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Junji Ito (Japanese: 伊藤 潤二 Hepburn: Itō Junji, born July 31, 1963) is a Japanese horror mangaka. Some of his most notable works include Enigma of Amigara Fault, daily line Tomie, a series chronicling an immortal girl who drives her stricken admirers to madness; Uzumaki, a three-volume series about a town obsessed with spirals; and Gyo, a two-volume story where fish are controlled by a strain of sentient bacteria called "the death stench." His other works are Itou Junji Kyoufu Manga Collection, a collection of different short stories including a series of stories named Souichi's Journal of Delights, and Junji Ito's Cat Diary: Yon & Mu, a self-parody about him and his wife living in a house with two cats. In 2006, Junji married Ishiguro Ayako (石黒亜矢子), a picture book artist. As of 2013, they have two children.
Ito at Lucca Comics & Games 2018
|Born||July 31, 1963|
Gifu Prefecture, Japan
|Occupation||Writer, penciller, inker, manga artist|
Junji Ito was born in the Gifu prefecture of Japan in 1963. He was inspired from a young age by both his older sisters' drawings and the work of Kazuo Umezu. Ito first began writing and drawing manga as a hobby while working as a dental technician in the early 1990s. In 1987, he submitted a short story to Gekkan Halloween that won an honorable mention in the Kazuo Umezu Prize (with Umezu himself as one of the judges). This story was later serialized as Tomie.
In addition to Kazuo Umezu, Ito has cited Hideshi Hino, Shinichi Koga, Yasutaka Tsutsui, and H.P. Lovecraft as being major influences on his work. The universe Ito depicts is cruel and capricious; his characters often find themselves victims of malevolent unnatural circumstances for no discernible reason or punished out of proportion for minor infractions against an unknown and incomprehensible natural order. Some of the recurring themes of Ito's work include body horror, seemingly ordinary characters who begin to act out of irrational compulsion, the breakdown of society, deep-sea organisms, and the inevitability of one's demise.
Film director Guillermo del Toro cited on his official Twitter account that Ito was originally a collaborator for the video game Silent Hills, of which both Del Toro and game designer Hideo Kojima were the main directors; however, a year after its announcement the project was canceled by Konami, the IP's owner.
- The Junji Ito Horror Comic Collection (collects stories from Halloween, ComicsOne, English editions have flipped pages):
- Volume 1 and 2: Tomie (富江) (does not include Tomie: Again, English: 2001, ISBN 978-1-58899-084-6 and ISBN 1-58899-085-0, respectively)
- Volume 3: Flesh-Colored Horror (肉色の怪 Nikuiro no Kai) (English: 2001, ISBN 1-58899-086-9)
- Volume 4: The Face Burglar (顔泥棒)
- Volume 5: Souichi's Diary of Delights (双一の楽しい日記 Souichi no Tanoshi i Nikki)
- Volume 6: Souichi's Diary of Curses (双一の呪い日記)
- Volume 7: Slug Girl (なめくじの少女)
- Volume 8: Blood-bubble Bushes (血玉樹)
- Volume 9: Hallucinations (首幻想)
- Volume 10: House of the Marionettes (あやつりの屋敷)
- Volume 11: The Town Without Streets (道のない街)
- Volume 12: The Bully (いじめっ娘)
- Volume 13: The Circus is Here (サーカスが来た)
- Volume 14: The Story of the Mysterious Tunnel (トンネルの奇譚)
- Volume 15: Lovesick Dead (死びとの恋わずらい)
- Volume 16: Frankenstein (フランケンシュタイン)
- Museum of Terror (恐怖博物館 Kyōfu Hakubutsukan) (collects stories from Halloween in order of publication, Asahi Sonorama, first 3 volumes translated into English by Dark Horse Comics)
- Volume 1 and 2: Tomie (富江) (Volume 2 includes Tomie: Again, Asahi Sonorama, 2002, ISBN 978-4-257-72159-8 and ISBN 978-4-257-72160-4, Dark Horse, 2006, ISBN 978-1-59307-542-2 and ISBN 978-1-59307-612-2, respectively)
- Volume 3: The Long Hair in the Attic (屋根裏の長い髪 Yaneura no nagai kami) (Asahi Sonorama, 2002, ISBN 978-4-257-72164-2, Dark Horse, 2006, ISBN 978-1-59307-639-9)
- Volume 4: Kakashi (案山子) (Asahi Sonorama, 2002, ISBN 978-4-257-72169-7, 2007 ISBN 978-4-02-267008-3)
- Volume 5: Rojiura (路地裏) (Asahi Sonorama, 2002, ISBN 978-4-257-72173-4)
- Volume 6: Sōichi no katte na noroi (双一の勝手な呪い) (Asahi Sonorama, 2002, ISBN 978-4-257-72177-2)
- Volume 7: Umeku haisuikan (うめく配水管) (Asahi Sonorama, 2002, ISBN 978-4-257-72179-6)
- Volume 8: Shirosunamura chitan (白砂村血譚) (Asahi Sonorama, 2002, ISBN 978-4-257-72184-0)
- Volume 9: Oshikiri idan (押切異談&フランケンシュタイン) (Asahi Sonorama, 2002, ISBN 978-4-257-72187-1)
- Volume 10: Shibito no Koi Wazurai (死びとの恋わずらい) (Asahi Sonorama, 2003, ISBN 978-4-257-72191-8)
- Uzumaki (うずまき)
- Gyo (ギョ)
- Junji Ito's Cat Diary: Yon & Mu (猫日記 よん&むー Neko Nikki Yon to Mū)
- Black Paradox (ブラックパラドクス Burakku Paradokusu)
- Hellstar Remina (地獄星レミナ)
- Voices in the Dark (闇の声 Yami no Koe)
- New Voices in the Dark (新・闇の声 潰談 Shin Yami no Koe Kaidan)
- Mimi's Ghost Stories (ミミの怪談 Mimi no Kaidan)
- Rasputin the Patriot (憂国のラスプーチン Yuukoku no Rasputin)
- Dissolving Classroom (溶解教室 Yōkai Kyoushitsu)
- Fragments of Horror
- Smashed (published by VIZ, collection includes Yami no Koe and Shin Yami no Koe Kaidan)
Tomie was adapted into a series of films, beginning in 1999. Several other works of Ito's have subsequently been adapted for film and television:
- The Fearsome Melody – (戦慄の旋律 Senritsu no Senritsu), 1992
- Tomie – (富江 Tomie), 1998
- Tomie: Another Face – (富江:アナザフェイス Tomie: Anaza Feisu), 1999
- Tomie: Replay – ( 富江:re-play Tomie: re-play), 2000
- Uzumaki – (うずまき Uzumaki), 2000
- Gravemarker Town – (墓標の町 Bohyou no Machi), 2000
- The Face Burglar- (顔泥棒 Kao Dorobou), 2000
- The Hanging Balloons – (首吊り気球 Kubitsuri no Kikyuu), 2000
- Long Dream – (長い夢 Nagai Yume), 2000
- Oshikiri – (押切 Oshikiri), 2000
- Kakashi – (案山子 Kakashi), 2001
- Lovesick Dead (also known as Love Ghost) – (死びとの恋わずらい Shibito no Koiwazurai), 2001
- Tomie: Re-birth – (富江:Rebirth Tomie: Rebirth), 2001
- Tomie: The Final Chapter – Forbidden Fruit – (富江 最終章 ?禁断の果実 Tomie: Saishuu-sh? – Kindan no Kajitsu), 2002
- Marronnier – (マロニエ Marronnier), 2002
- The Groaning Drain – (うめく排水管), 2004
- Tomie: Beginning, 2005
- Tomie: Revenge, 2005
- Tomie vs Tomie, 2007
- Tomie Unlimited, 2011
- Gyo: Tokyo Fish Attack, 2012
- Junji Ito Collection, 2018
- Uzumaki, 2020
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- "Junji Ito (伊藤潤二) Information". junjiito.mutagene.net. Retrieved August 20, 2010.
- Ito, Junji (October 16, 2007) . Uzumaki: Spiral into Horror, Vol. 1 (2nd ed.). Viz Media. p. 207. ISBN 978-1-4215-1389-8.
- Iwane, Akiko (October 1998). "The Junji Ito Interview: A conversation with the creator of Uzumaki". Davinch. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
- Urasawa Naoki no Manben: Itō Junji (S4E2, 2017), NHK Educational TV
- Thacker, Eugene (January 30, 2016). "Black illumination: the unhuman world of Junji Ito". The Japan Times. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
- McWhertor, Michael (September 27, 2015). "Silent Hills had another awesome creative talent: horror manga master Junji Ito". Polygon. Vox Media. Retrieved September 27, 2015.
- "Eisner Awards: The Complete Winners List". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 22, 2019.
- Kyōfu Hakubutsukan at WorldCat
- Museum of Terror at Dark Horse Comics
- Hodgkins, Crystalyn (February 13, 2016). "Vertical Licenses Blame!, Dissolving Classroom, Immortal Hounds Manga". Anime News Network. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
- Fantasista (February 22, 2018). "The Horrifyingly Beautiful Junji Itō : Collection Exhibit at ACG_Labo - Manga Planet". Manga Planet. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
- Junji Ito at Anime News Network's encyclopedia
- Junji Ito on IMDb
- English Fansite
- September 2007 Video Interview with Junji Ito
- Into the Spiral: A Conversation with Japanese Horror Maestro Junji Ito, 78 Magazine, February–March 2006
- 13 Extremely Disturbing Junji Ito Panels
- The Horrifyingly Beautiful Junji Itō : Collection Exhibit at ACG_Labo