YMMV / Junji Ito

  • Awesome Art: Junji Ito's character designs might be recycled from story to story... but the man can draw the gruesome and weird like no one else.
  • Anvilicious: "The Smoking Club". Smoking is Bad, OK? Justified as Japanese culture still thinks Smoking Is Cool.
  • Memetic Mutation: With The Enigma of Amigara Fault taking the cake.
    • DRR... DRR... DRR...
    • This hole! It was made for me!
    • It's very slowly coming this way!
    • GASHUNK: Definitely the sound a shark makes when it breaks down a door.
  • Narm: In the Intersection Fortune Telling story, the main antagonist is nicknamed The Intersection's Pretty Boy. The thing is, they never refer to him by a nickname or find any other name for him. After hearing the main characters speaking with dead seriousness about the threat posed by The Intersection's Pretty Boy dozens of times it become impossible to take the name seriously anymore.
    • One story involves countless generations of a family forming a chain of heads, which is connected to the still living descendant. The concept and execution is fairly creepy...the problem being if you look at it the right way, the chain of heads looks like it was the result of windows 98 glitching up while someone was trying to drag a picture of a head.
  • Nausea Fuel: Glyceride...Dear god, Glyceride...
  • Nightmare Fuel: Earned his own page.
  • Paranoia Fuel: You'll never look at spirals the same way again.
  • Vanilla Protagonist: A frequent criticism of his works, especially his shorter stories. The only ones that frequently avoids this trope is when the main character is a Villain Protagonist or the story focuses on more dramatic element rather than horror. The degree of how well this trope is used is heavily depend on the reader. Some will argue that this allows him to focus more on the horror elements and original ideas in his work - again, Tropes Are Not Bad.