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Junji Ito
Junji Ito - Lucca Comics & Games 2018 02.jpg
Native name
伊藤 潤二
Born (1963-07-31) July 31, 1963 (age 56)
OccupationWriter, penciller, inker, manga artist
Notable work

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.[1]


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[2] 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.[3] 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).[4] This story was later serialized as Tomie.[5]

In addition to Kazuo Umezu, Ito has cited Hideshi Hino, Shinichi Koga [ja], Yasutaka Tsutsui, and H.P. Lovecraft as being major influences on his work.[3] 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.[6] 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.[7] Ito and Del Toro would later lend their likenesses to Kojima's next project, Death Stranding. [8]

In 2019, Ito received an Eisner Award for his manga adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.[9]

Original cover for Uzumaki #1.



  • 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,[10] first 3 volumes translated into English by Dark Horse Comics[11])
  • 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)[12]
  • Fragments of Horror
  • Shiver
  • Frankenstein
  • 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:


  1. ^ Nomura, Chie (January 9, 2012). "ホラー漫画家・伊藤潤二先生インタビュー / 人気作品『富江』『うずまき』を生んだ奇才" [Horror cartoonist / Professor Junji Ito interview / popular work "Tomie" "Uzumaki"]. RocketNews24.com (in Japanese). Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  2. ^ "Junji Ito (伊藤潤二) Information". junjiito.mutagene.net. Retrieved August 20, 2010.
  3. ^ a b Ito, Junji (October 16, 2007) [1998]. Uzumaki: Spiral into Horror, Vol. 1 (2nd ed.). Viz Media. p. 207. ISBN 978-1-4215-1389-8.
  4. ^ Iwane, Akiko (October 1998). "The Junji Ito Interview: A conversation with the creator of Uzumaki". Davinch. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  5. ^ Urasawa Naoki no Manben: Itō Junji (S4E2, 2017), NHK Educational TV
  6. ^ Thacker, Eugene (January 30, 2016). "Black illumination: the unhuman world of Junji Ito". The Japan Times. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  7. ^ McWhertor, Michael (September 27, 2015). "Silent Hills had another awesome creative talent: horror manga master Junji Ito". Polygon. Vox Media. Retrieved September 27, 2015.
  8. ^ "Every Death Stranding Cameo in the game and where to find them". GamesRadar. November 12, 2019. Retrieved November 18, 2019.
  9. ^ "Eisner Awards: The Complete Winners List". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 22, 2019.
  10. ^ Kyōfu Hakubutsukan at WorldCat
  11. ^ Museum of Terror at Dark Horse Comics
  12. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (February 13, 2016). "Vertical Licenses Blame!, Dissolving Classroom, Immortal Hounds Manga". Anime News Network. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  13. ^ Fantasista (February 22, 2018). "The Horrifyingly Beautiful Junji Itō : Collection Exhibit at ACG_Labo - Manga Planet". Manga Planet. Retrieved February 20, 2019.

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