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.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Rie from the Memory short story. One camp loves the fact that she is one of the few genuinely morally grey Ito protagonists because she did strangle her sister to death and is quite vain about her looks, but also genuinely regrets her actions. The other camp hates her for the same action, arguing that she is just a selfish, vain murderer.
  • 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.
    • The entire premise of The Will. Two teenage girl who hated each other committed suicide at the same time and went to haunt each other's family, not knowing the other have died. The sheer Contrived Coincidence to make it possible, not to mention the fact that one half of the pair's motivation can easily falls into Wangst territory for some readers, probably kills off any dramatic moment or tension the story have had to that point.
  • Nausea Fuel: Glyceride...Dear god, Glyceride...
    • Flesh Colored Horror as well. Especially the ending, with skin being torn and bare muscles being ripped apart. Ugh.
  • Narm Charm: Many of his stories are incredibly over the top, but the artwork and writing manage to make them Crazy Awesome.
  • 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 avoid this trope are when the main character is a Villain Protagonist or the story focuses on more dramatic elements instead of horror. The degree of how well this trope works heavily depends on the reader. Some will argue that this allows him to focus more on the horror elements and original ideas in his work. Some will say that it decreases immersion in the story. A third camp feels that it varies from story to story whether or not the idea was worth the bland characters.

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