I have known the name Junji Ito for many, many years, but was never exposed to his work. Last year, I decided to pick up Uzumaki and was heavily impressed with the art and just how detailed the writing was. I have been a passing fan of manga for the better part of my life, but Uzumaki really showed how the writing and art can breath when given the proper love and care. I have been wanting to read Gyo and finally ponied up and picked it up.
Having finished it last night, I had many of the same emotions when reading Gyo as I did Uzumaki. Ito is wonderful in his ability to craft disgusting and gorgeous stories that seem to border on asinine, but still feel real enough to increase my heart-rate. Obsession seems to be a common theme in his writing and it is in full-effect in Gyo. While I found some parts to be a little too off-kilter for my liking, in the end I finished the book and know I will read through it again sooner than later. The bonus stories are interesting, but more than anything, bonus stories.
If you're new to Junji Ito's work, definitely grab Uzumaki first. If you are looking to complement your collection, Gyo is fantastic. Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to grab Tomie as well!
- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: VIZ Media LLC; Deluxe edition (21 April 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1421579154
- ISBN-13: 978-1421579153
- Product Dimensions: 21 x 3.3 x 14.6 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 703 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)