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Museum of Terror, Vol. 1: Tomie 1

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Dark Horse Comics is very proud to present Museum of Terror, a series of horror stories by Japan's foremost creator of horror manga. Full of compelling and charming characters and relationships, and featuring some of the finest comics art available, Junji Ito has seen his works translated into successful films in Japan. Ito's Uzumaki, the thrilling and grotesque manga and ...more
Paperback, 375 pages
Published August 8th 2006 by Dark Horse Comics (first published October 1st 1997)
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EisNinE
Junji Ito has an imagination that is pretty impressive; he can wring 800 pages out of an idea that would utterly confound most writers. How many cartoonists could create a horror masterpiece about SPIRALS? Where would you even start? How about dead fishes on robotic spider-legs? WTF?! And yet he bites down on these crazy-ass concepts with remarkable tenacity and seriousness. The 'Tomie' stories were among his first, about a beautiful school-girl (why is it always schoolgirls? Do women cease to e ...more
David Schaafsma
Sep 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is horror, now, so watch out if you you just had breakfast. Don't say I didn't warn you.

Tomie is horror manga, a huge collection of stories and only volume 1 of all the Tomie stories Ito did!! I heard from one reviewer that the second volume is a decided up-tick in quality, which I appreciate knowing, but I am not sure I really have to read another 400 pages of this story, or of this theme, which is in every story. I am not as obsessive as Ito or the hundreds of boys driven mad by Tomie.

Tom
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Khashayar Mohammadi
What an ingenious author. I'm so glad I discovered this talented artist. Junji Ito utilizes the visuals and structure of a graphic novel to its fullest, creating the most existential and unsettling horror stories I have come across.
Chris Beaton
Dec 31, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga, horror
The Tomie series is a pretty disturbing set of horror stories. All of them feature (what seems to be) a beautiful girl called Tomie. Men fall helplessly in love with Tomie, unable to refuse her wishes; and Tomie herself is destructive and greedy, using her charm to ruin other women's relationships and families, and to get luxury and wealth. Wikipedia describes her as: "a living embodiment of lust and all the negative emotions that go along with it, such as jealousy."

About half of the time Tomie
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Jamie
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
This series title confuses me so far. Japanese sites just call the series Tomie but in the US it has Tomie and Museum of Terror for all three volumes. Is there more to the Terror collection not out?

Tomie is creepy. At first just a bit bizarre and even a bit confusing but once it starts rolling-woah! This has some strong psychological chills in this as well as a violent, creepy horror style blended together. So much mystery surrounds this girl. Who is she really? Why is she doing what she does?
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Joshua Shioshita
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's never fully explained what Tomie is. There's enough in the opening salvo of chapters to help you form your own hypotheses, let your spider imaginations run wild, but in the end it's left purposefully vague...and that creeps me out.

1. Tomie - The origin story. Junji is still learning the craft, so the art's a little rougher, but that final image at the end still creeps me out.
2. Photograph - The art is getting better, and we start to get a clearer picture as to what Tomie's influence and ch
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Charles Dee Mitchell
Sep 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
On a beautiful spring day in Japan, Mr. Tanagi decides to take his high school class on a mountainside hike. Tomie, the teenage hottie he's having an affair with, threatens to tell his wife about their relationship if he doesn't marry her. Fortunately, just minutes later she angers a male classmate who is also in love with her and he pushes her off a cliff. She dies.

What to do? Mr. Tanagi tells the female students to go on ahead, turns to his males students, and tells them to take off their clo
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Marissa
Jul 16, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: comix, horror
While I appreciate the surreal, nightmarish horror of Ito's work, I have to admit this was just too much Tomie for me. I wish that for these collections they had interspersed the different stories rather than just bringing together all of a recurring series like this because it does become too repetitive after a while. There isn't enough variation in the stories' plots to keep it compelling through the whole book with one character and more or less the same ending over and over.

The great thing
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Jennie
Aug 29, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Asian Horror Fans
Shelves: asian-horror
The artwork is amazing. Excellent detail...both horrific and beautiful.

If you are not familiar with the Tomie story, it's essentially many versions of the same basic tale...an otherworldy young woman who inspires violent obsession in all who meet her--particularly men. Her admirerers are driven to annihilate her, but she keeps returning to wreak more havoc. (It's a long running series of J-Horror films.)

I guess I am not doing it justice, but that's the simplest way to put it and I just don't fee
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Kaylee
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Really liked this and very excited to see where it goes from here. Love that it's in small slightly connected stories vs. one long thing which I was curious about before reading it because of the length. Love the art it in. There's a feeling to it when you read it that's very strong and something I often feel when reading Junji Ito's work and it's a feeling that only he can create.
Cassie-la
Jun 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-reads
REVIEW ALSO ON: http://bibliomantics.com/2011/04/29/m......

Tomie, Junji Ito's work collected in Museum of Terror volumes one and two, is what I consider to be the least frightening of Ito’s work and is basically what would happen if the Japanese were asked to do a remake of The Heathers. Tomie is an incredibly beautiful, conceited girl who men cannot help but obsess over. This obsession inevitably turns to violence when the men chop her up into little pieces because they can no longer express th
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M.
so far this is pretty interesting. the evil undead beauty who dies a thousand deaths and is reborn again and again purely to terrorize others as revenge for her death and the subsequent hacking of her body into dozens of pieces, tomie is alternately a monstrous medusa head and a dangerously beautiful minx able to control men into submission...and ultimately...DEATH. elsewhere she is a body with no head but only monster eyes stuck in what would be a neck, going "HA HA. DIE! AHA. HA."
in another ch
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Orrin Grey
Jul 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
I didn't like the Tomie stories contained in this and the next volume as much as I did Ito's stand-alone stuff in the third volume, but that may say as much about my particular tastes for stand-alone stuff over other stuff more than a knock against the Tomie stories. These tales are still flat amazing, and the Tomie "mythology" is adequately intriguing and (thankfully) never over explained, and there are moments (especially a sequence in one of the stories, I think it was called "Mansion," invol ...more
Carla (Carla's Book Bits)
The storyline of these mangas is really pretty repetitive. I can sum them up in one sentence, actually! A supposedly gorgeous girl named Tomie makes various men fall in love with her and drives them to the point of madness, and when they chop her up and kill her, she manifests in bizarre, gory, and scary ways.

I read 2 before I read 1, which I shouldn't have done. 2 is so much higher in quality and entertainment factor than 1 is. If I'd read 1 first, I would've enjoyed it a lot more than I did. R
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Damon
Feb 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
Great stuff. The really early stuff is a bit weak - the art's not that strong, and you can tell that Ito doesn't really have all the nuances of what he wants to do with the whole Tomie thing figured out yet, but once it starts to hit (about 1/3 of the way through) it's great. I don't know why I didn't like this stuff the first time around. Some of this is a bit more tame than the stuff that's in the 2nd volume, and there's an attempt at more of an ongoing storyline for a little while which I'm n ...more
Rachel
Dec 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Horrible and beautiful, these stories will suck you in. The art is eerie, disgusting, and fits the mood perfectly.
I had not read these stories in about a decade, and had the previous editions in paperback. I binge read the first 2 volumes in 2 days, and often felt like one of Tomie's admirers. I couldn't stop reading, and I want more more MORE!!
The stories are short, and can seem repetitive, but they do fill in bits of Tomie's mythology.
If you are a horror fan, these are a must read. You should
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Syafiqah Rashid
Dec 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I think this is one of Ito sensei's earliest artwork that completely captivates me in awe. (Besides Uzumaki, obviously)

It did get me to the point where 'too much Tomie' might drive my healthy brain apart but as I continue read, I realized that I want answers from this series.

Will Tomie continue to stop regenerating in the future? Will Tomie's specimen disappear? Can she grow old? These are the questions that I will look forward in the next volume.
Rennie
Wow, this was so creepy.

At the beginning, I was like: "Poor Tomie, no matter how much of a bitch she was, she didn't deserve to be diced up"

At the end, I really wished for her to be stabbed continuously and to writhe while dying a slow painful death.
Sydney
May 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Putting aside the rudimentary art from the first couple chapters, this was incredible. Definitely my favorite Ito work I've read to date.
Aldhia Kumala
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love Tomie so much, she's a weird creepy gurl
Barbara Rocas
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm a big fan of Junji Ito's work, and this is the first time I'm picking up this series. He's a master of horror storytelling, each of his works I've read so far, (Uzumaki, Gyo, Enigma of Amigara Fault) have their own place in his universe, no two stories are alike, and each one is absolutely chilling. Tomie tells the story of a demon-like being who takes on the form of a beautiful young girl, irresistible to everyone she meets. Unfortunately for them, this drives them absolutely insane with mu ...more
Alex Panagiotopoulos
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga-manhua
Χαρακτηριστικό Ito σχέδιο, φρικαλέο όσο δεν πάει και το γουστάρω όσο δεν πάει :D Το σενάριο είναι και αυτό ακραίο και βαθιά ψυχαναγκαστικό σε πολλές από τις ιστορίες και παρόλο που είναι η πρώτη του δουλειά δείχνει πολλά σημάδια και όταν το διαβάζεις λες ότι φαινόταν από τότε ότι θα εξελιχθεί σε αυτό που ξέρουμε σήμερα. Για διαβάστε λίγο να μου πείτε γνώμες. Σε φαν των horror manga και γενικά του Ιαπωνικού τρόμου θα αρέσει πολύ, σε φαν του Junji Ito επιβάλλεται όχι απλά προτείνεται. Όπως και οι ...more
Abigail
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Holy Shit this is fun! Tomie is begging me to read the next installment, but I must resist and go to bed now.
Luke Rigley
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A really good creepy manga about Tomie, the girl everybody loves.
Homicidally so.

Sadly the version I had was flopped but hopefully for the rest of the series I can get non-westernised layouts.
Kurtis Burkhardt
Mar 23, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: manga
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Hoke
Nov 30, 2018 rated it liked it
More spooky Japanese weirdness.
Ruben
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
En este número las historias si se ligan, y tenemos a Tomie, un ser muy peculiar, buen tomo, pero un tanto repetitivo, aunque en más de alguna historia te sorprende.
Crisanto J. Jorda
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Chilling and disturbing revenge story. I'd give a summary but that'd spoil the twists of the plot.
Hans Christian Cristobal
Dec 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
3.75
D
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoy Ito's work and going back to read some of his earliest stories, it's really enjoyable to see how he has honed his craft over the years. While not as polished as "Spiral" or some of his most well known shorts, "Tomie" is still good at creating that sense of dread that Ito does so well.
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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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