It was my utmost pleasure to be able to read this manga. I can go on and on about Junji ito’s artwork and how incredible he is at bringing a horror story and visualizing it. At first, I was planning on doing this review by going through each short story one by one and explaining what I loved about it, but that won’t really work the way I wanted it to because every story is actually intertwined.
To my happy surprise every story follows the same woman as is shown on the cover. Mimi experiences encounters with many entities that go from being just creepy and weird, to wtf? to actually murderous. As she goes through each encounter unscathed some believe her and some don’t. But, Mimi herself knows just how real and strange the experiences she’s had are.
My absolute favorite of these stories is Scarlet Circle. It combines all the things I loved most about all the stories in this manga and it had the most creepy atmosphere of them all. It also includes one of my favorite things in horror which is humans being the most horrifying of all things. There’s manipulation and things not being what it seems and it’s one of the most messed up of all the stories.
My other two favorites are Seashore and Just the Two of us. Both of them are more than just being frightened by seeing something creepy. In Seashore, Mimi’s friend is the one that gets haunted and sees these dead children drowning in the ocean begging to be saved. The friends try to stop him from going into the water, but eventually they can’t and he becomes one of the victims. In Just the two of us, a mother sets herself on fire killing herself and leaving her daughter an orphan. Mimi’s family is taking care of the child and notice that she’s gets things dirty everywhere she goes. We soon realize the mom is haunting her daughter and causing soot stains everywhere and terrifying the girl. It’s so tragic and it was the story that made me feel the most sad for the victims.
One of the coolest parts of this is the way the art shows everything being connected just by the imagery alone. Even without words you can look at it and see what is going on page by page. The dialogue adds to it in the end, but it is still so cool how clear it is what’s happening based solely on the artwork.
All I know is, one by one I want to own every Junji Ito work that he puts out. This manga is no exception. To me, each manga he creates is a stunning work of art that shows horror at its best. All I ever want is to read more. For me his works are a collectors item that I will treasure with my whole being.
I'm already a big Junji Ito stan, and this did not let me down. One of the first things I ever read from him was a collection of creepy stories, and I was glad to return to that style of storytelling for him. These stories aren't written by him, but based on short stories by two gentleman. It definitely feels distinct from his usual work, but the art style is as creepy as ever.
One of the more forgettable collections of Ito’s work, though his art shines through as always. There’s plenty here for existing fans but for someone knew to Ito’s brand of horror I would steer them towards some of his other collections.
Another horror manga from the master, Junji Ito. This volume follows a character named Mimi as she encounters various spirits, unsettling mysteries and strange people.
I very much enjoyed this collection of tales! A few were very disquieting and just the right amount of spooky. And as always, the illustrations were super creepy. Unfortunately, not every story hit the mark and so I couldn't give this a full five stars. On the Utility Pole, Rustling in the Grass, and Sign in the Field were just way too short and, for lack of a better word, boring. I definitely expected more from them than I got.
However, I still did rate this four stars! And that was definitely because of my favorites, which were The Woman Next Door, Seashore, Just the Two of Us, and Monster Prop. The character of Mimi was also a plus. She was a very likable and relatable character, which you don't often see in Junji's work.
Also, a fun fact is that Mimi appeared in every story except for the last, which was the only original Junji Ito tale in the whole book! The rest of the stories within this volume were based on the book collection of urban legends, called <i>Shin Mimibukuro</i>.
In the afterward, Junji talks about how the original authors gave him the freedom to expand and add as many details as he wished to the tales. He definitely seemed to have had fun bringing these stories to life!
Also, I'm very happy to announce that none of the stories herein made me nauseous. Which is always a thing to celebrate after reading one of Junji's books lol
This collection featured numerous short stories, with some delivering chilling thrills while others fell short. I found certain tales difficult to follow due to unclear writing. Being a graphic novel, it offered a swift and straightforward reading experience. Truthfully, I tended to skim through stories that didn't captivate me. It's possible that those familiar with the urban legends behind the tales might better appreciate them; however, lacking that background, I struggled to connect with the narratives. Overall, I'm hesitant to recommend this book unless one is particularly drawn to this style of horror storytelling.
I enjoyed this collection of short stories, though sometimes the slang threw me off (and that is a personal problem). Other than that the art was great, I wished the stories were longer, and it definitely makes me want to read the original novel.
"Mimi's Tales of Terror" is a collection of short horror stories in manga format that range in length from two pages to thirty pages. Despite the short length of some stories, each one delivers a shot of terror, as is to be expected from master Junji Ito. Most stories have no answers, no true resolution, which could be frustrating for some readers, though others will take delight in the mysteries. Recommended for collections where horror manga is popular.
Not much to say besides I love Junji Ito but this wasn't exactly my favorite. I didn't get the creeps as much as I do from my favorites (many of the stories in Shiver for example). Still comfort reading for me though haha
i love a good adaptation, and i’m actually not familiar with this collection’s source material (shin mimibukuro), so i’m glad i could at least be opened up to a new source! this was a bit underwhelming for me in terms of ito’s collections, and maybe it’s because they were more spooky than nasty, which is what i like to see with ito’s work. the urban legends of the collection were fine, but maybe a bit surface for me—i wish some of the stories were longer so they could be better fleshed out.
This was creepy, but not as creepy as other ones that I’ve read! On the Utility Pole and Seashire got me extra freaked out, but the other ones were just the normal amount of creepy. I definitely enjoyed this one more than other ones I’ve read! Another great manga from Junji Ito
Apparently, these are urban-legend-style stories that are loosely based on real events. The original collection is called Shin Mimibukuro (New Earmuffs) by Hirokatsu Kihara and Ichiro Nakayama. Mimi's Tales of Terror are illustrated and adapted by Junji Ito.
Unfortunately, this is my least favorite collection. The stories are underdeveloped and slightly silly. There are a few that appealed to me in the same way Ito's stories do--they are spooky and are greatly enhanced by his artwork, especially the "jump scare" pages.
Fans of Junji Ito expecting more stories of that same vibe and style will be disappointed. The tone and the storytelling voice are not the same at all.
Just the Two of Us and Monster Prop were my favorites.
Thank you to Netgalley for a free ARC in exchange for my honest review.
Junji Ito is THE master of horror. Creepy, sinister, haunting, Mimi's Tales of Terror is a collection of short manga detailing the strange happenings in poor Mimi's life. Ito perfectly captures the creepiness of spirits watching in the dark, so much so that I had to put the book down more than once. If you love horror, I absolutely recommend Junji Ito's work. You will not be disappointed.
Mimi's Tales of Terror has great art and storylines. It is not my style, so anything else I say about it would be completely objective.
Mimi's Tales of Terror has a classic, digestible premise, suitable for both long-time horror fans and beginners.
Its one flaw, if it can be called that, is that it's less original than some of Ito's other works, which makes sense since this is an adaptation rather than a story he created from scratch.
If you read a lot of horror, some of Mimi's encounters might feel very familiar simply because you've seen similar urban legends before.
Still, Ito provides an admirable rendition of the urban legend anthology which can be read in one sitting.
Gosh, I really love Junji Ito's art.
This was a pretty good collection of short horror stories! Some of them I felt to be too short to really scare me or interest me, but I enjoyed most of them. My favorites were The Woman Next Door, Scarlet Circle and the bonus story Monster Prop.
Thank you Netgalley and Viz for this ARC in exchange for a review!
“Mimi’s Tales of Terror consists of nine scary stories about university student Mimi and her boyfriend Naoto based on the Shin Mimibukuro, a collection of “true” horror tales from people living in Japan. In one story, when Mimi moves into a new apartment located next to a cemetery, she soon learns that her next-door neighbor likes to perform the gravestones, and in another, Mimi moves to a new apartment next to an enigmatic woman in black… or is it just one woman?” Rebecca Oliver Kaplan, The Mary Sue
This manga was unique! It was a collection of horror/ghost stories. These short stories seem like urban legends come to life through the manga art style. Some of them were creepy, some of them were weird, but all of them were interesting and spooky. I liked the bizarre neighbor who kept moving gravestones around so he would have an audience while he flexed. My favorite story was the creepy door though! Read on if you're looking for a spine chilling set of manga stories. (reminds me of Goosebumps, but manga form!
Totally new to horror manga and I kinda loved it. It's not too graphic and violent. It has the right amount of spookiness!
I adore Junji Ito, and this book is possibly a new favorite. The stories are all deliciously strange and inexplicable, and the art is of the same level of uncanny creepiness I've come to expect from him. My favorite story was probably the last one, though.
As always, Ito's artwork and ideas are unmatched. However, some of the storylines fell flat or felt rushed/unfinished. Would recommend to folks who are just starting out with his work, but it may be disappointing for long time fans.
Another solid entry from Junji Ito. This anthology has some really good stories with legit scares. My favorite is the tall woman and the apartment.