Sensor junji ito

Sensor, Manga Review

Sensor by author and illustrator Junji Ito

Junji Ito is the master of horror manga. I read any book that he puts out. Sensor is a recent addition to his library and it’s a mediocre one. It has all of his style but falls flat on the story and meaning.

The basic premise is that a young woman is drawn into a mysterious town that has a hair curse on it. The town has been covered in golden hair that has mystical powers. Everyone who resides in the town is affected.

A dark hair cult develops to counter this golden hair town. They desire to unlock the knowledge of the universe by gaining access to the power of the golden hair. How any of this is done or would be done is largely left to our imaginations.

Ito is not known for providing in depth explanations of his supernatural horror elements. It’s not really necessary. The reader just needs to accept that this hair has powers and people are drawn to that. Makes about as much sense as anything else.

The oddest part about Sensor is how religious it gets by the end. Specifically, with Christian mythology. That was a bit unexpected for me and I didn’t much care for it.

Additionally, in an epilogue, Ito explains that the characters of Sensor refused to go along with the story he originally had in mind and that this is the result of what the characters were willing to do. Now, I don’t write fiction, I’m not sure if this is a common problem for writers. But it was fascinating to me to think about these characters disagreeing with the author.

Ito is a strange character himself and I will continue to read anything that is translated to english from him. Not all of these manga are instant classics but they always have something worth reading.

3/5 long hairs 💇‍♀️💇‍♀️💇‍♀️

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