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Headscratchers: Junji Ito
  • So, apologizing for questioning the logic horror stories, after the terror sets in some things still bug me in regards to the inner logic of Junji Ito works. For example...
    • What's that giant earthworm doing in 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.
    • Why did the doll children turn into... whatever theu do in the end? How is the creepy wooden doll stage an intermediate between human and "fucking creepy horror thing"?
      • About this story, I really doubt there is supposed to be much logic. I guess Ito simply wanted to do his own mix of Twist Ending and From Bad to Worse. Children turning into dolls is bad enough in itself, so most readers are sufficiently crept out to not consider that other horror elements may enter.
    • What is "A Shit to Remember" about, anyway? Is it some sort of Nothing Is Scarier trick story? Or just an account from Ito's childhood? Or maybe just a play with our expectations?
      • It is a story about a boy that buys shit. The shit is described in great detail, and nothing supernatural happens. A story a kid would tell.
    • And finally, Army of One. Creepy as hell, yes. Unsettling reveal of who's the culprit as well as yanking the hope of a happy ending? Sure, that' awesome! But how, exactly, did the "Stitch Killer" do it? How could over 500 people simply disappear under heavy security and then suddenly appear in another place all stitched up. Or, worse, the gruesome Christmas decoration?
      • I had a theory about this one...the way I saw it, it wasn't just this one person doing it. It was some other group—who, I have no idea—that broadcast subliminal messages into the large groups of people—the bigger the group, the more people would get the message and feel compelled to stitch everyone together and kill them. After this, they were still under Mind Control, so after assembling their portion in some way, they'd stitch themselves in. The vanishing? Well, my thoughts was that the broadcasters weren't human, and took the 500 people away in an instant for the deed. But that's just my theory.
      • My interpretation is that Natsuko was merely driven insane and imitating the murders. However, it offers absolutely no explanation of what the hell was happening the whole time.
      • A bunch of different people went insane from loneliness and did it. It was probably different people every time. Kind of a More Than Mind Control thing, and once the murders started people started going insane just from seeing that. I totally expected that people had been stitching themselves in, and I kind of wanted to see that. It would have made it so much creepier!
      • Just to chip in with my two cents regarding all of these - I don't think Ito himself knows why and what is going on in many of his works. That's how he does things, he cripples story in favor of horror. Sure it doesn't hurt to theorize, but ultimately one shouldn't think too much about it. If you think of a satisfying explanation on your own, it's probably as correct as anything anyone else could say.
  • Ok, I have a bit of problem accepting one of the aspects of the series Gyo. Don't get me wrong, it's a great manga and downright disturbing. But, there's a tiny problem with the story's logic (not counting the ones that can be explained by Rule Of Coole or Rule of Scary). At one point in the story, a walker-powered whale shows up before it instantly collapses under its weight. Ok, fine, Square/Cube Law and everything. But, later in the series huge towering machines are seen walking about powered by massive piles or corpses. How? It's shown that the gas-inducing bacteria bloats the victims and increases their mass. If that is the case, then this would mean the infected humans are heavier than they were before becoming zombies (as evident when Kaori collapsed after trying to hang herself when she became infected). Therefore, huge piles of infected people would way hundreds, if not thousands of pounds (even if you don't take the gas into consideration, a lot of humans is quite heavy). How is it that these walkers cannot support a whale, yet can support mountains of farting zombies?
    • With a wee bit of guesswork math, we have in one side a sperm whale weighing about 14 tons, and on the other side a pile of people that, if I recall correctly, would be at most 50 people(yes, I'm erring towards the bigger side; the walkers were the same size that were used to walk sharks), weighing about 5 tons(gas would obviously raise mass a lot more than weight; hence why bodies may float from the depths of water after a while dead). So, yes, the walker cannot support a whale, yet can support a mountain of fating zombies that weight three times less than a whale.
  • Okay, so I was a bit confused by the ending of the Intersection Fortune Telling story. So who the heck were they hinting was the Pretty Boy? Were they trying to imply that he was the son of the man who got his mistresses pregnant? Was there some motive they were hinting at that went totally over my head? Was he just doing it For the Evulz? The ending was so abrupt I didn't grasp much beyond the protagonist's death.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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