Tombs: Junji Ito Story Collection: A Descent Into The Nightmarish Realm Known As Horror


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The latest review finds us stepping into the dark depths of the unknown, a realm filled with uncertainty and a world of horror. If there is one thing I can say about Junji-Ito, he is incredible at crafting a horrific tale. TOMBS: Junji Ito Collection is another collection of stories worth checking out.

Countless tombstones stand in rows, forming what appears to be a town. What does fate hold for a brother and sister after a traffic accident in a town of the dead? Meanwhile, a girl has fallen silent after her tongue has transformed into a slug! Can her friend save her? Then, a young man and his family move into a home next to a house with only one window, one night, he finds that it is home to a grotesque neighbor that calls on him at his window. What does the neighbor want?


When it comes to Junji Ito, I am familiar with his work but still a new reader in terms of his rendition of horror. Amid the current environment due to financial hardship, getting out of a pandemic known as COVID served as a way of escapism for many readers. It is incredible to read something so twisted and yet creative in terms of the macabre, collecting nine stories for one thrilling experience.

This lovely collection contains nine horrific tales, each filled with different variations of creepy situations. Several stories in this collection have been adapted from recent Junji Ito Anime. Keep in mind that each description will include a reference to the anime.

  1. TOMBS– The Basic Elements of a Good Horror Story, a tragedy, and a small town with a supernatural twist. (Featured In Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre.)
  2. Clubhouse– A Fun Ghost Story with a lesson in why you shouldn’t hang out in a haunted house!
  3. Slug Girl– A New meaning to Body Horror, this is not a tale for those who have Molluscophobia. (Featured in Junji Ito Collection)
  4. The Window Next Door– Stranger Danger Personified. (Featured in Junji Ito Collection)
  5. Washed Ashore– Curiosity about a washed-up creature on a distant shore leads to a Horrific Discovery. (Featured in Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre.)
  6. The Strange Tale of the Tunnel– A sad tale involving an old abandoned railroad tunnel with an unexpected twist. (Also featured in Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre. And Junji Ito himself shared his thoughts on the tale, and the animated adaption.)
  7. The Bronze Statue A Horrifying Lesson on the toll of Avarice.
  8. Floaters– A strange and terrifying tale involving the price of eavesdropping and gossip. (One of my favorite stories in this collection.)
  9. The Bloody Story of Shirosuna A Doctor arrives in a Small Town that hides a terrible, dark secret.
Junji Ito Collection Slug Girl ACRYL FigureThe Junji Ito Collection Slug Girl ACRYL Figure is an all-out as-salt on tastefulness. Inspired by the Slug Girl storyline and made to mimic a manga panel, its perfect for fans of Junji Ito and figure collectors everywhere.

Overall, each horrifying story contains well-drawn expressions and detailed backgrounds. The artwork is another great quality of this collected edition, truly an item worthy of any Junji Ito fan and a fan of Horror and Suspense. TOMBS: Junji Ito Collection will be available to buy on March 28th, 2023. Be sure to preorder your copy today!

Final Grade:

Rating: 9.5 out of 10.

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