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Frankenstein

(Junji Ito Masterpiece Collection #10)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  1,501 ratings  ·  175 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 paral
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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. Shelle
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Emm the Bookmunculus - Half Human, Half Library
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 original. Shame
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Shannon
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, manga
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 storie
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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.
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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 us
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Orrin Grey
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, manga
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, haunted bogs, and ...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
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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, striking black and white line art. I
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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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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
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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
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.
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 disappointe
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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!
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 parano
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Alexander Engel-Hodgkinson
3.6/5

Ito's Frankenstein is a collection containing his adaptation of Mary Shelley's novel; a series of shorts revolving around an anti-social boy named Oshikiri and the strange situations he finds himself in (half of which involve his house), and a couple of unrelated shorts (including two about Ito's own dog).

The artwork is mostly great, as is usual for Ito, although I found his backgrounds to be simpler than usual sometimes. The dialogue was also pretty hit-or-miss here. The Oshiki
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Sab Cornelius
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was so stoked to finally get this in book format that I pre-ordered it [I had previously only been able to read Ito's rendition of Frankenstein online with fan translations and images that weren't the best quality] and it did not disappoint. It, like many other recent editions of Ito's stuff, is a collection of stories, so it's not just Frankenstein [and Bride of Frankenstein, technically.]

It's wonderful of course, if you're familiar with and a fan of Ito's other work, it's a must-have.
Josh Firer
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fantastic collection of stories but Frankenstein is an amazing adaptation that stands above the rest.
Cristian
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, read-2018
Genius stuff. Best horror comics I’ve ever read.
Skjam!
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Frankenstein fans
Recommended to Skjam! by: Seriously? It's Junji Ito.
High atop the world in the Arctic Circle, Captain Walton never dreamed he’d see one mysterious figure driving a sledge, let alone two. The latter figure is exhausted, and stays a while aboard the ship, and in return for the captain’s kindness, tells him a tale to chill the soul….

And thus begins the story of the monster Frankenstein, and his creation. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s most famous novel has been adapted many times over the years, so it’s no surprise horror manga creator Ju
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Wombo Combo
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you like Junji Ito's work (and I do), read this. If you don't care for his manga, this won't change your mind.

This collection starts off with a manga retelling of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, which makes up about half of the book. I like the original novel quite a bit, so I was very interesting in seeing how Ito would handle this. Overall, I appreciate the grotesqueness of the creature, and I really like how Ito illustrated Frankenstein, and depicted him with a kind of darkness in
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Leila Anani
The main chunk of this is dedicated to Junji Ito's retelling of Frankenstein which is for the most part everything you could hope - Junji Ito's freaky art and a decent account of Shelley's the story but without all the long winded language. There are a few key scenes missing - particularly that of the monster's interaction with the child, that I would dearly have loved to see included, but on the whole I was pretty impressed.

The other stories are a mixed bag. I like many of the Oshik
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Audra (ouija.doodle.reads)
I am already an Ito fan, having stumbled on Uzumaki a few years back. That book's originality, terrifying imagery, and just plain unique brilliance had me seeking out his other works too, and he has never disappointed me. Also, I've never looked at spirals the same since.

The adaptation of Frankenstein works great in Ito's chiaroscuro style, the monster especially coming across as loathsome and cunning. I have been wanting to re-read Shelley's masterwork, so this was a nice palate cleanser to remember t
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Ursula Villarreal-Moura
Junji Ito is one of my all-time favorite mangaka, and I'll read anything he publishes. This collection contains some strong pieces like the title story, "Neck Specter" "Pen Pal," and the Oshikiri stories. The last two tales about a manga writer's dog (autobiographical stories?) were pointless and frankly lousy. Ito's strengthens include his understanding and depictions of delusions and envy, which is what makes "Pen Pal" a masterpiece.
Fny
Yeah. I didn't care for the Frankenstein story. But the rest of the book was fab! So more like a 3,5/5 I guess. I mean I love me a good Junji Ito story and there were plenty of those but Frankenstein's monster took up quite a bit of pages in the collection and I didn't find it that funny at all. I've not read the original, only watch a movie once and I don't like the story - it's so freaking sad and weird....
Dakota Biggs
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Frankenstein part of the book is great. A transformative work, focusing more on the imagery than the prose of work. A great adaptation from a excellent horror artist. The short stories are fun and engaging and are gteat examples of Ito's style. Visceral and weird is the name of the game. If you like strange horror but also appreciate the classics, this is a very good blend of the two.
M Aghazarian
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Oshikiri stories were really good
Becky
Apr 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked his drawing style and that story about the shit was really WTF and hilarious HAHAHAHAHAHA.
Chris
Oct 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting interpretation of the Frankenstein story with great artwork, as usual. The Oshikiri saga that constitutes half of this version I found to be more interesting. For fans of Ito, it's a great new edition (and some of the shorts have been adapted in the anime Junji It Collection). Not as powerful or spooky as some of his earlier work, but I'm always happy with new Ito.
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