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地獄星 レミナ ✶ [BOOKS] ✪ 地獄星 レミナ By Junji Ito ❀ – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk I MET REMINA'S EYE

An unknown planet emerges from inside a wormhole, and its discoverer, Dr Oguro, christens the celestial body Remina after his own daughter His finding is met with great fan I MET REMINA'S EYEAn unknown planet emerges from inside a wormhole, and its discoverer, Dr Oguro, christens the celestial body Remina after his own daughter His finding is met with great fanfare, and Remina herself rises to fame However, the planet picks up speed as it moves along in its curious orbit, eliminating planets and stars one after another until finally Earth itself faces extinction… Is the girl Remina the true cause of the catastrophe? A masterwork of horror from Junji Ito, unfolding on a universal scaleTHE PLANET NOTICED OUR EXISTENCE.

About the Author: Junji Ito

伊藤潤二 Born in Gifu Prefecture in , 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 s he juggled his dental career with his increasingly successful hobby — even after being selected as the winner of the prestigious Umezu prize for horror mangaThe most common obsessions are with beauty, long hair, and beautiful girls, especially in his Tomie and Flesh Colored Horror comic collections For example: A girl's hair rebels against being cut off and runs off with her head; Girls deliberately catch a disease that makes them beautiful but then murder each other; a woman treats her skin with lotion so she can take it off and look at her muscles, but the skin dissolves and she tries to steal her sister's skin, etcIto's universe is also very cruel and capricious; his characters often find themselves victims of malevolent unnatural circumstances for no discernible reason or punished out of proportion for minor infractions against an unknown and incomprehensible natural orderHis longest work, the three volume Uzumaki, is about a town's obsession with spirals: people become variously fascinated with, terrified of, and consumed by the countless occurrences of the spiral in nature Apart from the ghastly, convincingly drawn deaths, the book projects an effective atmosphere of creeping fear as the town's inhabitants become less and less human, and and bizarre things begin to happenBefore Uzumaki, Ito was best known for Tomie, a comic series about a beautiful, teasing and eternally youthful high school girl who inspires her stricken admirers to murder each other in fits of jealous rage Eventually, unable to cope with her coy flirtation and their desire to possess Tomie completely, they are inevitably compelled to kill her — only to discover that, regardless of the method they chose to dispose of her body, her body will always regenerateIn , during the horror boom that followed the success of Ringu, Tomie was adapted into a movie Since Tomie, many of his works have been adapted for TV and the cinema.

10 thoughts on “地獄星 レミナ

  1. Alexander Peterhans Alexander Peterhans says:

    Welcome to the book of keh keh keh and sob sob sob!

    Ito takes cosmic horror to the next level, by having the cosmos itself try and eat us. We're introduced to a planetsized monster that seems to be intent on eating celestial bodies, including our very own Earth.

    The scientist who discovered the monster-planet, named it Remina, after his own daughter. The closer the planet comes, the more het up people get, losing their effing minds and thinking if they just kill Remina the girl as an offering, Remina the planet will back off.

    What follows is a bizarre and lengthy chase. I loved the art in this, I'm not the biggest manga fan, but Ito's style is quite idiosyncratic (those faces!). The story takes interesting turns, sometimes indulges in body horror (which is fine). The only real point against the book (and it's a big point), is that the girl Remina has no agency at all. She gets pushed and pulled all over the place, and all she can manage to do is sob sob sob. I wish there was more to the character.

    3.5 stars
    doinking this up to a full 4 stars, its images keep haunting my brain..

    (Kindy received an ARC from VIZ Media through Edelweiss)

  2. Sam Quixote Sam Quixote says:

    Shortly after a wormhole is discovered in space, a killer planet (or a planet-sized alien) passes through it and starts bearing down on Earth - and of course it’s all a little girl’s fault! Ready for stoopid? Here’s another Junji Ito horror manga!

    A story about a killer planet is always going to be goofy but, even accepting that, Remina is badly written and so coconuts as to be laughable. The dialogue is always awful, the plotting is child-like and one absurd thing happens after another until you don’t care about any of it.

    Remina is the daughter of the scientist who discovered this killer planet and who subsequently names the planet after her. Then when the planet starts moving towards Earth, blowing up all the planets in our solar system along the way, seemingly everyone decides Remina is somehow calling this planet to her - based on nothing more than having the same name - and to appease the planet she has to die?!

    It makes no sense and is just an excuse for the characters to run around screaming while Remina the planet sits patiently besides Earth (which doesn’t seem to have any effect on Earth’s gravitational pull, etc.) until the book nears its end and so gives the increasingly batty story a conclusion.

    The characters are as lightly sketched out as possible. Remina herself couldn’t be less of a non-entity. She’s either blank-faced and silent or sobbing or screaming and yelling out names. Remina the planet is simply a plot device and is as mindless as any animal eating what it needs to in order to survive. There’s a mad guy, an evil rich guy, a heroic homeless guy, and a bad guy in a mask that looks like a Paul Pope character - and there’s nothing to any of them! Couldn’t tell you their names or why they’re behaving the way they are - they’re just inconsequential puppets.

    Still, Ito is unquestionably a visionary storyteller and a fine artist, all of which can be seen in Remina. The art is skilful, memorable and really grabs your attention. The opening scene of Remina literally crucified while a horrible giant eye in the sky looks down is a helluva opener. The environs of Remina, once the ill-fated shuttle makes it to its surface, was interesting to see and the absolutely mental final act with the crowds chasing Remina and the homeless hero was amazingly drawn - and funny! And this is an original story - I’ve never read anything like it before.

    Remina is the usual Junji Ito: a unique horror story with a blend of grotesque and beautiful art written and plotted so poorly it’s impossible to take even half-seriously. I didn’t care about any of the characters and their endless running didn’t make for compelling reading. Remina isn’t one of Ito’s better efforts.

  3. JaeRavenClaw JaeRavenClaw says:

    I have always been a fan of Ito and Hellstar Remina showed me that he is still a genius. Hellstar shows the depths of human sickness and insanity, what lengths people will go to in order to survive. Even if they are completely wrong and irrational in their thinking, the sacrifice of a few in order to save the many plays out in horrific detail in Hellstar. I would recommend this for all horror fans. Ito's graphics are awesome and you get a sick feeling in the pit of your stomach while reading. Truly perfect.

  4. Noelle Noelle says:

    Within my top 3 favorite Junji Ito stories alongside Falling and Earthbound. I'm a sucker for cosmic horror. Essentially a one-sentence summary: A planet-eater enters our solar system and hell breaks loose.

  5. Rebecca Rebecca says:

    3.5, rounded up because even if it's a bit too on the nose it's still very effective. The story blends science fiction and horror to show how quickly people can turn into monsters when a scientist names an evil sentient planet after his daughter. It's really a statement on idol culture in a lot of ways, with Remina the Girl being regarded as everyone's property, including Remina the Planet's, and her life very quickly slipping out of her control because of it. What was meant to be an honor invites disaster as the planet charges towards its namesake and four very different men try to protect the girl from the literal pitchfork-waving mobs (led by guys in pointy hoods; very subtle) but three of them succumb to their need to own Remina the Girl in some way. It's scary on a social level, and while the lack of subtlety does hurt the book, it still works as a reminder that humans are only one good scare away from the least intelligent animal, ruled by their fear and superstitions.

  6. James Dunphy James Dunphy says:

    I'm not sure if I have had all the time needed to fully process Hellstar Remina and all of it's weird glory. Junji Ito definitely outdid himself with this one. Both in terms of grotesque horror manga artwork and themes.
    The story takes place in the ambiguous future year of 20XX. To my knowledge this was Ito's first science fiction setting story. Gyo has a lot of sci-fi elements to it, but takes place in the modern day. A scientist discovers a massive Earth-like exoplanet and names it after his daughter, Remina. Almost overnight Remina becomes an idol, with record contracts, fan club, and hordes of fans. Life is going swell until that exoplanet starts barreling towards Earth, destroying moons and planets as it sets a course for Earth.
    So what is society to do in a time of potential human extinction? Well naturally it is to start a witch hunt over the girl who's name the planet is taken from instead of doing anything productive to prevent such a tragedy to happen. Remina is taken by a mob lead by one of the creepiest looking hooded cultist I have ever seen in a horror media (seriously, I want to be this guy for Halloween this year). She's tortured, and crucified alongside her father (talk about messed up) until the planetary mass sprouts and eye and comes to life. The demonic planet comes to life to defend Remina and the few people remaining by her side while is plunges the Earth into spinning chaos.
    Ito plays with some interesting things here. He uses the future sci-fi setting to craft a story that is equal parts a space and pseudo-religious apocalypse story. I felt an interesting commentary on idol obsession throughout this, and enjoyed the parallel between pop star paparazzi and witch hunt.
    The manga is filled with some of the most surreal black and white art I have seen. The eye opening on the surface of planet Remina will be one of my favorite manga panels for some time down the line. The cultist is simply a menacing, evil figure, and when an astronaut crew land on Remina to explore it, it is an abstract, swampy, hellscape, with eyeballs and tentacles spewing from every corner of the page. Remina's room is also a very interesting setting drawn by Ito. It's a completely white padded room with lots of curved archways popular in future architecture. It is often an a haven for Remina, albeit a rather sterile and isolated one. It's one of the very few white spaces in this entire book. The final thing I have to give Junji Ito credit in his art for is the lack of overt nudity in Hellstar. Where most horror manga skims the border between horror and hentai (manga porn), Ito's manages to keep most of the clothing on his heroines. She gets brutally tortured in some panels, with her cloths being slowly whipped off, but it's not over the top and perverted like in a lot of horror titles. I'm all for blending the lines of fear and sexuality in art, but a lot of manga goes over the line just injecting T&A into gruesome scenes of violence. Ito keeps the shocking elements of his art directly on the violence, and let's the sexual elements act as subtext. It's the best kind of horror that is shocking, but doesn't rely on shock tactic to elicit the response.
    As you can probably see by my extremely long review of this title, I absolutely loved it. It has probably been one of the craziest titles I have read in a long time. It is easily the best horror title I have read this Halloween, and easily goes on the list of best horror stories and mangas of all time for me. The surreal black and white artwork is iconic Ito to me, and will remain a thematic influence in any horror I produce down the line. Easy 5+ stars. Now it's time to figure out a Hellstar Remina tattoo...

  7. Etienne Etienne says:

    This manga had some incredible elements, but it also had some bad ones. The premise of the story and the weirdness of it was just awesome. A strange cosmic horror cannibal planet comic to Earth, wow this doesn’t get more intriguing than that!

    Unfortunately, the story didn’t always go in the right direction. In the beginning, first third, instead going all in into this cosmic horror them, it goes back and forth between it and the pop star teens trying to escape a mob, which was totally uninteresting. Then something happen, and I won’t say to much for not spoiling anything, but let just say that the direction change again, but we still follow a bit too much of the Remina, the girl, and not enough of the planet Remina. It also too often goes into directions that were curious and I just would have like the focus to be else were. The last third was not really good. Final point, the story felt a bit rush, this could have been a small series instead of a single issues and it would have allows us to explore a bit more of the world, the story to take hold on us and even maybe develop those characters a bit more and add some complexity to them to help them feel more likeable!

    So overall a very solid and interesting idea, but the way the author decides to tell its story, some poor characters and some strange narrative choice, make it lost a bit of interest to me. I’m sill glad I finally read this author how is well know for doing manga horror, weird and even cosmic one and I will look forward into his other works, but as for this one, it was still fun, had some great dark moments but I was expecting something more in the overall experience.

  8. Heidi Ward Heidi Ward says:

    I don't have a lot of experience with manga, but Ito's name comes up a lot in conjunction with cosmic horror, so I gave Hellstar Remina a shot. Short version? Some fantastically disturbing ideas and images, absolutely. Unfortunately I found the part of the plot involving celebrity REALLY over the top, to the point of just being silly. (Though I will admit there are some arresting images illustrating it.) The end was also sort of underwhelming, though I'm not sure any other direction for Remina's character would have worked better. Planetary apocalypse kind of limits possibilities.

    Anyway, I was set to go 3 stars until I read the last, unrelated. story -- and DAMN but Army of One does cosmic horror right. Now *that* was scary. Also weirdly resonant in our time of COVID isolation. AoO gets 5 stars, bringing the total up to 4 for the volume as a whole.

  9. Becky Becky says:

    This was sooo goood but I can't give it 5 stars due to its weak ending. The drawings were awesomely GROSS (that planet and its tongue EWWWWW YAYY!!), the plot was so enjoyable and its sci-fi / horror elements were very well-done. But seriously to me this read like a comedy. I laughed so hard in so many scenes that my stomach hurt, like those scenes about that out-of-nowhere homeless guy who went WTF after he was captured with the main character and yet he still tried to save the beauty HAHAHAHAHA, and that scene in which people shouted as they tried to kill the main character in multiple languages HAHAHAHAHAHAHA totally didn't see that coming. Highly recommend this!

  10. Ashkin Ayub Ashkin Ayub says:

    Ok...The story plot is unique. Sci-fi with horror apocalyptic. It was grim, dark, and terrifyingly cruel. Haters may say that the end wasn't that satisfying. It was ended very abruptly. Blah blah blah! But unfortunately I don't give a fuck about it. ┌∩┐(¬‿¬)┌∩┐
    Story: 5/5
    Art: 5/5

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