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Flesh-Colored Horror [肉色の怪 nikuiro no kai, Flesh-Colored Mystery] is the third volume in the Horror World of Junji Ito series. It was released in Japan in 1997 and was translated and released in the United States in 2000 by Comicsone. Currently, it is out of print. A different version of Volume 3 was published by Dark Horse Comics as Museum of Terror vol. 3. This book will Flesh-Colored Horror [肉色の怪 nikuiro no kai, Flesh-Colored Mystery] is the third volume in the Horror World of Junji Ito series. It was released in Japan in 1997 and was translated and released in the United States in 2000 by Comicsone. Currently, it is out of print. A different version of Volume 3 was published by Dark Horse Comics as Museum of Terror vol. 3. This book will continue to terrify and titillate those who have developed a taste for Ito's macabre mix of girls, gore, and social series. Collected Stories: The Long Hair in the Attic Approval Beehive Dying Young Headless Sculptures Flesh-Colored Horror


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Flesh-Colored Horror [肉色の怪 nikuiro no kai, Flesh-Colored Mystery] is the third volume in the Horror World of Junji Ito series. It was released in Japan in 1997 and was translated and released in the United States in 2000 by Comicsone. Currently, it is out of print. A different version of Volume 3 was published by Dark Horse Comics as Museum of Terror vol. 3. This book will Flesh-Colored Horror [肉色の怪 nikuiro no kai, Flesh-Colored Mystery] is the third volume in the Horror World of Junji Ito series. It was released in Japan in 1997 and was translated and released in the United States in 2000 by Comicsone. Currently, it is out of print. A different version of Volume 3 was published by Dark Horse Comics as Museum of Terror vol. 3. This book will continue to terrify and titillate those who have developed a taste for Ito's macabre mix of girls, gore, and social series. Collected Stories: The Long Hair in the Attic Approval Beehive Dying Young Headless Sculptures Flesh-Colored Horror

30 review for Flesh-Colored Horror; 肉色の怪; Niku Iro no Kai

  1. 5 out of 5

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    Junji ito is one of my favourite manga artists of all time, and I especially love his short stories, but I didn't particularly enjoy the ones contained in this volume, apart for two. That's why I will add ratings for the single stories as well. The Long Hair in the Attic ⭐⭐ A girl with a broken heart dies in mysterious circumstances. Approval ⭐⭐ A man is on an endless quest to get his girlfriend's father's permission to marry her. Beehive ⭐⭐⭐ A scary and original story about two boys competing on a we Junji ito is one of my favourite manga artists of all time, and I especially love his short stories, but I didn't particularly enjoy the ones contained in this volume, apart for two. That's why I will add ratings for the single stories as well. The Long Hair in the Attic ⭐⭐ A girl with a broken heart dies in mysterious circumstances. Approval ⭐⭐ A man is on an endless quest to get his girlfriend's father's permission to marry her. Beehive ⭐⭐⭐ A scary and original story about two boys competing on a weird beehive collection. Dying Young ⭐⭐ A strange disease spreads into a school, making girls prettier first and dead second. Headless Sculptures ⭐⭐ An artist has the weird habit of sculpting only headless bodies. Flesh-Colored Horror ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ My favourite story of the volume, a creepy story about a violent boy who looks like a villain but turns out to be a victim of unspeakable abuse and terror. A true Junji Ito horror shot!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ari Eris

    Oh, not much here! Just a collection of disturbing and terrifying short stories by the king of Japanese horror manga. You know, ghost lovers and neighbors who shed their skin. I mean, who doesn't live next to a school invested with statues that come out at night to fight over severed heads? I once knew a girl who's hair came alive and lived in the attic. Slice-of-life stories, ho hum! Ah ha ha just kidding. This book scared the shit out of me.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Quill

    The Basics A collection of horror one-shots. The title story tells of a school teacher dealing with a troubled student. He is aggressive and bullying toward the other children, and something appears to wrong with his skin. As if it’s thinning. Things get a lot more serious when the teacher visits his home… My Thoughts For the most part, I enjoyed this collection, though it’s clear this was earlier in Junji Ito’s career. This wasn’t the stage where he was drawing some of the absolutely insane art th The Basics A collection of horror one-shots. The title story tells of a school teacher dealing with a troubled student. He is aggressive and bullying toward the other children, and something appears to wrong with his skin. As if it’s thinning. Things get a lot more serious when the teacher visits his home… My Thoughts For the most part, I enjoyed this collection, though it’s clear this was earlier in Junji Ito’s career. This wasn’t the stage where he was drawing some of the absolutely insane art that you’ll find in Uzumaki or Tomie. Many of these stories seemed downright mundane as far as the art is concerned, compared to what I know he can do, but the storytelling itself was still strong. Out of the stories here, I thought the title tale, “Flesh-Colored Horror”, was strong. “Dying Young”, which was about a disease that made the homely girls at a local school beautiful before killing them, was another of the more robust stories. In this case, it was an interesting play on the vampire myth, though other readers might think I’m stretching to say that. I felt there were parallels to be made, and I liked the originality of it. I also felt this story was attempting to be a commentary on vanity, how it destroys, and I appreciated that about it. The weakest of the stories was definitely “Beehive” for me. It was a revenge story incorporating bees, and it just didn’t do anything for me. Even though this is a somewhat tame collection for my tastes, I think this would be a great place to start for those of you who want to cautiously get into Junji Ito’s work. Final Rating 4/5

  4. 5 out of 5

    Michael Sorbello

    My favorite stories in this collection were Headless Sculptures and the titular story Flesh-Colored Horror. All of the others in this collection were just okay. The first story I mentioned features headless sculptures coming to life, murdering young people and using their decapitated heads to speak which was unsettling to say the least. The titular story features a disturbed child that's been horribly disfigured by abuse. His insane mother finds beauty in skinless bodies. She uses acidic beauty My favorite stories in this collection were Headless Sculptures and the titular story Flesh-Colored Horror. All of the others in this collection were just okay. The first story I mentioned features headless sculptures coming to life, murdering young people and using their decapitated heads to speak which was unsettling to say the least. The titular story features a disturbed child that's been horribly disfigured by abuse. His insane mother finds beauty in skinless bodies. She uses acidic beauty treatments on herself and her child in an effort to create a way of removing their skin like a suit to become more beautiful. Needless to say, the child abuse and the gradual removal of peeling flesh as a result of the severe treatments were very uncomfortable to read about.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rue

    Plot ★★★☆☆ Art ★★★★★ Characters ★★☆☆☆ Average: 3.3 I saw some of Ito's work before reading this and actually thought that it seemed quite nice. This one, however, was definitely a bad start for someone who is trying to get into his work. From the stories to the art, everything felt somewhat dull and not as mesmerizing as the little snippets I had seen around the internet. The ideas for the stories were quite interesting but it didn't actually tap into the horror aspect much, or at least not as much Plot ★★★☆☆ Art ★★★★★ Characters ★★☆☆☆ Average: 3.3 I saw some of Ito's work before reading this and actually thought that it seemed quite nice. This one, however, was definitely a bad start for someone who is trying to get into his work. From the stories to the art, everything felt somewhat dull and not as mesmerizing as the little snippets I had seen around the internet. The ideas for the stories were quite interesting but it didn't actually tap into the horror aspect much, or at least not as much as I had anticipated. Hopefully, the next one gives me some of that shine I've been expecting.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Orrin Grey

    I wasn't sure what I was going to get when I picked up Flesh Colored Horror. I knew it was short pieces by Junji Ito, but I wasn't sure if it was going to be retreads of stuff I'd already read in Museum of Terror or what. Turns out, while the story that opens Flesh Colored Horror (the excellent "Long Hair in the Attic") was in Museum of Terror, the rest were new to me. Fortunately, being Junji Ito, they're all pretty great, and I particularly liked "Beehive" and "Headless Sculptures," but the sto I wasn't sure what I was going to get when I picked up Flesh Colored Horror. I knew it was short pieces by Junji Ito, but I wasn't sure if it was going to be retreads of stuff I'd already read in Museum of Terror or what. Turns out, while the story that opens Flesh Colored Horror (the excellent "Long Hair in the Attic") was in Museum of Terror, the rest were new to me. Fortunately, being Junji Ito, they're all pretty great, and I particularly liked "Beehive" and "Headless Sculptures," but the stories collected here aren't quite on par with the ones in Museum of Terror, and since the presentation isn't as good either, I'd definitely recommend checking that one out first, and only coming to Flesh Colored Horror if you're a Junji Ito completist (and really, why wouldn't you be?).

  7. 4 out of 5

    Deviki

    WOW another book that made my day :)

  8. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    That "Headless sculptures" story. Ew.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Terézia

    Recurring theme: Beauty Recurring emotion: what I go into Junji Ito's work chronologically, so I have not that much to compare it to, except for Tomie. The art has improved compared to his first published chapter, as have his storytelling, and it show that the mangaka is indeed creative with his work. Very... Very creative. Long Hair in the Attic 3.7 At first, I did not feel any particular way towards this story, nor the second time (I was rereading the first three chapters after few months of a bre Recurring theme: Beauty Recurring emotion: what I go into Junji Ito's work chronologically, so I have not that much to compare it to, except for Tomie. The art has improved compared to his first published chapter, as have his storytelling, and it show that the mangaka is indeed creative with his work. Very... Very creative. Long Hair in the Attic 3.7 At first, I did not feel any particular way towards this story, nor the second time (I was rereading the first three chapters after few months of a break). The pacing, even though I know this is a one-shot, felt rushed for me, so I was unable to get into it. But that is about as much as to what I did not like. Japanese horror is very much about the "show, don't tell," and Junji Ito incorporated this very well. Because of that, perhaps, as a Westerner I felt little impatient with the story I did not develop suspense reading it. But the ending was marvelous, giving me all the morbid satisfaction. Approval 4.8 This has to be my favourite story of the bunch, and reading it twice showed me all the little details that in the end would fall into place. Exciting stuff. Not scary in the horror-y, gore-y sense, this rating is more biased. It evoked frustration and dread I did not feel since reading 1984 (though they are not similar stories). Beehive 3.4 A peculiar story about a peculiar hobby. I saw the twist coming. But seeing the main man figuring it out was deeply pleasing. Now that I think about it, I like the story more that the first one, but the endings have exact reverse reactions from me. This rating is perhaps becoming too emotional. Dying Young 3.1 "I'd rather die young and pretty... Than be ugly and old." Supposedly, people liked this story very much, but to me it just did not make the cut. You know the saying "Beauty dies young" rings true here, and cannot help but wait for the end of this vanity fair .. it ended up not so memorable. As if something was still missing, and this story was still only half-way there. Headless Sculptures 4.3 Faces are pointless in art. Human faces express so much, but the faces in famous paintings... With few exceptions, those faces show either no expression or thin smiles. So... who really needs it? This chapter was a hell of a ride. Should've seen it coming, but did not. Flesh-Colored Horror 3.8 But [Chikara] has a very young, pretty mother... Hopefully, he'll look like her one day... A bizarre, grotesque finale to the volume. It was weird, but it did its job of bestowing unsettling feelings upon me as a reader. I did not want to see that, but it happened. Usually, such ludicrous macabre does not get high rating from me... But I felt invested in the characters, with one exception, and those pulled the rating higher. Overall rating: 3.85 stars Recommended: Yes, to fans of Japanese Horror and of Junji Ito. Probably not to someone who needs more realistic depictions,.. or having the story explained at the end.

  10. 5 out of 5

    JL Shioshita

    We leave the seductive Tomie behind and are treated to a selection of short disturbing tales. Long Hair in the Attic - one of Ito's favorite topics, beauty, and a J-horror staple, long black hair. Permission - a somber little tragic ghost story. The Bee Hive - honeycomb obsessions! Dying Young - the pursuit of beauty rears it's ugly head again. Headless Statues - art is creation, but what if you make your creations incomplete. Flesh Coloured Horror - the titular story is a crazy mixture of mad scien We leave the seductive Tomie behind and are treated to a selection of short disturbing tales. Long Hair in the Attic - one of Ito's favorite topics, beauty, and a J-horror staple, long black hair. Permission - a somber little tragic ghost story. The Bee Hive - honeycomb obsessions! Dying Young - the pursuit of beauty rears it's ugly head again. Headless Statues - art is creation, but what if you make your creations incomplete. Flesh Coloured Horror - the titular story is a crazy mixture of mad science, beauty products, and Cronenbergish body horror.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Greg Kerestan

    Is Junji Ito... funny? The novella-length "Flesh-Colored Horror," centerpiece of Volume 3, is the first serious suggestion that Ito has a sense of humor buried in his body-horror; the reveal of the skinless "muscle people" is played for macabre thrills, but is tonally much closer to a seriocomic Doctor Who "monster of the week" episode. The shorts in this one are hit or miss: "Long Hair in the Attic" feels like a retread of Ito's other "Hair Horror," and "Approval" is weak, but "Headless Statues Is Junji Ito... funny? The novella-length "Flesh-Colored Horror," centerpiece of Volume 3, is the first serious suggestion that Ito has a sense of humor buried in his body-horror; the reveal of the skinless "muscle people" is played for macabre thrills, but is tonally much closer to a seriocomic Doctor Who "monster of the week" episode. The shorts in this one are hit or miss: "Long Hair in the Attic" feels like a retread of Ito's other "Hair Horror," and "Approval" is weak, but "Headless Statues" has a cool setup and gives Ito an excuse to use his "cluster of heads" trope.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Abby

    The stories are so amazing and I'm proud to say that I've been addicted to it! I was so engrossed to reading that I actually enjoyed it so much and I can say, I WANT MOREEEEE! I actually finished the whole THWOJI Collection and it almost took me a month to finish the whole collection but it's just so worth it! Junji Ito is really one of my favorite manga author! I love his works!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Leigha

    Short story collections are a hit and miss for me, whether manga format or text format. The stories are so short and then it ends. Boo! I liked most of these stories, but I feel the same here as I feel for most other short story collections, I just wish they were longer and more fleshed out. "Beehive" is the one I was most meh about, the others were between 3-4 stars.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Azur

    A mix of some strong and some weak stories. I wonder if the beautifying disease was inspired by consumption. When frail beauty was en vogue, victims of consumption were said to turn prettier and prettier until they died. It was even a common trope in many stories back then.

  15. 5 out of 5

    DeAnna Knippling

    I'm going to go out a ledge and say that the Tomie sequence was slightly better...the endings here aren't quite as disturbing (maybe because you don't have the extra frisson of knowing that, yes, the monsters in this sequence will be baaaa-aaack). Still a fun read.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Nisa Greennnpanda

    Rating: 3 stars The Itou Junji Kyoufu Collection 3 is a collection of horror short stories with various characters. For those who are interested to start reading Ito's horror mangas, this is a good start.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Megan Asche

    I love this short story collection! Definately one of my favorites to be translated into english. For personal reference: this book has the story with the hair, the story about "beauty treatments", the story with sculptures, and the story with giant asian hornets.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ahmed El-Sharawy

    *long hair in the attic* 2.5 stars liked the attic part :D *Approval* 1 star *beehive* i liked the melancholy feeling of the story 3 stars *dying young* 1 star *headless statues* 1 stars *flesh colored horror* 3 stars سلسلة قصص قصيرة حلوة

  19. 4 out of 5

    Chris Parsons

    3.5 - The last of my Junji Ito binge for the year. Headless Sculptures was the best.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Marilena

    Some good moments in here.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Abby

    The last two stories are going to haunt me for a while... Very reminiscent of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz. The pictures stick with you more than the stories themselves.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mnemoyne

    It's just weird. There's nothing more to it. Kinda graphic. Not really that scary just gruesome.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Nour Kadry

    Actual rating: 3.5 ⭐️ Favorite stories: Flesh-colored horror / Dying young.

  24. 4 out of 5

    João Gabriel

    didn't care much for the first 5 but that last chapter-- holy shit i lowkey wish i could do that too :s

  25. 4 out of 5

    Neven

    A bit less polished than some of his other books, but Junji Ito is always a "pleasant" read.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Hesper

    The title is lurid, but the horror is solid. There is a little bit for everyone here: revenge from beyond the grave, mad science, bad seeds, tortured art and mysterious illnesses. Better known for Uzumaki, Volume 1 and 富江―The complete comics of Tomie, both of which were made into movies, Junji Ito's sensibilities are deliciously bizarre, even Lovecraftian. This volume collects together six macabre tales representing some of Ito's earliest work (1988 to 1994). Pulp meets Grand Guignol here, and any The title is lurid, but the horror is solid. There is a little bit for everyone here: revenge from beyond the grave, mad science, bad seeds, tortured art and mysterious illnesses. Better known for Uzumaki, Volume 1 and 富江―The complete comics of Tomie, both of which were made into movies, Junji Ito's sensibilities are deliciously bizarre, even Lovecraftian. This volume collects together six macabre tales representing some of Ito's earliest work (1988 to 1994). Pulp meets Grand Guignol here, and anyone who's watched Tales From the Crypt will definitely recognize a similar aesthetic. Even at his briefest, Ito is adept at delivering a grim story in a uniquely tongue-in-cheek way.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Hasnain Bahleem

    I binged read all the way thru ito works because what can i say i have a palate for Japanese horror mangas! I am not new to the horror genre i have read many horror mangas but junji ito is by far in a league of his own! His stories are concrete with a substantial plot not just a ghost here there willy nilly but with a purpose and un seemingly normal stories which turn out to be ur worst nightmares!! I don't believe what anyone else says jungi ito is by far the in my eyes the greatest horror mang I binged read all the way thru ito works because what can i say i have a palate for Japanese horror mangas! I am not new to the horror genre i have read many horror mangas but junji ito is by far in a league of his own! His stories are concrete with a substantial plot not just a ghost here there willy nilly but with a purpose and un seemingly normal stories which turn out to be ur worst nightmares!! I don't believe what anyone else says jungi ito is by far the in my eyes the greatest horror manga author out there!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Anña Karenina

    This my favorite next to the Uzumaki Series this manga is simply amazing just amazing I love the mannequin story just amazing keep it up Junji Ito.

  29. 4 out of 5

    janna

    My favorite one is 'Long Hair in the Attic', I wasn't expecting that!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Hoff The Librarian

    The translations had some difficulty at times, but the creativity was unparalleled. I love J-Horror.

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