distinctive tastes.tastes.
*** That's probably just a translation issue.
20th Jan '17 2:12:11 PM batmany
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** Who knows, maybe he did that after the last panel, but we're meant to stop there, learning that she's now waiting for him to die, [[RuleOfScary since it's the scariest way possible]] to end the story.

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** Who knows, maybe he did that after the last panel, but we're meant to stop there, learning that she's now waiting for him to die, [[RuleOfScary since it's the scariest way possible]] to end the story.story.
* Right, so, ''Splatter Film'' is a very good plant-based horror story. Not going to deny that. However, there is one aspect about the tree that confounds me (LovecraftianSuperpower teleportation skills aside). We know the "honey" is actually the tree's sap. We know it cannot stand humans attempting to eat said sap, and will smush anything that it catches doing so. That being said, other animals feed on sap. There's birds, insects, other mammals, etc. Yet, this tree seems focused on crushing only humans who attempt to steal its sap and feed on it. Does it not notice other animals? Or, do other animals just not like the taste of the sap?
** Come to think of it, how is it that humans cannot tell the difference between sap and honey? They're two different foods. Yes, both are sweet and come from plants. However, sap is basically "tree blood". Honey, on the other hand, is the [[NauseaFuel lovely mixture of pollen, water, and nectar all mixed together into delicious bee vomit.]] They do have distinctive tastes.
24th Oct '16 4:11:46 AM Clerical
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*** What about the fact that the sticher at the end included the family dog while the off screen stichers all just used people? Isn't that evidence that she's not a part of the original sticher strains that we see?
12th Oct '16 4:49:52 PM MedicineMelancholy
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*** Tomie can be destroyed simply by being "cremated at the highest temperature" apparently, as it is the method used by the Man in Black to dispose of dead Tomies. It is implied that simply burning the body properly with gasoline or the likes would kill her - the fingers regenerated out of the ash simply because a small campfire isn't hot enough to fully cremate a human body.
5th Apr '16 2:02:16 AM Miumia
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* ''Anything But a Ghost'' ends with the main character's mistress waiting by his deathbed in the hospital, eagerly awaiting his death so she can devour his ghost. So...why can't the guy just ask the hospital staff to remove his crazy ex-girlfriend from his room? And if she resists, that's what security is for.

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* ''Anything But a Ghost'' ends with the main character's mistress waiting by his deathbed in the hospital, eagerly awaiting his death so she can devour his ghost. So...why can't the guy just ask the hospital staff to remove his crazy ex-girlfriend from his room? And if she resists, that's what security is for.for.
** Who knows, maybe he did that after the last panel, but we're meant to stop there, learning that she's now waiting for him to die, [[RuleOfScary since it's the scariest way possible]] to end the story.
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