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YMMV / Junji Ito Kyoufu Manga Collection

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  • Anvilicious: "The Smoking Club". Smoking is Bad, OK? Justified as Japanese culture still thinks Smoking Is Cool.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Rie from "Memory". 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.
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  • Complete Monster: "The Back Alley" has one. Shinobu Uchiyama is a fourteen-year-old sociopath, and the one responsible for a series of murders that happened in the alley behind her mother's boarding house. Ever since she was a little girl, she was violently territorial towards the alley and murdered three little children who decided to play there one day. After her father fenced it off, Shinobu grew fond of using the alley as a killing ground, and as she grew older, she lured two classmates that she hated over and killed them, and eventually did the same to her own father before leaving taunting, vulgar graffiti celebrating their murders. The souls of her victims haunt the alley as vengeful ghosts who are permanently trapped due to not being able to climb out and attack Shinobu, who simply relishes in their suffering. When Ishida investigates the alley and tries to escape in order to call the police, Shinobu stabs him in the hand and causes him to fall, then smugly gloats about her crimes to a dying Ishida. Despite claiming that she has nothing against him, she giggles with glee once he succumbs to his wounds and casually tries to hide his body. But not before long, she recieves her deadly comeuppance in the form of her victims' ghosts.
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  • Harsher in Hindsight: "Near Miss!", a story about a passenger plane that goes missing mid-flight, is now less of a fictional concept than it once was upon the mysterious Malaysia Airlines disappearance - not that it wasn't a fictional one to begin with, given that there have been many other famous incidents involving aircraft that went missing and crashed into the world's oceans or remote landscapes over the past century.
  • Heartwarming Moments: At the end of "The Town Without Streets", Auntie Tamae, who had previously come close to assaulting her niece Saiko due to her privacy-less Sanity Slippage, saves Saiko from a murderer and directs her homeward, acknowledging that she wants a different life.
  • Memetic Mutation: Frankenstein's Monster laughing at the Doctor's misery became the "Dude! Let me in! I’m a fairy!" meme circa 2006.
  • Narm:
    • 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.
    • The ending of "Slug Girl" is disturbing as all get-out. . . unless you notice how similar it is to the SpongeBob SquarePants episode I Was A Teenage Gary, in which case it's hilarious.
    • Ditto "Hanging Blimp", the premise of which (giant balloons shaped like people's heads) bears more than a little resemblance to commercials for Air Heads candy.
  • Nausea Fuel:
    • "Ice Cream Bus" is fairly disgusting when we see a group of children all licking a huge lump of ice cream on the floor.
    • "Mold" has a sickening atmosphere as the fungus overrides a house.
    • "Flesh Colored Horror" as well. Especially the ending, with skin being torn and bare muscles being ripped apart. Ugh.
  • Ray of Hope Ending:
    • "The Window Next Door": The creepy lady's pursuits have brought her close enough that Hiroshi can no longer sleep safely in his room...but they've also warped her house and convinced the parents that there's something wrong, and the family are planning to move. It's unlikely they'd stay in there another night now, anyway.
    • "The Bully". The mother snaps and begins to bully her son the same way she did his father but she plans to do so at the playground she and her husband frequently played at when they were children, leaving open the possibility that someone will notice what she's doing and alert the police.

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