Monday, April 30, 2018

Junji Ito's Cat Diary: Yon & Mu

Junji Ito is a Japanese manga artist infamous for his tales of terror and demented drawings. His work is very influential in the realm of horror entertainment, with many of his comics being adapted into film, and he has worked with some familiar names in spooky storytelling like Hideo Kojima and Guillermo Del Toro. He is famous for his themes of body horror, the breakdown of society, and mortality.
What Adorable Terrors

But this is a book about kittens.

Despite being penned by one of the biggest names in Japanese horror, Junji Ito’s Cat Diary is actually a lighthearted slice-of-life comic about his family and their adventures when they adopt two adorable cats. Ito starts the book being very resistant to the idea of adding new feline family members as he worries about them scratching the walls and making a mess. But at his wife’s insistence, the cats come anyway, and he finds himself falling in love.

The Resident Escape Artist
The book chronicles many aspects of cat ownership that will likely be familiar to those that have been owners themselves: playtime, nap time, and a harrowing account of a kitty jailbreak. In many places, the everyday situations paired with the over-the-top illustrations create moments of unique comedy that only a book like this could provide.

This book would be perfect for any cat owner or manga enthusiast; but anyone looking for a good distinctive book of humor or for a good example of genre fusion would enjoy this as well.

If you’d like a different horror manga, check out Death Note by Tsugumi Oba.

    If you’re interested in other books involving humorous cats, take a look at Simon’s Cat.

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