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Mimi's Tales of Terror

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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These stories were short and effective little nuggets of horror. I honestly found every story to be incredibly enjoyable.

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I'd never heard of Shin Mimibukuro before and now I'm hooked! Junji Ito's art added some extra spookiness to the stories, especially the more mundane ones that didn't really have a resolution (which makes sense, since they were based on real-life stories).

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A collection of nine urban legends and ghost stories adapted by Ichiro Nakayama and Hirokatsu Kihara, self-proclaimed "mystery collector" or "Kaii-shushu-ka" according to his website, adeptly illustrated by Junji Ito. These stories, which range in length and level of spookiness, center around the titular Mimi and her friends as they navigate life as a young person in Japan. Mimi cannot seem to escape the supernatural, whether moving into a new apartment near a cemetery, or taking a holiday beach trip with her friends.

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Classic Ito storytelling and art weaves a web of deeply disturbing and hypnotic storytelling, paired with artwork that will stay in your mind long after you put the book aside.

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Mimi's Tales of Terror is a collection of unconnected horror short stories. The character of Mimi seems to get into a lot of paranormal trouble, considering the people around her do not believe in the supernatural. This is because the stories are apparently based in fact. Because of this, none of the occurrences are explained, and many of them feel rushed or incomplete. (Even more so than Ito's other unexplained supernatural stories.) For someone wanting bite-sized bits of scares, this is a great collection. For anyone needing closure, look elsewhere.

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I received this book in exchange for a honest review from NetGalley.

This is another excellent example of the beautiful and terrifying horror of Junji Ito's art. The major problem that I had with this book was that it was based off of the work of another and thus some of the stories were lacking in the soul crushing terror of pure original Junji Ito works. This is one of those works where the hand of the other authors/content creators fails to live up to the quality of his other works. Over all still visually stunning and parts were fantastic but overall not my favorite Junji Ito piece.

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This book is apparently based on real encounters with the supernatural. This does a good job explaining the shorter, more eerie tones in these tales. Junji Ito's art is stellar and creepy. It really captures the tone nicely and helps to carry the smaller tales along. Think of this more as a manga version of collected folklore, along with the likes of Scary Stories to tell in the Dark.

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Ito took what was originally Hirokatsu Kihara's stories and upped the ante with his spun retelling and I couldn't be more happy with the end product. Each short story is ingenious, the kind of horrors that haunt people, freak people out, and prey on their fears. With the style of Ito readers know and love, it's the attention to detail coupled with the vagueness that sticks with readers.

The brevity of of "On the Utility Pole" was freaky cool. The suicidal stories of "Rustling in the Grass" and "Just the Two of Us" are always stories that make it into short story horror collections. But then because I love a good cemetery, the weirdness of "Grave Placement" was comparable to the next one in the collection "Seashore".

Plus I appreciated a good bonus story too.

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This had multiple weird and creepy short stories by Junji Ito. It was a fun read for spooky season, but not anything amazing.

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Like all of Junji Ito's work I fell absolutely in love with this!! He's back again with another fabulous collection.

Mimis Tales of Terror is a collection of stories centered around a girl named Mimi, often including her boyfriend. This is a based on Mimibukuro (New Earmuffs) by Hirokatsu Kihara and Ichiro Nakayama, therfore not original stories from Junji himself. He mentions taking and being able to take a lot of creative freedom with this adaptation and you can see a lot of his style and who he is seep into the stories.

I really enjoyed just about every story but felt like some of them were too short and left unsatisfied. However, the art is just as wonderful as always.

thank you to Netgalley and Voz for a digital arc !! <3

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Mimi's Tales of Terror, penned by the masterful Junji Ito, definitely delivers bone-chilling narratives. The stories center on Mimi, a young woman with a penchant for seeing the paranormal. Ito weaves tales that unsettle and intrigue as Mimi faces off against eerily horrific encounters. One of my favorite quotes, from 'Seashore'- "Nothing scary is going to happen."- definitely lends itself to setting the tone! And I want to know what's on the pictures!!!

Another truly terrifying tale, 'Just the Two of Us', creates a haunting and visceral sense of fear on many levels. I found it the most disturbing of all these stories. Ito doesn't shock with cheap tricks, but rather relies on the slow build-up of dread and terror. This knack for coupling captivating plots with intricate illustrations makes Mimi's Tales of Terror a delight for horror aficionados.

Some tales felt too open-ended, leaving many questions unanswered. However, that ambiguity might enhance the horror element for some readers. In sum, Ito's Mimi's Tales of Terror provides a first-rate read for those seeking a complex mix of fear, macabre, and superb storytelling. Highly recommended!

***Many thanks to Netgalley & Viz Media for providing an egalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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The stories within were well written and illustrated. I especially liked the first story. The artwork made this manga, and I believe some readers will find it beautiful and terrifying.

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**Disclaimer: I recieved a free eARC of this through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for this opportunity.  This was interesting.  I liked the short snippets of scary stories, and all the different ways that the horror aspects manifested.  It really kept me guessing about what was going to happen.  However, I didn't always love the dialogue.  The art was really cool though, and really helped to build the tension.

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4.5. This is not strictly a Junji Ito work (it's based on a collection of urban legends called Shin Mimibukuro), but he took enough creative liberties and drew his traditionally horrific images to go along with the psychologically horrifying stories that it feels like his other books. In fact, I felt like these images are even more grotesque and nightmare-inducing in this volume, which is both terrifying and delightful. But the fact that they're more effective might also have to do with the fact that these tales are real and, therefore, more plausible.

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This is a collection of true short horror stories from the famed collection of urban legends Shin Mimibukuro. They have been drawn by manga artist Junji Ito who is known for his spooky horror manga.

I really enjoyed reading all of these creepy stories. Some of them were really short and some were longer. I honestly liked having a few that were only a couple of pages. I think your story needs to be that much scarier if you only have a few pages to work with. Overall I think that the story about the kids drowning was my favorite out of this collection. The ocean is already scary enough as is and that just added to the story. Overall, if you are a horror fan then definitely check this collection out!

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I read this in one setting, and while it was a quick read, I didn't enjoy it. I think anthologies by their very nature are hit or miss. This had more misses than hits, unfortunately. I think the fact that this was an adaptation of a book that was already a retelling of well-known urban legends is the issue. I think I prefer Juni Ito originals. I know this is an older work as most of the books released in the West have been as of late, but not everything the man has done needs to be translated. Viz risks diluting his brand. I don't feel like it was well-paced or fleshed out. Some of the stories were barely blips while the others had very unsatisfying endings. Other than his art, which is always one of the main attractions, this was deeply disappointing.

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