In an attempt to give Junji Ito a fair shot after not liking , I looked at what manga I could read through Viz Media access. This one seemed like an interesting choice to get a good sampling of Ito’s horror ideas and maybe something would click for me. Venus in the Blind Spot is a collection of ten, short horror stories from the man himself. Some of them are his more infamous on shots like the Human Chair, which is a Ramp Edogawa story, and his The Enigma of the Amigara Fault story featuring an area of land where human shaped holes are drawing people into them. A very Close Encounters of the Third Kind kind of deal.
I can’t help but feel like I shot myself in the foot by choosing this one. None of these stories really clicked for me. Some were just obvious and didn’t have the time of actually making some interesting development. Others just outright told you what was going on and left it at that, like the Human Chair. Very much like “this is certainly a strange thing going on, isn’t it? Yes, yes they are. What else are you trying to say to me? Something tells me a reason why Junji Ito made it big in the west, besides some obvious works that I haven’t read, are that it’s “this is weird and its from Japan” kind of angle? I could be completely wrong about that.
Pushing the nature of the short story aside, it could be the combination of media that didn’t work for me either. I am not a big horror fan beyond Psychological horror, so body and shock horror doesn’t really do much for me by itself. There is also the nature that manga and anime generally are strange in general? So just having strange incidents happen without any sort of meat or characters I can get attach to doesn’t work for me. This is why things like Jujutsu Kaisen, Fullmetal Alchemist, and D Gray Man have clicked with me. I like the cast and I want them to be ok. Venus in the Blind Spot suffers from this. This is why a collection of stories doesn’t work, but maybe it will work for you?
I’m going to give Venus in the Blindspot an ok. There were some eh stories that I enjoyed more then others, some classic stories that reminded me of what I’ve read from English class like TheTell-Tale Heart, and things like that. So there is a lot of potential that is unrealized and maybe the reader can do all of this themselves. The art work is also, like usual, very unique and very pretty to look at and such. I’ve got a way for you to read if it this does sound interesting.
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