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Mimi's Tales of Terror

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An interesting short story collection by Junji Ito but I think I prefer his collections that have different main characters for each story. There wasn't really anything different or dynamic about the character of Mimi so it didn't really feel like the collection needed to revolve around her. His previous release Soichi was a good example of dynamic main character that you follow throughout multiple stories because he's such a character and each story adds to his lore. However, that wasn't the same with this collection. The stories themselves were pretty interesting, though. Hard for Junji Ito to disappoint.

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An adaptation of a collection of urban legends, this may feel like a "lesser" Ito anthology, but it isn't. It isn't, perhaps, as scary on the whole, but the book is still very interesting in the variety of stories and the fact that no two are the same length also makes the volume interesting. The levels of fear also fluctuate, which can make this look a bit like Ito Lite, though I'd argue that also makes it a pretty good introduction to him as a creator. A solid book overall.

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I always enjoy Junji Ito's work, and this collection of short stories is no different! I love how some were sillier, and some were weirder, and some were just genuinely scary - there's definitely an urban legend vibe to a lot of these, and I think the fact that some of them genuinely have no explanation as to why the events are occurring makes them even more frightening. I liked that their length varied also and that they weren't connected, aside from the very loose frame narrative regarding Mimi and her friends - readers with shorter attention spans could pick and choose which stories to read without necessarily losing much, if anything. And, as always, the art is incredible. Junji Ito never misses. I'm also interested in the original text! It seems kind of like a Japanese version of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, if I'm understand the author's notes correctly? Definitely something to look into.

Thank you to Viz Media and Netgalley for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review!

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Thank you to NetGalley and Viz Media for my arc in exchange for my honest opinion.

"Mimi's Tales of Terror" is such classic Ito. I loved the mix of more silly short spooky stories with longer form horror stories. As always, the art is just fantastic and works so well with illustrating the stories but the stories themselves were fun and provided some fun spooky summer vibes. I don't have a lot to say about this unfortunately! If you love Junji and/or just want something fun and short to read, I recommend this!

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As always, the artwork of Ito is captivating with haunting details. It was fun to learn that this was an adaptation of another work with strange tales that may be true? In the vein of urban legends, I can imagine that students would definitely enjoy this collection of short tales that are scary and often ending with a bit of mystery. Do you know what really happened? Was it real?

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Thank you to Netgalley for the ARC!

Junji Ito is always a classic! The art is an obvious standout, and the stories work really well as well. A great addition to Ito's collection of short stories.

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Really great horror manga of several different stories. A bit graphic, which is to be expected. I did notice a few grammatical errors in the translation: they used “ya” instead of you, for example. But that did not take away from my enjoyment of the manga.

Thank you to NetGalley, the authors, and the publisher for sending me this ARC. My review was not influenced by receiving an ARC.

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I really loved the brevity of the ideas and how they are never concluded or explained. The creep factor is excellent.

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