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Sixteen volumes of pure terror.
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The first and longest anthology serial of horror master Junji Ito's work. Totaling 16 volumes and including several subseries among the short stories, the collection's most notable contributions may be that it featured the first collection of his famous Tomie series and that it introduced many unconnected and wildly varied one-shot stories that defined Ito's range.

In addition to the Tomie stories, the manga includes the short Lovesick Dead series and multiple stories about Souichi, a creepy brat who partakes in supernatural mischief; Oshikiri, a boy with a height complex and several run-ins with parallel dimensions, and the Bizarre Hikizuri Siblings; a creepy and severely dysfunctional family unit.

The manga has also been published under the name Museum of Terror, with the difference being the order of some of the stories.

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Though they were included here, tropes from Tomie and Lovesick Dead should go on the two series' own pages.


Tropes in the ''Junji Ito Kyoufu Manga Collection:

  • Adaptation Expansion: His take on Frankenstein - it is actually very faithful, with one exception as to why the doctor made a new creature. Doesn't even go too far Off the Rails.
  • Adults Dressed as Children: Used to horrifying effect at the end of "The Bully", when the protagonist regresses into the pattern of abusive behavior she displayed in her childhood and dons her outgrown schoolgirl outfit and ties her hair in Girlish Pigtails in a grotesque copy of her look at that age.
  • Bad Humor Truck: "Ice Cream Bus". You are what you eat...
  • Barred from the Afterlife: In "The Bridge", this happens to the dead who are sent down the river in a funeral ritual and fall into the water instead of passing successfully underneath the town bridge downstream.
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  • Bedtime Brainwashing: Featured in "The Gift-Bearer" and "The Town Without Streets".
  • Bee Afraid: In "Beehive", a young boy can control wasps and sends them to scare off the protagonist. Though they don't sting him or anything, they just make him leave.
  • Bee Bee Gun: The boy in "Beehive" who can control wasps and uses them to fend off hive robbers. Then, after the boy is killed and buried, they make a hive around the boy's head and start tending to him.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: The Bizarre Hikizuri Siblings. They're like an abusive Addams Family.
  • Bittersweet Ending:
    • "The Back Alley". Shinobu kills Ishida but becomes trapped in the alley and is left helpless as the ghosts of her victims come out for revenge.
    • "Marionette Mansion". Haruhiko saves his sister and destroys Jean-Pierre but his girlfriend is killed and it's revealed that Yukihiko and his family have become marionettes.
    • In "Shiver", Yuji witnesses Hideo succumb to the curse of the jade statue, being warned by him that the doctor is really a servant. Hideo's body is later found with the statue missing, but Rina seems to be finally free from the curse with her body apparenly back to normal.
  • Body Horror:
    • The transformations in "The Hell of the Doll Funeral" go From Bad to Worse to say the absolute least.
    • Chikara's mother in "Flesh-Colored Horror" thinks people are more beautiful alive and sans skin, and has developed a chemical process to make such a thing possible.
  • Came Back Wrong:
    • Soichi's grandfather in "Coffin" and Shibayama in "The Supernatural Transfer Student".
  • The Chew Toy: Soichi Tsuji, the villain of several short stories, tends to have his various evil schemes backfire on him in the most gruesome, humiliating manners possible (in youth and adulthood), in marked contrast to the usual fate of an Ito antagonist.
  • Clothes Make the Maniac: The titular object in "Sword of the Reanimator" always possesses its owner and makes them carry out its will, including Keiji after he acquires it.
  • Compelling Voice: Ms. Yokoi, in "The Devil's Logic", seems to use this to convince people to commit suicide.
  • Creepy Doll: In "The Hell of the Doll Funeral", this is taken to a horrifying extreme. The daughter of the protagonist, Marie, is afflicted with a disease that first turns her into a doll, then into something more disturbing for its passing resemblance to a human being.
  • Creepy Twins: "Soichi's Birthday" gives Soichi an equally terrifying twin (whether a ghost or a conjured figment of his imagination isn't clear.)
  • Daddy's Girl: Miho in "Heart of a Father" is one until her father starts turning against her. Also Mizusu from "Approval", whose father lies and uses a man for years just to be able to see her spirit.
  • Dead All Along:
    • In "A Deserter in the House", a family hides a war deserter and keeps him there years after the war's end, pretending the war is still on since they blame him for their sister's death during his initial stay. However, while they think they've been getting their revenge and psychologically tormenting him, they later discover that he hanged himself the day the girl died, leaving them shaken at the question of what had been happening all those years.
    • In "Mold", the protagonist finds his house becoming rapidly overrun by the fungus after letting his old science teacher's family rent it. In a room that was sealed by mold-induced warping before the door rotted off, he discovers that the family, who introduced the mold, never left the house, having been consumed by it and dying some time before he returned home.
  • Disability Immunity: Yukari in "Village of Sirens" deafened herself so she could no longer be affected by the siren.
  • Disability Superpower: Because of a rare blood disorder, Souichi must have a constant supply of iron to live. He achieves this by chewing on carpenter's nails, which he also sticks between his teeth to bite people with, spits at enemies and hammers into voodoo dolls. "Souichi's Birthday" implies that he used his curses to bring the condition upon himself. He didn't have it as a young child, and got his habit of carrying things in his mouth from his grandmother, who always had a toothpick in her mouth.
  • The Dog Bites Back:
    • Chikara from "Flesh-Colored Horror" gets back at his psycho mom by dissolving her removed skin (which she wears like a suit) with acid and then tearing apart her leg muscles, dooming her to eventually mummify.
    • In one of the "Bizarre Hikizuri Siblings" stories, the badly abused and mistreated Hitoshi manages to get back at his siblings by summoning the terrifying ectoplasmic form of their father from his mouth. He's completely oblivious.
  • Dying Curse: The plot of "The Will" is based around this, with two vengeful spirits haunting out of hatred. Neither ghost had the right house, and neither knew the other was dead.
  • Easy Amnesia: Risa from "Honored Ancestors" suffers from this, having abruptly suffered complete amnesia for seemingly no reason. It's revealed that the shock from discovering the truth about her boyfriend's father caused her mind to erase all memory out of sheer horror. The old man has his head connected to a long line of human scalps, with the still living brains of the family's ancestors attached resembling a giant caterpillar. And the boyfriend wants to marry her so he can continue the family line... She also suffers amnesiac breaks from this two more times over the course of the story.
  • Eldritch Location: In "Ryokan", the hot spring inside the inn seems to be a literal portal to Hell.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: In "Mold", Akasaka remembers that he was wary of the Rogi family renting his house because his dog growled at them while they were in his house.
  • Evil Twin:
    • Encountered several times by recurring character Oshikiri, whose mansion home contains a portal to alternate dimensions. One twin in particular has been performing medical experiments on his classmates in an attempt to discover a formula for human growth to make himself taller. Oshikiri dispatches him by injecting him with his own drug, causing his bones to grown uncontrollably and burst through his skin, but the evil twin dies telling the original that there are even worse Oshikiris out there...
    • Oshikiri also encounters evil twins of his own parents, who intend to kill him so they and their son can live in the main Oshikiri's world after an earthquake destroys their version of the mansion.
  • The Faceless:
    • In "Used Record", Paula Bell's face is never seen.
    • Kamei from "The Face Burglar" doesn't have a face of her own anymore as she automatically changes to copy faces she's seen. She thinks the only way to revert to her original face is to live in complete isolation, since simply being near other people affects her face. We never get to see what she actually looks like.
  • Facial Horror: At the end of "Face Burglar", Kamei's gambit is exposed, and as a result, she is confronted with a mass of students wearing grotesque masks. Their plan works, and her face starts uncontrollably shifting to look like all of them at once.
  • Faking the Dead: Kojima in "Bog of Living Spirits" attempts to do this in order to escape the obsessive throng of female classmates who won't leave him alone. It remains unclear by the end of the story whether the faked death was more real than he planned.
  • Family Relationship Switcheroo: In "The Will:, the protagonist's "sister" turns out to be her cousin who was adopted by Hiroko's parents as a baby.
  • Foreshadowing: The creepy woman's house in "The Window Next Door" has some cracks on it, particularly around its only window. When we see her terrifying last resort, it then seems as if she's pulled that trick before, and the cracks are from the deformation and reversion of the house's structure, i.e. the window has been stretched out and settled back in before.
  • The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: In "The Will", the two sisters get along horribly, with one deliberately disturbing the other's studies before being shut down. They aren't really sisters, but were raised as such, and the trope is played as if they were sisters.
  • Halfway Plot Switch: While a lack of privacy fuels the horror of the entire story, "The Town Without Streets" has distinctly different plots in its first and second halves. It begins with a girl's dreams being influenced by a shy lovestruck boy coming into her room to whisper suggestions to her for attention, before he gets murdered. As a result of the boy's instrusions, the girl's family starts persistently spying on her in disturbing ways, yet denies all peeping beyond reason, so she goes off to live with her aunt. The second half of the story deals with the strange town the aunt lives in, where everything is accessed by a maze of recently built-together houses, and all attempts at being alone are futile while more unnatural watchers peep in. The murderer comes back, though.
  • Hellgate: In "Ryokan", Mitosuyo's father has an unnatural obsession with turning his house into an inn with a hot spring, digging a very deep pit into the ground to find one. But it's not water that pools into the pit, but hot blood; he never gets any guests either, only demons and a few oni emerging from the pit.
  • Help, I'm Stuck!: This happens to the protagonist of "Clubhouse", getting her head stuck in a board dividing the titular structure. Unfortunately for her, her only available help is two rival clubs who divided the house and who are each eager to pull her out over to their side to recruit her.
  • Hitodama Light: In "Bog of Living Spirits", these are seen around the bog where someone may have recently died. It turns out these are the spirits of two obsessive girls hoping that he, their fellow classmate, is still alive, and waiting for him to surface again.
  • Hive Mind:
    • A subversion in "Honored Ancestors". Risa's amnesia was caused by her seeing the scalps and brains of every member of Shuichi's family grafted to his father's head. The end shows that, rather than just the person at the end inheriting their collected knowledge, each one can still actively think.
    • This is a significant plot point in "The Conversation Room". The patients in a hospital ward are of one mind and assimilate through masses of needled tubes coming from their mouths.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard:
    • Soichi, in almost every story.
    • In "Back Alley", the girl whom Ishida was staying with turns out to have killed many of her classmates, burying them in the alley. At the end, she becomes trapped there and their ghosts advance on her.
    • "Used Record" is about a record of a postmortem performance which supernaturally compels people to listen to it, to the point of killing others to get it. At the beginning of the story, one of its victims kills her friend to get it from her - and later dies herself when she is blockaded into an alleyway because she'd stashed her friend's body there.
    • "Love As Scripted": A playboy makes a videotape for his girlfriend so that she won't feel bad after he dumps her. When he tries to break up with her, she stabs him in a frenzy, and then finds the tape he made for her. Unfortunately, she decides she prefers the tape to the real him, and finishes him off with a broken bottle rather than saving his life.
    • "Map Town": A couple are in a town where everyone magically loses the ability to navigate, forcing them to rely on maps everywhere. The husband is the only one unaffected by the curse. Later, he and his wife go looking for treasure and plunder an urn filled with gold Koban coins. As expected, the townspeople are not impressed, and try to apprehend them. In an attempt to lose the townspeople, the duo scribble over as many maps as they can. To the husband's horror, he discovers that the curse has hit him, as well, leaving the couple unable to find their way out of the town. It's possible that the villagers could clean the maps, too, and they would find the thieves eventually...
    • "The Bronze Statue": A vain woman commissions several statues of herself from her ex-lover, a sculptor. She also has him kill the neighboring women who gossiped about her, by encasing them in concrete. After discovering that the body of her husband, whom she murdered, has turned into wax from being buried in a swamp and having it carved into a statue cast, she comes up with a plan to drown herself in the swamp and have the sculptor retrieve her and turn her into the most beautiful statue ever seen. Unfortunately, he dies just as he is about to fill the mold with molten gold. Her conscious spirit remains trapped inside the mold in the cellar forever.
    • In "Mold", the titular super-fungus is revealed to have destroyed the Rogi family who brought it into existence.
  • Humanoid Abomination:
    • The doctor from "Shiver" is also revealed to be one that has to do with the jade carving's curse.
    • Fuchi, too, considering that she's some sort of horrifying demon-lady but still acts very human (that's not to say she acts like a good human) and looks relatively close to one. She even has incomprehensible success as a fashion model.
    • The neighbor in "The Window Next Door" is clearly something pretending to be human, judging by the gaudy jewelry, misapplied false eyelashes, and perfect hair that can only be a wig. Also, she has some unnerving ability to warp her house's structure closer to her neighbor's window.
  • Idiot Ball: In "Frankenstein", Henry Clerval is involved in the chance to make a female wretch... and then runs off on his own. Just like in the novel, he is killed by the first creature and Frankenstein is blamed for it.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Fuchi in "Fashion Model" turns out to be more than just a scary face.
  • Important Haircut: Defied by the hair itself in "The Long Hair In The Attic", where Chiemi is encouraged to cut her hair because it symbolized the control her recent ex had over her, as he had made her grow it out. The cut gets made a little lower than the hair instead.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Soichi is genuinely nasty, mean-spirited, and all-around evil, but he's so bad at it that it's hard not to feel sorry for him all the same.
  • Ironic Name: The town in "Map Town" is named Shirube, which is noted by the husband character to be a good sign, as it means "guide". Unfortunately, Shirube is likely to be called that because its residents require excessive guidance, as it exerts an influence that completely cripples anyone's sense of direction.
  • It's Been Done: Meta-example. In author commentary for "Honored Ancestors", Ito notes his pride in the imagery of Shuichi Makita running on all fours while on his back and attached to the scalps of his ancestors...and his disappointment that The Exorcist's director's cut included the spider-walking scene and beat him to it.
  • It's Raining Men: "Falling" is about a mysterious phenomenon calling people into the sky before they are brutally dropped back down to earth. We are never told what is pulling the people into the air, but from what we hear from the protagonist's girlfriend, restrained on the ground, all who are called into the air meet unspeakable horrors.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: In "The Bronze Statue", a statue of a beautiful young woman is installed in the local park. The one who commissioned it, an ugly old widow named Madame Sonobe, says it was made to look like her younger self, but nobody believes that she actually looked like that.
  • Lighter and Softer: Several of the stories are more melancholy than disturbing, and some, like the Souichi stories, are more comedic.
  • Living Statue:
    • In "Headless Statues", an art teacher sculpts figures without heads to place greater emphasis on body language's power of expression. Then the statues come to life and kill people to take their victims' heads for their own.
    • Subverted in several ways in "The Bronze Statue". Madame Sonobe, an ugly and rich widow, commissions beautiful sculptures which apparently reflect herself and her husband in their youth, though nobody buys it. She puts microphones and cameras into them to see what people are saying to her and talk from them, invoking this idea, and she later starts to see the sculptures come to life and mock her. This is implied to be nervous hallucination, but also might be because one of the supposedly-living sculptures was molded from the waxified, reshaped corpse of her husband. When she goes under this preservation to be turned into a sculpture, her spirit is stuck inside the unfinished form.
  • Love Before First Sight: Soichi for Fuchi, after seeing her in a magazine in "Rumors" if the dream-future with Binzo Tsujii is to be believed.
  • The Maze: "Unbearable Labyrinth" features one used by a monastic order who entomb themselves alive within it in an eternal meditation.
  • Monster Sob Story:
    • The father in "Approval" cruelly and repeatedly denies the hand of his daughter to a suitor because his daughter is actually dead, and the unaware suitor asking for his permission to marry is the only way that he can see his daughter's spirit.
    • The father in "Heart Of a Father" possesses his children's bodies against their will, drives both his sons to commit suicide, tries to do the same to his daughter and almost kills a boy who had pursued her romantically - but admits that he just wanted to be young and have fun again by living through them, as he missed out on his own youth.
  • Mortality Phobia: Mami in "The Long Dream" has one, and it's solved through extremely questionable means.
  • The Napoleon: Oshikiri in "Neck Specter", as he kills his friend for growing too tall and has terrifying visions of everyone around him growing in freakish ways. Some of the other Oshikiris have a height complex as well, like the one who tries to create a growth serum that goes wrong in several ways.
  • Never Mess with Granny: Souichi's grandmother, who appears once a year on his birthday and does not take kindly to anyone upsetting her beloved grandson.
  • Never Sleep Again: "Den of the Sleep Demon" has this concerning an internal threat; that of a second self emerging from within you and turning you inside out like a reversible plush once you fall asleep.
  • New Media Are Evil: "The Town Without Streets" is a pretty blatant parable about the dangers of the internet.
  • New Transfer Student: The title character of "The Supernatural Transfer Student" is one, and he seems to bring horror with him into the town.
  • Nightmare Face:
    • Fuchi, whose face is one in-universe for the protagonist of "Fashion Model". After seeing her in a magazine, her unsettlingly long, gaunt face haunts him more and more...and that's before her teeth are shown.
    • "The Window Next Door". Hello, neighbor...
    • Frankenstein's Monster. Not even the female wretch would stomach it! The sight of him laughing through a window also scares a poor family of their house.
  • No Sense of Direction: In "Map Town", the entire town of Shirube is cursed so its inhabitants have no sense of direction and are forced to rely on excessively-provided maps and signposts.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: The protagonist of "Face Firmly in Place" ends up locked in a surgical chair that holds her in via spikes that enter her ear canals. We see her at the end telling her story, her hair grown out and hiding her ears, and she waves off the experience, claiming she was found and rescued the next day. However, she flips out when the man she's talking to tries to see her ears, leaving it unclear what kind of horrific damage she may have suffered.
  • Older Than They Look: The ending of "The Face Burglar" implies this about Kamei.
  • Our Vampires Are Different:
    • "Bio-House" features a vampiric epicurean and his servants, who try to feast on his guest's blood.
    • "The Blood Sickness of the White Sands Village" features something like vampiric land, as the town is powered by a giant subterranean heart which pumps blood in and out of its citizens and can take over circulation for new members of the town.
    • "Blood-Bubble Bushes" has this with a Sadistic Choice as a result. The bite causes your body to grow "branches" with fruits of your own blood, which will eventually kill you when your blood has been transferred completely to the fruits. If you eat from the fruit, you will be saved from this fate, but suffer as a vampire afterward.
  • Out, Damned Spot!: The obsessive-compulsive mother in "The Groaning Drain" deals with this when she accidentally kills her husband and his blood won't wash off the floorboards. Then she tries cleaning her skin...
  • Parental Marriage Veto: The premise of "Approval".
  • Perverse Puppet: Jean-Pierre in "Marionette Mansion".
  • Please Put Some Clothes On: Auntie Tamae in "The Town Without Streets" is a bit too unconcerned with her lack of privacy, and her niece Saiko reacts accordingly.
  • Portal Cut: The portals in Oshikiri's mansion tend to open through the walls and have the unfortunate tendency to sometimes cut off, leaving the poor victim to be absorbed into the stonework.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: Yes, Junji Ito created a manga adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, which, while streamlined, is surprisingly faithful before Ito starts to have more fun with the horror than Shelley did.
  • Prehensile Hair: Subverted. In "The Long Hair in the Attic", a girl's hair decapitates her for trying to cut it. It still hangs around, dragging the head with it as its body.
  • Promoted to Parent: Kazuya Hikizuri. Haruhiko in "Marionette Mansion" seems to have been promoted to Natsumi's parent as well.
  • Pun: "Village of Sirens" conflates industrial sirens with mythological siren song.
  • Pushover Parents:
    • In "Ice Cream Bus", it's a plot point that Sonohara is afraid to forbid Tomoki from riding the ice cream bus because Tomoki threatens to leave and go live with his mother instead.
    • Soichi Tsujii's parents often act this way, ostensibly because they see him as their youngest baby and don't believe he is a threat to anyone.
  • Rule of Three: In "Honored Ancestors", the sight of the connected scalps of Makita's family causes Risa to undergo a mental break and lose her memory three times, with Makita quickly bringing her up to speed the second time it happens, which is after she tries to escape.
  • Scary Stitches: The monsters in "Frankenstein" are covered in these.
  • Sea Monster: One of these features prominently in "The Thing that Drifted Ashore". Although it's quite horrific on its own, the titular prehistoric-looking monster is implied to be the least of your worries if you're trapped deep beneath the waves. Another one, which looks distinctly like Godzilla, appears briefly in "The Supernatural Transfer Student".
  • Shear Menace: The female creature in "Frankenstein" uses surgical scissors to attack both Victor and the creature.
  • Something Completely Different: "The Bully" has no overtly supernatural elements, no gore or deaths, and very few outright Nightmare Face moments. It's more or less grounded in reality in comparison to most of his stories, but that doesn't make its ending any less disturbing.
  • Taken for Granite:
    • In "Gravetown", the residents transform into gravemarkers when they die. But when the process is disturbed by moving the dead from the exact location of their death, they transform irregularly into hideous corpses riddled with jagged stone growths.
  • Thrown Down a Well: The disturbed corpses in "Gravetown" are dealt with in this way.
  • Toilet Humor: One of his stories is titled "A Shit to Remember". You can pretty much guess what it's going to be about. Junji Ito takes his sweet time to unload a great number of Puns, culminating in the story's protagonist literally losing his (fake) shit.
  • Too Soon: Meta-example. When working on "Fashion Model", Ito intended to give Fuchi some shark-like elements, but scrapped the idea for this reason when a widely-publicized shark attack occurred at the time.
  • Tortured Monster: Frankenstein's Monster, as part of the faithful adaptation. All he wants to be accepted by someone but his hideous countenance inspires horror for everyone who sees it (especially the reader). Even the female wretch, a creature made to love him, couldn't see him as anything more then a monster.
  • Town with a Dark Secret: Featured in many of these stories.
  • Theme Twin Naming: In "Souichi's Birthday", Souichi's twin is named Soji.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: Koichi Tsujii and his cousin Yuusuke look very alike, to the point where a girl with an unrequited crush on Yuusuke initially mistakes Koichi for him and faints on seeing Koichi.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: "The Supernatural Transfer Student". As a zombie, Shibayama is constantly vomiting from his mouth.
  • Voodoo Doll: Soichi's in the habit of using them.
  • You Are Worth Hell: In "Den of the Sleep Demon", Mari's boyfriend Yuuji risks being turned inside out by a dream version of himself every time he falls asleep. When he finally passes out, Mari duct tapes her hand to his, hoping that it will keep him anchored and that his counterpart will not be able to crawl out of his mouth. It fails. When the counterpart's arm comes out of Yuuji's mouth, Mari finds herself being dragged in by the hand as he is turned inside out. Rather than try to free herself, she allows herself to be pulled in so she can stay with him.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: In "Heart of a Father", the titular father is able to possess his children's bodies. He forces both his sons to commit suicide when he decides they aren't living up to his expectations, and later tries to do the same to his daughter, since his wife is pregnant again with her "replacement". Subverted, when you find out in the end, that his sons really did commit suicide by their own free will, and rushed to get his daughter and wife to stop leaving.
  • Zombie Puke Attack: In "The Supernatural Transfer Student", Shibayama gets turned into a constantly-vomiting zombie.

Alternative Title(s): Junji Ito Horror Manga Collection, Museum Of Terror

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