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Smashed: Junji Ito Story Collection

(Junji Ito Masterpiece Collection #11)

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Thirteen Chilling Nightmares Presented by the Master of Horror.

Try not to be noticed when you eat the secret nectar, otherwise you'll get smashed... What horrific events happened to create the earthbound-people tied to a certain place for the rest of their short lives? A strange haunted house comes to town, but no one expects it to lead to a real hell... Welcome to Junji I
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Hardcover, 416 pages
Published April 16th 2019 by VIZ Media LLC (first published 2013)
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Kat
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
there were def some stories in here that i felt a little more lukewarm on BUT i think between Smashed and Shiver, this one had my favorite stories & some of my favorite panels specifically. anyway, stan junji ito or else. ...more
Jesse (JesseTheReader)
I read this for an experiment I did on my YouTube channel where my best friend picked out my tbr. This was... SOMETHING ELSE THAT'S FOR SURE. I can't say that it was the most horrifying collection of stories, but it definitely delivered some SPOOKS. I think the thing that I liked the most about it was how unique a lot of the stories were. Some of the stories did fall flat in terms of how they were tied up, but overall this was a solid collection. Big trigger warnings for suicide, eating disorder ...more
Sam Quixote
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
Smashed is the latest collection of short horror mangas by acclaimed (though I don’t know why!) creator Junji Ito, none of which were especially good! I won’t go through each and every one in this bumper book but no single story stood out over the others - they were all pretty dumb!

And that’s the thing with Ito: he’s has no concept of subtlety - which I’m sure is what appeals to some of his readers - but the horror is so over-the-top that it undermines any potential scares and makes it hard to
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Lauren Lanz
Sep 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
I told my younger sister about some of the short stories in this horror manga collection. She was intrigued, and we ended up squished together in the backseat of our car reading the rest as one.
Safe to say Junji Ito has done it again, folks.
David Schaafsma
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
A collection of horror manga from the master, Junji Ito. Maybe not up to the level of last story collection Shiver, but still creepy, gross, pulpy, funny, scary, with stories of nightmares, haunted houses, ghosts from hell, secret nectar (which can get you smashed in myriad ways), lots of blood, all accomplished through black and white, pen and ink! Ito has one book on his cats, which his fans did not want to hear about, they only want the monstrous, but one story features an insane cat.
E. G.
--Bloodsucking Darkness
--Ghosts of Prime Time
--Roar
--Earthbound
--Death Row Doorbell
--The Mystery of the Haunted House
--The Mystery of the Haunted House: Soichi's Version
--Soichi's Beloved Pet
--In Mirror Valley
--I Don't Want to Be a Ghost
--Library Vision
--Splendid Shadow Song
--Smashed
Emm C²
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
An unabashed Itoholic, I'd already read most of these shorts years ago. To see them together in such a physically, artistically beautiful collection however, is much appreciated. Smashed is a peculiar mash-up of two or three previous books by Ito that never made it into English translation during their run, one being the infamous and beloved Yami no Koe, or Voices in the Dark. I noticed them blending books with their reprint of Ito's Frankenstein last year. It is needlessly confusing, but hey, h ...more
Armand
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
I've read my share of weird lit, but this one takes the cake. And it's all in graphic format too. Anorexic teens sharing blood meals via vampire bats to stay alive, a bizarre catatonia that renders its sufferers immobile until they literally petrify, an alluring girl who feeds on ghosts for sustenance - all of these and more haunt the pages of this surreal book.

Thing is: Ito's art, with its clean and natural aesthetic, provides a highly effective disconnect against his warped stories that only m
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Michelle
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror, manga
This collection was soo disappointing, especially after loving Ito’s Shiver collection. :<

Where Shiver delivered some legitimate scares (I had to cover a particular page in the bind-up because it creeped me out so much!) Smashed is super… lackluster. These read like old-school horror movies, for better or for worse. I find that the B-horror aesthetic makes it so there’s a lot of cringey dialogue and excessive exposition. This results in the narrative being so campy that any scare factor they mig
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Devann
I received an ARC copy of this book from Edelweiss

actual rating: 3.5

This is the second Junji Ito story collection that I have read. The first was Shiver and I definitely thought that one was a bit better, but this was still definitely a very good read. I was once again pleasantly surprised by all the interesting and unique plot lines in the stories. Most horror stories these days seem to just draw from the same 10 cliches that we've all seen a million times, but the majority of these are very di
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Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, manga
4.0 Stars
As always, these stories by Junji Ito were weird, gruesome and disturbing. I enjoyed some of the stories more than others. By far, my favourite story was Earthbound, which is probably the best short story I’ve read by Junji Ito. The “why” behind the story was so powerful with some serious “gut punch” moments. I also enjoyed Bloodsucking Darkness (eating disorders & blood sucking bats, yes please), Library Vision (a cautionary tale of obsessive book collecting) and Smashed (where people
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Baal Of
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blood-sausage
More Ito, and just as weird as usual. The quality of the stories varies a bit, which is expected with a collection like this, but in general I like Ito's style both in terms of art and imagination. There are some lovely gruesome images in here: The head smashing in Death Row Doorbell, the boy eating the policeman in The Mystery Of The Haunted House (plus the next couple pages), The bodies being piled into the truck bed at the end of Earthbound. Ito seems to be making social commentary in some of ...more
Orrin Grey
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, manga
Like previous Viz hardcover short story sets, this was a mix of new-to-me and "classic" Junji Ito stories, including "Bloodsucking Darkness," a favorite of mine. That said, this isn't necessarily the place to dig in if you're not already a fan. There are plenty of solid stories here, including many that are very Junji Ito for (more often) good and (more seldom) ill.

I'm personally not a fan of the Soichi stories, though they contain some indelibly Ito-ish images, but there are plenty of ideas con
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Rod Brown
Oct 27, 2019 rated it liked it
A fairly tame collection for Junji Ito as far as the art goes, but it still has some pretty twisted stories that help set the mood for Halloween. "Earthbound" was the eeriest for me. Fuchi, the shark-toothed fashion model from Ito's Shiver: Selected Stories has cameos in a couple of the stories. ...more
Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
Apr 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Junji Ito is the poet of contagion.
Benoit Lelièvre
Jun 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Junji Ito is the proverbial guy-who-plays-chess-while-everybody-else-is-playing-checkers of horror. Holy cow, does he just thinks differently or what?

His stories are not goading you into scares. They're sneaking up on you like your bastard drunken friend in the dark after 3 AM. Ito just doesn't give a damn. His best stories are firmly anchored in the bizarre and the inexplicable like Earthbound and Death Row Doorbell and really wreck you up both ways: inwards (the horror within us) and outwards
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reanna ✰༄
May 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-favorites
Not exaggerating but this has the be the scariest thing I have ever read. The haunted house short story specifically. Some of the panels in that story will haunt me for life. Seriously bone chilling, y’all. 😬 There were a lot of good, disturbing short stories in this one and it was a really quick read. Highly recommend if you’re a fan of horror/body horror/gore.
Sarah
Jul 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Another weird/creepy/goofy collection! I really enjoy reading these, they're so fun!

Bloodsucking Darkness
Ghosts of Prime Time
Roar
Earthbound
Death Row Doorbell
The Mystery of the Haunted House
The Mystery of the Haunted House: Soichi's Version
Soichi's Beloved Pet
In Mirror Valley
I Don't Want to Be A Ghost
Library Vision
Splendid Shadow Song
Smashed

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Kirk
Jun 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
His work is always good. Even if a story is lacking, the artwork usually makes up for it.

But generally speaking, the concepts that guide these stories are compelling. A ghost river, a girl who eats ghosts, these had me hooked on concept alone.

Others, like Smashed, just featured amazing artwork. I couldn’t stop looking at those smears on the concrete and walls. Jaysus, son!

There were a few that were lackluster, like the one about the two villages riddled with shattered mirrors, but this was stil
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TheNonHumanAlien
Jun 20, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf-for-now
I am just bored. I have better stuff to read other then this so I am just going to slap a big ole dnf on it.
I did not like the art
I did not like the lack of depth
I did not like the stories
However the first story was ok but just barley
So boom cya
Mia
May 03, 2019 added it
Shelves: manga
this one has an illustration that scared the shit out of me. i keep thinking about it right before going to sleep it sux.
Flint Xavier
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
This is the first Junji Ito collection I've read and it wont be my last! In this collection, there are 13 stories. Some of the stories had connected plots, but most were independent from one another.

The illustrations were demented, detailed, and made my skin crawl. I was unsure if it would creep me out since I don't really read graphic novels, but they for sure did.

Nothing was predictable in these stories! A couple times I had to put down the book after a story because I was so surprised by the
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Quentin Wallace
Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm a huge Junji Ito fan. The thing about horror manga is it may not always make sense, but it's always creepy as hell. Ito is the master as his art is unsettling and he always manages to get in your head with the overall "wrongness" of the horror in his stories. I prefer his anthology stories over his longer works, but they are all well done.

There's really not a weak story in this collection, even though I did like some more than others.

Another great collection. If you enjoy horror comics this
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Chris Greensmith
Feb 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: junji-ito
"You can believe me or not. But nothing is as delicious as a ghost."
OK, not as good as Shiver, the stories seemed to have less point, but still pretty good. Note worthy stories, The Mystery of the Haunted House and Library Vision...
Marre
Apr 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Just. Awesome.
Katelyn
Dec 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
I quite liked the beginning; it felt a bit like Black Mirror. The middle stories were a little too hokey and obvious for me.
Michela
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
Reading Smashed during a lunch break was not my brightest idea.

This is the first time that I read horror manga and I was really curious about this collection because I've heard so much about this author recently. I was lucky enough to receive it thanks to the Abominable Book club box of last June so I was quite eager to read this.

There are 13 stories in this collection and they are all weird, disturbing, scary in an original way. The combo spooky story + creepy illustrations really worked well,
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Laurian Vega
Nope.
Audra (ouija.doodle.reads)
Though not quite as good as his previous story collection Shiver: Selected Stories, I still really enjoyed my time in Ito's strange and horrifying worlds. He is definitely the master of body horror, and boy, do you see it all. ...more
Fny
I was kinda disappointed with this one! This is the third collection with short stories I read from Junji Ito and the quality of the stories varied quite a lot. There were a couple that I really liked but the rest of them just left me wanting more. To be honest. Some of the stories made so little sense. The art is still splendid though. 3,5/5⭐️
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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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