Monster Monday: ‘”Gashunk gashunk”‘…. Juni Ito’s ‘Gyo’ Manga

Lovecraftian weirdness from the fantastic horror manga of Junji Ito. Oh, and it’s a giant shark on legs..

The Haunted Eyeball

There are plenty of reason to love Junji Ito’s work.

We’re about to cover just one of them, which should be more than enough for now…

Juni Ito’s manga is unfailingly horrific, disturbing and marvelous. If you love horror of any kind, we can’t recommend his back-catalogue highly enough. For the sake of this Monster Monday, however, we want to focus on his series GYO (The Death Stench Creeps)
and the disturbing, and mostly unexplained, phenomena that it tries to explain. Well, there is a rational explanation given. In the loosest possible sense of ‘rational’. Perhaps ‘plausible’ is the best description for what happens in this manga. It’s really dream logic, which makes it work, the sense of a nightmare you can’t quite climb away from and situation getting worse and worse.

Title page from the first manga novel. Fish with legs. Yes, it sounds silly...at first.... Title page from the first manga novel. Fish with legs. Yes, it sounds silly…at first….

The basic premise of the…

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Monster Monday: ‘”Gashunk gashunk”‘…. Juni Ito’s ‘Gyo’ Manga

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