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A new serial that appeared recentlyin Comic Flapper. The first two episodes were only four pages long and were excluded from the compilation (no loss). On the whole, I think that these comics represent some of Junji Ito's weaker efforts; while the drawing is consistently good, the stories themselves seem like typical campfire ghost stories and they lack the punch and surreal existential terror that Ito's better works inspire. The best story of the compilation is probably "The Scarlet Circle", about the discovery of a strange room beneath the family home that has a strange growing red mark on one of its walls, but that story as well has an arbitrary and unsatisfying (happy) conclusion that prevents it from joining Ito's classics. It's worth noting that the comics were created as a collaboration between Junji Ito and occult researcher Nakayama Ichiro. More information about the comic can be found in this interview from Da Vinci magazine.
Consists of the following short stories:
1. The Woman Next Door
2. Sound of Grass
4. The Seashore
5. Just the Two of Us
6. The Scarlet Circle
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