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Frankenstein

(Junji Ito Masterpiece Collection #10)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  2,823 ratings  ·  362 reviews
Junji Ito meets Mary Shelley!

The master of horror manga bends all his skill into bringing the anguished and solitary monster — and the fouler beast who created him — to life with the brilliantly detailed chiaroscuro for which he is known.

Also included are six tales of Oshikiri — a high school student who lives in a decaying mansion connected to a haunted parallel world. Un
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Paperback, 192 pages
Published August 31st 2016 by ECC (first published January 1999)
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David Schaafsma
Frankenstein collects horror manga-ka Ito's adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, a series of short stories about a school boy, Oshikiri, who keeps getting into various creepy situations, and a bunch of one-off short-shorts at the very end, including one in tribute to Ito’s dog.

The Frankenstein story is the longest one, and it’s a (too) faithful adaptation of Mary Shelley's original. It turns out to be rather flat, compared to Ito’s own original work, and less than scary. Shelley’s story we
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The Artisan Geek
16/7/20
This was great! I haven't read Frankenstein myself (yet), but regardless of that, I really enjoyed the story. There is something about Ito's work that has me both at times laughing and disgusted at the same time. I think it's the sharp contrast between the lack of personality in his characters and the horror he displays -- it just works perfectly! I was also pleasantly surprised to see that half of this book comprised of his short manga stories :)

16/7/20
Slowly but steadily working on comp
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Emm C²
What, did you think there was actually a chance this would suck? Ha! This is the reigning god-emperor of visual monstrosity we're talking about here. Junji Ito could just draw nothing but shoestrings for four hundred pages and find a way to make something brilliant and disturbing out of it, somehow.

This compilation includes Ito's adaptation of Frankenstein, as well as a handful of his signature short stories. I'm not honestly sure if it's that faithful of an adaptation as I've never read the ori
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Shannon
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga, horror
I figured from the title that Frankenstein would obviously take center stage, but I wasn't expecting it to take almost half of this 400 page book. Also, side note, I hated Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and I've never cared for the story or the monster so take that as you will.

The second half mostly featured an alternate universe and the same kid and his friends and his empty house and honestly I didn't care much about any of them. I liked the more randomly selected collection of stories in Shiver:
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Artemy
Oct 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
I'm not the biggest Junji Ito fan, but I had the opportunity to check out his latest western-released collection of horror stories, so I did. It's October after all. This collects Ito's adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, a cycle of short stories about a school boy Oshikiri who keeps getting into various creepy situations, and a bunch of one-offs, including a couple about Ito's actual dog.

The titular Frankenstein story is the longest of the collected here, and it's just okay. Mary Shelley
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Rachel Kathryn Wright
This was absolutely amazing, the art work was fantastic and the storytelling was great. I was kind of shocked by how short the Frankenstein story was but it did not need more because it was told and shown perfectly. And so the rest of the book was Junji Ito’s own short stories. These stories were so engaging and interesting, it was so easy to read. Junji Ito is becoming one of my favorite horror writers and might be my favorite manga author. I can’t wait to read more of his work because the art ...more
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
Jul 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, manga
3.0 Stars
As a huge fan of Junji Ito's work, it pains me to give this collection a mediocre rating. My biggest issue was the retelling of Frankenstein, which did not hold my attention. I understand that it was a rather faithful adaptation, but unfortunately I have never enjoyed that classic tale. The rest of the stories in the collection were just okay. I liked the idea of alternative dimensions, but those related weren't particularly scary or memorable. My favourite story was a short one at the
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Jedi JC Daquis
Nov 21, 2018 rated it liked it
This collection is definitely not one of Junji Ito's better works, though Ito fans and completionists will be compelled to buy this hardcover anyway, because well, it's a Junji Ito work.

His Frankenstein adaptation takes up more or less half of the book. Although I could see nothing wrong in the technical aspect of the narrative, (on the contrary, it has remained faithful to the original material), the story itself is way off with Ito's trademark manga elements. It doesn't have the usual bizarre
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Krista Regester
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perfect company for a lonely time.
bookreaderinluv
Slowly but surely Junji Ito is becoming one of my favourite manga artists. I already loved Frankestein by Mary Shelley, but after reading this manga, my love only has grown for this amazing story. The art is so raw and good, of course not many can bear his art, but if you love horror or gore as much as I do, this book is for you!
Orrin Grey
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga, comics
In spite of the implications of its title, only about half of this latest Junji Ito volume from Viz Media is occupied by his (really quite good) adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. The other half or so is made up of Ito's usual short supernatural pieces, most of them dealing with a student name Oshikiri who is sensitive about his short stature and lives in a strange mansion that might be connected to parallel dimensions. These stories involve murderous dopplegangers, extending necks, haun ...more
Sud666
Mar 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, comics
Ito's Frankenstein was good. Nothing amazing but a good attempt to portray the story in manga format. Had that been the entirety of the book I might have given it 4 stars. But the rest of the book is a collection of short stories. They aren't bad, but the setting of a kid living in a haunted mansion was annoying. Same kid, same place-different tales. It's weird having the same kid, having that same conversation with his cousin about not staying there and then, obviously, staying there and going ...more
Rod Brown
Junji Ito's work is always worth a look, even if the first half of this collection is yet another adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. The monster is gruesome, even if he looks a bit like an extra from Attack on Titan, but the rest of the adaptation is rather pedestrian.

The connected short stories in the back half of the book are more typical of Ito's creepiness, as an evil boy discovers his home is a gateway to alternate dimensions. Unfortunately, they are dark dimensions and his evil dop
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Marc
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Image from "My Dear Ancestors" short story (not included in this book, but indicative of Ito's style and wonderful imagination)

Ito's take on Frankenstein takes up a little less that half this volume, with the rest of the book consisting of 10 short stories. While his slant on Shelley's tale is well done and rather interesting (let's say 4 stars), the short stories that follow steal the show. The entire book excels on a number of levels--well-paced, tense, tales with wonderfully detailed, strikin
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Quentin Wallace
Jul 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm never disappointed by Junji Ito's horror manga. For whatever reason I normally find manga to be much creepier than western comics. I've read some good American horror comics, but they rarely get under my skin like the Japanese comics.

The adaptation of Frankenstein was very well done. It was really close the Shelly story with a little of "Bride of Frankenstein" worked in. But to me the best stories were the back up stories featuring Oshikiri. Weird tales of alternate dimensions and just skin
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Kirk
Sep 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I never really cared to read this one previously. I’ve read Frankenstein, and I’m about hearing new stories, new concepts, etc.

This may have been my favorite collection though. Frankenstein was great, but the stories about the haunted house and a portal to alternate dimensions were spectacular.

This is my first Ito book in print so that may have influenced my experience.

The last two stories though . . . what the?
James Dunphy
Oct 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although Goodreads has this as just Frankenstein by Junji Ito, this is actually volume 16 of his Horror Comic Collection. It's also the first tale I've ever seen where Ito has adapted a European/Western horror tale instead of the usual eastern folklore. It's a relatively faithful adaptation of the Mary Shelley novel instead of the classic Universal monster film. It is however a little on the short side when compared to Shelley's novel, and many of the rich details of her book are left out in thi ...more
Devann
I received an ARC copy of this book from Edelweiss

This is my first Junji Ito manga, although I do also have a copy of Shiver from EW that I need to get to next, and it was definitely an enjoyable read. The adaptation part of the story is pretty straightforward and lifts most things straight from the original text, but the art is where this volume really shined through. It definitely has a nice creepy feel to it and I liked the design of the creature a lot. Definitely a fun little horror manga an
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Chris Greensmith
"Daddy, why are you so scared?"
A retelling of Frankenstein, obviously, but I feel it could have been made his own more, it seemed very basic, the short stories were good and creepy but I feel that he wasted his opportunity with this classic story...
Baal Of
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ramen
I thought this was a fairly faithful adaptation of the novel, and I especially liked Ito's portrayal of the monster more than pretty much any of the movie versions I've seen. The scene's with the companion monster were particularly gruesome.
The loosely linked shorts were of mixed quality with "Bog Of Living Spirits" being the weakest, and "Neck Specter" and "Strange Tale..." being my favorites. Overall, this book is a lesser among Ito's collected works, but still worth having for me given my lov
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Spencer
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is worth it for the artwork alone, I’m a huge fan of Junji Ito and I was not disappointed! This first half is an adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and the second is half is mostly about a student named Oshikiri and the supernatural happenings that occur around him. Both parts we brilliant, the Frankenstein adaptation is great and is elevated by Ito’s art. The second half is a cleverly done collection of short stories with unsettling and gruesome artwork. New and old fans alike ...more
Paisley Green
May 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Frankenstein, and this manga adaptation from Japanese horror auteur Junji Ito is a relatively faithful adaptation of the 1832 version. (I'll admit, being kind of a literary snob: the 1818 version is better, but it is what it is.) There are a few changes to the plot to streamline different elements and give higher dramatic tension/stakes to others, but they all fit nicely with the spirit of the original novel. Ito's signature art style serves this book so well: Frankenstein's monster is a ...more
Madi
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the Frankenstein story but couldn't get into the other ones. Definitely want to explore what else Ito has done!
DeAnna Knippling
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked Doll's Hellish Funeral, but the others I could pass on. I can see the temptation to faithfully adapt Frankenstein, and it wasn't bad, but I'd reread the book recently, and the pacing is different than everything else the creator does, so it felt very draggy.
Ashley
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-reads, manga, horror
I loved the short story situation after Frankenstein so much more than I thought i would!!

Frankenstein is great but I never like classics quite as much as new content ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Becca
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Note: I received a copy of Frankenstein by Junji Ito via Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review.

Don’t quote me on this — but, I’m under the impression that Frankenstein by Junji Ito will be released in a story collection. However, I only received the galley for the Frankenstein portion, so that’s all I will be reviewing.

Junji Ito has been on my mind, ever since Jak wrote a news article on his manga-turned-anime series published on Cult Cryptic. I’m pretty disappointed that I’ve slept on Jun
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Alex Sarll
A surprisingly faithful adaptation of Shelley's original, seldom seduced by its later Hollywood layers – which is to say, one that doesn't necessarily play to Junji Ito's skills. His creature is suitably horrific, and the terrible, lonely bind in which he's caught is powerfully evoked, but a lot of the rest of the time the story does consist of interchangeably good-looking and elegantly dressed people having emotions at each other, meaning it feels like the sort of more mainstream manga which te ...more
Dan
Dec 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was much shorter than I had anticipated, and over half the book is short stories that were not as good as the Smashed collection by this guy.
Véronique
When I bought this book, I thought it would be 400 pages of Frankenstein. As Frankenstein is one of my favourite books, I couldn’t be more excited!

Unfortunately, when I started reading, I found out Frankenstein’s story is only 176 pages long. It’s really rushed, probably because of the lack of pages, and I simply didn’t feel any connection to any of the characters in this novel that I know and love so much! This was such a shame 😔

The rest of the book is filled with paranormal, horror manga stori
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Toby
Dec 11, 2018 rated it liked it
More like 2.5. Frankenstein is one of the greatest stories ever told and this just didn't do it justice. The following stories seem haphazardly collected too, not with the same editorial care as the other Viz collections. Oh well, I still love Ito!
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Junji Itō (伊藤潤二) Born in Gifu Prefecture in 1963, he was inspired from a young age by his older sister's drawing and Kazuo Umezu's comics and thus took an interest in drawing horror comics himself. Nevertheless, upon graduation he trained as a dental technician, and until the early 1990s he juggled his dental career with his increasingly successful hobby — even after being selected as the winner o ...more

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