ARC Reviews: Venus in the Blind Spot by Junji Ito and Remina by Junji Ito

So sorry about the disjointed posting lately. I started my new job this week and have been busy with that and keeping up with my daughter’s hybrid school schedule.

I do want you all to know that just because October is ending doesn’t mean the horror reviews are. Oh no. Expect another installment of Women in Horror as well 🙂

Today I have for you two new mangas from one of mt favorite mangakas, Junji Ito. You may remember that last October I reviewed Uzumaki which I believe has an anime coming out next year on Adult Swim.

As of late it seems like we are getting a lot of Ito manga and I am so happy about it.

Venus in the Blind Spot

Venus in the Blind Spot is an ARC I received from Netgalley and it is a collection of short stories.

Classic Junji, the stories are weird. And disturbing. But really, REALLY weird.
I never look for a bright side in his stories because more often than not there isn’t any and that to me reflects life. His stories just often border on the absolute obscene and that’s what I love. I mean I want to be scared, I don’t want to be scarred. Therapy once a week is enough thank you.


If I had to choose a favorite short in this collection it have to be The Enigma of Amigara Fault. I had heard a lot about this one and it lived up to my expectations. It’s creepy, nuts, and it made my claustrophobia flare right up.


Last Christmas I mainly asked for books (duh) and of course Junji Ito was at the top of the list. I don’t see this Christmas as being any different.


Next we have Remina. This is a singular story but it packs the punch of many

Remina

Remina.

If I were to chance upon a wandering star in the sky I would bestow it with a name of someone cherished and beloved. Sought after, celebrated, known.

But enchantment often twists and becomes distorted. Love becomes infatuation and it takes so little for it to reveal its true nature.

Danger.

In this short fiction manga Junji Ito mixes horror and sci-fi in the way that he knows best.
The first scene opens with our protagonist, Remina, tied to a stake crucifixion style. The implication is clear. She is meant to be sacrificed for the greater good, but why and for what?

Ah, and that’s where you’ll have to put your finger pad on and flip those pages.

Brief summary however:

Remina is a star that has destroyed all in her path and is now hurtling towards the earth threatening to do the same. The citizens have become crazed at their imminent doom and decide there is only one way to stop this. That’s right. They must sacrifice the real Remina to save them all. Madness , mob mentality, armageddon equals complete horror.

This is Junji Ito at his best. A horrific situation full of monsters we know and are ourselves. Humans. He shows us again and again how damning humanity can be and as darkly beautiful his gore slicked artwork gets that point across its more so his words that bring it home.

I tend to avoid apocalyptic books and the like because my anxiety can’t handle it but I just can’t say no to my favorite mangaka.

Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for an exchange of this ARC in return of an honest and fair review. All opinions are my own.

Thank you all for reading my long and winded reviews 🙂

If I don’t post before it’s over Happy Halloween!!

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