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Mimi's Tales of Terror

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Ito’s artwork is always amazing, but many of the stories were less than awesome. I know they’re adapted from another work, but they really needed better endings.

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Not the scariest collection from Junji Ito, but still very enjoyable and creepy! The illustrations really help make the story, and I liked that most of the stories follow the same character. I also like the mystery behind these stories; for a lot of them, we never know why these things are happening, but it’s still interesting.

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I am honestly not impressed with this particular collection of horror stories. While some of them show great potential, there is a habit of stopping in the middle of or immediately following the climax of the story, leaving the reader feeling as if they're missing out on anything resembling a resolution. While I understand that many things cannot be resolved, or are also resolved in a messy way, the way Ito goes about this leaves one with a sense of having missed something. I've been a fan of the artist for a long while, now, but more and more it feels like these tales are unfinished and many are less and less interesting.

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Don't read Mimi's Tales of Terror expecting Junji Ito's normal storytelling structure. This book is a collection of Japanese urban legends that Ito lovingly and disturbingly illustrates. There are no real common threads, no real order, and often, no real plot. Think less Uzumaki and more Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.

Even with this caveat... it's really good. The stories are well-presented, their varied length makes it hard to predict how close you are to the end of the current tale, and (of course) the illustrations rule.

All-in-all, go into it with an open-mind and enjoy the book!

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Thank you Netgalley and Viz Media for the ARC! Mimi's Tales of Terror is a reprint (first US release) of the Junji Ito adaptation of the orginal work, Shin Mimibukuro, though Ito admits to taking several liberties with the sourcework. In this adaptation, we follow Mimi as she enounters several spiritual entities with some of the stories being more disturbing than others but all told with the distinctive art stylings of Junji Ito. This compilation features a bonus story, Monster Prop, that takes place outside of Mimi's tales featuring a different protagonist. Mimi's Tales of Terror is sure to please new and old fans of Ito who are seeking some horror this spooky season!

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I received a free ARC from VIZ Media via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This early Ito reprint is his classic creepy art style we know so well. Mimi’s stories are both and short and long and remind me of a Japanese manga version of “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.” Some silly, some creepy. I liked the addition of “Monster Prop” at the end. It may have been my favorite. Totally worth the read.

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Junji Ito just never misses the mark. I’m so happy he’s putting things out more quickly. This is another great horror read just suggest to friends who love the genre in manga as much as I do!

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The horror master is back with a Mimi short story collection. A collection that’ll make you uneasy as if someone is watching you.

After reading Soichi, I wasn’t sure what to expect because that one did let me down a bit. I had high hopes for this one and it certainly delivered.

If you’re wanting stories that’ll raise the hair on your neck or ones that’ll make you sleep with the lights on then this is the one for you. I loved this volume. This is Ito at his very best.

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Any one who enjoys Ito’s works is going to like this one. His artwork is fantastic as usual, and the collection of short stories gives the art lots of variety. While not as scary as some of his other books, this one is still a great read

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The stories were (mostly) creepy, and the graphic format is the perfect medium for conveying those stories. The tales grew stronger / scarier as I moved through the book, and I finished feeling weighed down by the story gloom. "Just the Two of Us" was particularly affecting.

Mimi and her friends figure throughout the stories; the engagement for me was higher when the friends (and sometimes family) were woven in. In "Scarlet Circle," I particularly enjoyed Naoto sensing Mimi needing help, despite the argument and the distraction from the threatening spirit.

Thanks to NetGalley and VIZ Media for the chance to read the ARC. This is one book that scary-story readers will want to experience! Publication date is scheduled for Oct 24, 2023.

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With much of this being taken from other horror short stories and adapted, I feel like much of the perceived horror of the stories was lost in Ito's translation to the Manga page. While the rendering is, as always, in his standard creepy style, much of the feeling of mysterious horror (that he himself addresses in his author's note) is lost. Not one of my favorites of his, but still some solid work.

My thanks to NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Not my favorite work from Junji Ito. It was underwhelming, especially compared to his other works. Still, the art was nice, as always, and some of the stories were fun to read. The fans of the author will probably be interested in this collection.

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My understanding is that this is basically Junji Ito's mangafication of what is essentially Japan's version of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. The stories are all presented as real thing that happened. Overall, the art is great, as usual, but some of the stories are just too short. The longer stories were really enjoyable but some of them are only a page or two long, and I just wanted more. I would be interested in a second volume if they were to ever make another one.

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** I was given an advanced copy by NetGallery in exchange for an honest review.

A series of short horror stories from the legendary Junji Ito himself, all centered around our protagonist Mimi and the wend happenings all around her. Absolutely loved it, Junji Ito never fails in delivering the horror.

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From what I read this is an adaptation that Junji Ito did of a previously published work with which I am unfamiliar. This was definitely the perfect stories for Junji Ito's style. I very much enjoyed that we stuck with the same characters throughout, as well. I will definitely be adding a hard copy to my collection upon publication.

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Awesome collection of short stories. Weird and creepy like Junji Ito knows how to put forward. Must read!

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Note to self: Don't read a Junji Ito book before bed

I have not read any of Ito's Manga before, but after this one I definitely will be going back and checking the others out as well. This was creepy and spooky in all the best ways and there were a few pages I had to turn my face so I didn't look at the horrifying images too closely. (specifically the pages with a bunch of creepy faces - I felt like they were looking directly through the book and at me.) *shivers*.
I don't know anything about the original tales these are based off of, so I cannot speak to how it did in that regard, but as a manga, it is very well illustrated and written. It was easy to follow, especially considering this was my first manga.

If you need me, I'll be staring at pictures of cute puppies to erase these images from my brain.

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I am going to rate up, but I am giving this one a 3.5 Stars. I have read pretty much all of Ito's work, but this one fell a little short.

College student Mimi (and sometimes her boyfriend Naoto) end up in multiple times of horror in this series of short stories.
It was not as spooky/creepy as most of his work. It was rather tame in regards to Ito's normal stuff. It kind of reminded me of Scary Stories to Read in the Dark. It was really quick, and I normally enjoy his work because it seems more "authentic" I guess? I was really thrown off by what I would considered a Western take on wording in some of the stories. The characters said "ya" a lot, and I do not remember that ever happening in his previous works. I felt like it kind of disrupted the flow of the stories.
As always, the art is great and detailed to match the plot. The stories themselves were interesting. I was sad they were so short and definitely wanted more. If you love Junji Ito, you will still love this Manga; I just think some will be a little disappointed compared to some of his older work.

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An interesting concept, but I found the stories a little underdeveloped. This may be on the lack of depth of the source material. Ito’s art is uniformly great as expected.

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Thanks NetGalley, VIZ Media, and VIZ Media LLC for this arc!

5/5 stars!

I loved this. Reading the authors notes on how these are adaptations of real stories from real people (with Junji Ito confessing to making some creative liberties) really makes me want to find and read the original text! I love spooky stuff! I think this is my favourite of his so far, it's creepy but not gross, eerie but not silly. Fantastic!

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