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Tomie Kawakami is a femme fatale with long black hair and a beauty mark just under her left eye. She can seduce nearly any man, and drive them to murder as well, even though the victim is often Tomie herself. While one lover seeks to keep her for himself, another grows terrified of the immortal succubus. But soon they realize that no matter how many times they kill her, th ...more
Hardcover, Complete Deluxe Edition, 752 pages
Published December 20th 2016 by VIZ Media (first published 1987)
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Danny Montgomery The stories in each book are 100% not related in any way so your good to start where you want.
I read Tomie first and then Gyo and now I am halfway th…more
The stories in each book are 100% not related in any way so your good to start where you want.
I read Tomie first and then Gyo and now I am halfway through Uzumaki right now.
I think Uzumaki might end up winning out as my favorite, but I am not disappointed I started out with Tomie. Gyo is excellent, but it is repulsive. If that not something you want then it might be best to dip your toes in a different spot first.(less)

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Kat
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
let’s break it down woot woot

good:
- almost 800 pgs of junji ito’s artwork?? i mean, what a lovely treat for my eyeballs
- spicy commentary on the effects of societal beauty standards

bad? how dare i have anything negative to say, i KNOW:
- it felt repetitive...story after story of unsuspecting ppl being affected by tomie, ending in her or their death (not even like fun death. just a lot of stabbing and dismembering, booooOring)
- i wish there had been more body horror involved. the bio horror that
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Tim
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, horror, manga


Beauty...



... is in the eye of the beholder.

I've often said that books are more disturbing to me than films, as I can imagine much worse than a film is going to show me (most of the films that truly get under my skin are things like The Haunting (1963) where you don't actually see anything). With the proper writing and descriptions, I can unnerve myself more than a film ever could... Junji Ito seems to exist just to hear statements like that, ask angrily "You can imagine worse than I can show
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Emm C²
I love this series, which is both a surrealist, fever-dream horror and a dark commentary on social perceptions of beauty and ugliness, in both personality and looks, as well as human destructiveness. Well, if you want to psychoanalyze.
Tomie is a horror - biological scifi series of related short stories, focused on an immortal woman who has such beauty that it drives people to jealous extremes, with a maddening personality to match. Any attempt to get rid of her will just cause her to bio-regener
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Jedi JC Daquis
Dec 31, 2016 rated it liked it
Just in case you have missed it, Viz Media released three compendiums of Junji Ito's works: Gyo, Uzumaki, and the newest one, Tomie.

Viz Media

Viz Media's Tomie compiles Ito's 14-year work in this beautifully bound tome of horror. To give you a background about this episodic manga's main character, just remember these four things about her:

1. Tomie can seduce about any man she meets. These men will do anything just to get her.
2. These men will ultimately want to kill her, often times chop her to bits.
3. Bu
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Quentin
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
I quite enjoyed Uzumaki, Junji Ito's strange and terrifying epic of a town infested with and ultimately consumed by spirals. It was weird, and beautifully rendered, and even translated into English, beautifully written. Tomie is as strange and gorgeous, but I was so bothered by its implications that I can't recommend it as emphatically.

This story focuses on a girl, named Tomie, who entrances any man that she meets and ultimately works them into such a frenzy that they kill her and dismember her
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Michael Sorbello
Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Tomie is a lovecraftian monstrosity trapped in the body of a stunningly beautiful girl. She can seduce nearly any man with nothing but a single glance, driving them mad with lust and envy until eventually pushing them to commit brutal murders. Though strangely enough, the victim of the murders are almost always Tomie herself. Countless men and women have fallen victim to Tomie's supernatural charms and Tomie herself has fallen victim to hundreds of atrocities as a result, but soon the world begi ...more
Mindi
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is only my second manga, and it's also my second by Ito. My introduction to manga was with UZUMAKI, and I think that set the bar too high. I'm worried it's all going to be downhill from here. That's a joke, I know there is so much amazing manga in the world, but I honestly can't believe that I read such an amazing one first.

TOMIE has all of the stunning artwork of UZUMAKI, but I just didn't quite love the story as much. It's good, but it's also a bit flawed. This is a large compilation, and
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Matthew Hernandez
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Tomie is a mixed bag for me it has both good and bad parts to the story, but I am thoroughly impressed by Ito's genius, creativity, and overall style that is uniquely his own. By far, Uzumaki is his masterpiece novel that I love with all my heart. Tomie and Gyo are just impressive in their own unique ways. I will read anything and everything that Junji Ito will create out into this world.
Sierra
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
I have a problem with this narrative of the femme fatale being portrayed as a bitch who drives men to violence; as a monster who broke their hearts. Tomie is objectified throughout this book and there is no character development. In fact, she hardly even feels like a character. Tomie is a reflection on what the author hates in all woman and a justification for violence against them. At the end the reader knows nothing about Tomie or what motivates her. In addition, some of her cruelty doesn't ma ...more
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
Junji Ito's work is pretty hit or miss for me — I feel like I usually love or hate it — and this was, sadly, the biggest "miss" thus far. I just couldn't get into this at all and didn't feel like it carried Ito's usual brand of bizarro, gross horror that I get so intrigued by.
Jenny Lawson
Oct 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Some of the best in body horror.
Chris Greensmith
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: junji-ito
"She called herself Tomie. She was young, and beautiful." Not as good as his other works. I felt it was very repetitive, Tomie pops up in some way and people either try to kill her or go mental. The art was creepy, but doesn't have the edge that Uzumaki or Gyo had. But still a good read, even if it did drag a bit...
Isabela Vilella
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lesson learned: life is hard as an immortal succubus (already knew that from personal experience). Take advantage of your talent to charm men before they eventually mutilate you.
Blair
‘Painter’ was one of my favourites from the collection Shiver, and I’d wanted to read more about its central character, Tomie, ever since. Tomie is a beautiful girl who sparks mania in almost everyone she meets: first comes intense attachment, then the desire to murder her. She’s also an indestructible monster who can create infinite copies of herself. Tomie collects three volumes of manga, 20 stories in total.

There are lots of ways to read Tomie. Some argue the stories’ focus on repeated violen
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Armand
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
The primordial archetypes of Sex and Death meld together to concoct the perfect femme fatale in Tomie. No siren can be deadlier: she lures men by corrupting their most primal instincts - to copulate and to kill - and fuses them into a heady melange calculated to destroy them from the inside. Insidious, merciless, and voracious - she will stop at nothing to get her claws on her target. And once she has cornered her prey she sheds her visage to reveal her true self, in all the myriad monstrous glo ...more
Scott
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
Tomie, the mysterious girl with the birthmark and the hypnotic voice. The voice that can make you do anything. Make you fall madly in love with her. Make you obsessed to the point of murder.

But Tomie will not die.

This volume collects all twenty chapters of Junji Ito's surreal horror comic. Most of the stories are self-contained, but there are a few that have connections to others, including the multi-part finale. Considering Tomie's M.O. is pretty much the same from one to the next, it's remarka
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Rue
Apr 09, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, manga
A series of short stories about the entity 'Tomie' (I say 'entity', because she is most definitely not human).
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Ito Junji manages to recycle the same plot, but add, twist and distort it so as to keep it relatively enjoyable throughout. However, it is somewhat forgettable (once you've read one, you've read them all), and is redeemed mainly by the art and concept.
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The story centres around one beautiful girl named, well, Tomie, who takes a mean grip of mens' hearts and subverts them to do any and eve
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Rituraj Kashyap
Tomie is a beautiful girl. Men obsess over her, to the point that they kill for her. But with this obsession comes an urge to chop her to pieces. And after they kill her, from every chopped part grows a new Tomie. So you could say she's like a lizard's tail, only here it's the tail from which the same lizard grows back.

The book is divided into chapters, each a self-contained story barring a few. With each chapter, the reader will find new ways by which Tomie regenerates. There's even a chapter w
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L. McCoy
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of strange horror.
This is the weirdest thing I’ve ever read. I like it.

What’s it about?
There’s a girl named Tomie. She’s a beautiful young woman and guys end up getting obsessed over her. They get so obsessed that despite falling in love they get unstoppable urges to chop her up! Wait, what?
The thing is she always comes back to life somehow and multiplying herself in disturbing ways. In this collection of short stories that all tie in to one bigger story, we find out if there’s any way this sadistic monster girl
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Orrin Grey
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga, comics
While Uzumaki is probably Junji Ito's masterpiece to date, and while I don't really like the Tomie stories as much as much of his other work, it's still hard to deny that Tomie may be his most enduring creation, and not just because she's been around the longest. Tomie is clearly a metaphor, though what for seems much harder to pin down, and changeable from one story to another. While books like Uzumaki and Gyo have a broader vision--even if Uzumaki goes through a series of vignettes and cul-de- ...more
Jack
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, manga
Junji Ito, the Japanese master of horror did not disappoint. We have a young girl who allures men with her beauty, then they savagely kill her... Like a siren who lures sailors to their death, but instead the sailors are the ones doing the killing. However, every time they thought they killed her more "copies" of her would rise up from the corpse and become to seek out their next victim. This idea is carried out through most chapters, not going to lie the idea became a bit dry and repetitive.

I
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Spencer
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
This huge volume collects all the chapters of Tomie, a tale about a mysterious girl that attracts violence and creates various horrors, sometimes even unwittingly. The stories are strange and surprisingly varied, Junji Ito's imagination is a dark and impressive thing! Much the same as his art which is simply amazing and actually improves as the book progresses. I'd recommend this to manga and horror fans alike, the book might be a bit pricey but it's well worth it!
Derek Royal
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
These are early stories from Ito, a little rougher (both art and especially story) than you'll find in Uzimaki and Gyo. Would I call this a short-story cycle? In a way, yes, but the stories hang together in a way where there's not much progression of character, setting, or context. Some of the stories, especially the ones that are more overtly interconnected, stand out among the rest.
Hannah Garden
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Tomiiiiiie!

OK.

So.

Tomie.

So the first part of the premise of this book is . . . I donno, kinda flatly woman-hating, I guess: there's this crazy beautiful thin-long-limbed big-eyed tiny-skirted anime-dream teen, Tomie, who, because she is too beautiful and too selfish (i.e., she doesn't care about other people's feelings), is murdered and dismembered by her married teacher with whom she has been having an affair and her jealous resentful classmates while out on a field trip.

Right? Pretty dismal
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Rusty Grey
3.5 stars
Am Y
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
I guess you can't talk about Junji Ito without mentioning Tomie, which is why I checked this out. There are a total of 3 volumes in this series, each with ~6-8 chapters (that are also short stories which can be read independently), all of which star Tomie, the title character who's a mysterious and devastatingly beautiful young woman with some kind of otherworldly power over men. They claim to love her, yet the height of that love always means killing and dismembering her, after which she never ...more
Karissa
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the third manga collection I have read by Ito. This was a pretty good collection of horror manga stories involving Tomie. I thought the stories got a bit repetitive; this would probably be better if you read one story at a time rather than reading the whole volume at once.

This really wasn't a cohesive large story but rather a collection of shorter stories featuring the immortal and regenerative Tomie who tempts men into killing her while destroying their lives. It was very gory and was w
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Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
May 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga, horror
2.5 Stars
I love usually love Junji Ito's work, but the collected work of Tomie was too long and repetitive. There were some great storieslike Hair, Babysitter and Boy, but there were too many stories that I didn't like at all. I appreciate the bizarre and grotesque artwork, but this was a chore to read.
Boston
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019
4.5 stars
Cat (cat-thecatlady)
this wasn't exactly what I was expecting.

I thought it would be more of a story with a beginning, middle and ending but it's rather a collection of tales, making tomie seem almost like a folklore story or a tall tale. although there is some sort of narrative sense, most of the stories/chapters end up feeling very repetitive.

it's also really really cool to see the evolution of junji ito's drawings and how it escalates to the craziness we so know him for.

tomie was my first junji ito book and eve
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