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Phantasm Japan: Fantasies Light and Dark, From and About Japan

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  90 ratings  ·  18 reviews
From the editors of the acclaimed science fiction anthology The Future Is Japanese comes Phantasm Japan, which collects new stories—from the best Western and Japanese fantasists—that explore new worlds, ancient worlds, and this world.
Paperback, 340 pages
Published September 16th 2014 by Haikasoru
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Diverse, surprising (which shouldn't be surprising in itself ;) and highly recommended--I'd say more than The Future is Japanese.

In my reading notes below, I've boldfaced the stories that took my breath away:
Dec 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014, fantasy, horror
When I was contacted about reviewing Phantasm Japan by its editor, Nick Mamatas, I was excited, because the anthology's premise — bringing stories about Japan and/or by Japanese writers to a broader public — sounded really good and I'm always interested in broadening my cultural scope so to speak. So I'm a little sad to report I was somewhat disappointed by this collection of stories. To be fair, this may be because it turns out I'm not the best reader for these stories that have a specific aest ...more
3 1/2 stars. Probably the best of the 3 Haiksoru anthologies I've read so far.

Like all the other Haiksoru anthologies I've read, this is a pretty mixed bag with some very weak, amateurish work bracketed by a few outstanding stories. The variable quality can get tiresome, but Dempow Torishima's 'Sisyphean' is probably the weirdest thing I've read in ages (maybe since encountering Michel Bernanos The Other Side of the Mountain in the VanderMeer's The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Storie
Nov 20, 2016 rated it liked it
This is a collection of fantasy stories, about half written by Japanese authors and translated, and about half written in English that just happen to involve some aspect of Japanese culture or mythology.

This is the same deal as The Future is Japanese: Science Fiction Futures and Brand New Fantasies from and about Japan., but at least this time, I'm not expecting more from it, so it's not as disappointing. I still wish it was mostly a collection of stories in translation, but I had to make my pea
Alexander Páez
Aug 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Antología muy irregular, con un inicio accidentado pero que se recupera gracias a algunos relatos espectaculares y por los cuales vale la pena adentrarse en la antología.
Jun 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It was a good mix of stories. I enjoyed them.
Boy Blue
Oct 31, 2020 rated it liked it
I came for Zachary Mason. unfortunately his micro fiction is scattered through this book and collectively only amounts to about 12 pages in 5 Japanese variants of his ancient myth retellings. He really has mastered the conversion of ancient myth to modern prose. 

Beyond Mason I wasn't taken by many of the stories. Two notable exceptions. The first was The Street of Fruiting Body by Sayuri Ueda. A fungal pandemic story which like much fiction written about pandemics has become more poignant in the
Feb 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I guess the good and bad thing about anthologies is that not every story is your cup of tea.
Let's start with what I liked! Those Who Hunt Monster Hunters was a good story, as was From the Nothing, With Love (which was such a brilliant take on the spy who loved all of us *hint*). I also enjoyed Scissors or Claws and Holes, which was suitably and subtly creepy, especially how it's written. Another creepy (therefore good) story was Girl, I Love You, as was The Street of Fruiting Bodies. Creepy bord
Luana Moreno
Apr 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
As with any collection, it has it's ups and downs. But overall quite my cup of tea ...more
V.S. Nelson
Nov 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Some interesting stories, but ultimately ruined by Sisyphean, which was just bloody nonsense.
Claudine Munoz
May 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
There are stories in the book that I love and there are some that too hard for me to finish, maybe because I just did not understand their peculiarity. Still interesting though.
Mar 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: library
The shortest stories in the bunch were the best.
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Pearse Anderson
Well, I didn't quite finish this. I was in the middle of Sisyphean and realized that the only point of reading more would be to tell myself that I finished it. And if that's the only thing keeping you going you should probably stop. So I did. This was such a mixed collection. On one hand there were some great stories, like Scissors or Claws, and Holes and The Street of Fruiting Bodies, but so much else was terrible. Stories that fell out of place, were so full of abstractions I didn't understand ...more
Sep 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: anthology
I enjoyed this collection, however it was a bit more hit and miss for my personal tastes than the previous one in the same series. Some stories I really enjoyed and then others didn't resonate with me.

The highlights were:

'Scissors or Claws, and Holes' by Yusaku Kitano
'Girl, I Love You' by Nadia Bulkin
'From the Nothing, With Love' by Project Itoh
'Those Who Hunt Monster Hunters' by Tim Pratt
'The Street of Fruiting Bodies' by Sayuri Ueda
'Chiyoko' by Miyuki Miyabe
Aug 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
An unusual collection of stories ranging from traditional story through to science fiction to weird tales. I found something to admire in nearly all of them, although the longest story - Sisyphean - required too much mental work and just went over my head in the end. Stand outs for me were Girl, I love you, He dreads the cold, From the nothing with love, and the Street of Fruiting Bodies.
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Nick Mamatas is the author of the Lovecraftian Beat road novel Move Under Ground, which was nominated for both the Bram Stoker and International Horror Guild awards, the Civil War ghost story Northern Gothic, also a Stoker nominee, the suburban nighmare novel Under My Roof, and over thirty short stories and hundreds of articles (some of which were collected in 3000 Miles Per Hour in Every Directio ...more

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