Tear Jerker / Junji Ito

  • Lingering Farewell. A woman has been constantly plagued by dreams of her beloved father dying. She marries into a wealthy family who are all hostile to her, except her kind sister-in-law. She discovers that, when one of the family dies, the others will perform a ritual to create an "after-image" of the dead person which lingers for around twenty years to give them time to say goodbye and accept the death. Not only does her sister-in-law turn out to be such an after-image (with a heartbreaking scene where the girl, unaware of what she is, promises to stay at home with her mother forever as the mother sobs over her), but so does the heroine herself - who was killed by a car on her wedding day. She only finds out about this ten years after the wedding when her husband turns out to be having an affair and wants to marry his girlfriend. The protagonist blames herself for this, and decides she was a bad wife for being more devoted to her father than her husband. She goes home to spend whatever time she has left with her elderly father, and wonders which of them will disappear first.
  • The Ash Lady in "Mimi's Ghost Stories". She is the ghost of a mother who burned herself to death, and she now haunts her child out of motherly attachment. Unfortunately, she appears as a frightening charred corpse and leaves ash wherever she goes, terrifying her daughter, who doesn't even know her mother has died. The Ash Lady is eventually subjected to a painful exorcism, and the problem goes away, but she was only trying to comfort her daughter the whole time.
  • Very rarely will you feel sympathetic towards ANY of the antagonists, but you have to feel sorry for the dad in "Heart of a Father" at the end. He only wanted to live the life he was denied as a child.
  • The ending of Roar of Age is a serious case of loyalty to one's wife. Together in Death can't be more literal than jumping after your wife's drowning ghost to save her, all after you had done everything to do so for thirty years in vain.
    • Making it worse? He unknowingly did this in front of his long lost son.
  • In Town with No Roads, the protagonist fends up from being stalked by her family and decides to run away to her aunt's house. Her aunt's neighborhood turns out to be in a chronic state of her own predicament, so much that the aunt goes insane from the lack of privacy and no longer cares of being a nudist when people are freely walking in her house and drilling peepholes on her walls. Running away from her aunt, she comes face to face with a Yandere serial killer that killed her classmate, but he was killed by her aunt. Realizing that it's not too late for her aunt, the protagonist begs her aunt to leave the neighborhood with her to save her from the insanity, but the aunt calmly guides her out of the city and walks back into the darkness, thinking that she's too far gone for any semblance of normal life. The chapter ends with the protagonist solemnly walking into the light, out of this madness.