Tomie: Forbidden Fruit – Backseat Critique

Robyns back to look at a 2002 Junji Ito adaptation requested by a Patron!

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Screams from the Netherworld of fandom. Diamanda Hagan, reviews movies and rants about them online.


  1. lilith_ascennding

    Strangely enough, I hate body horror but I love Tomie and a few other mangas by Junji Ito (The Enigma of Amigara Fault is definitely one of them). I think it’s because there’s always more of a psychological aspect to the scares and gore than just gore for gore’s sake, which honestly makes it more terrifying. There are still some Ito stories I will never read/have regretted reading (Glyceride made me want to vomit and gave me nightmares for 2 days and Uzumaki is way too disturbing for me so I won’t even touch that one with a twenty foot bendy pole.) but those are actually far and few. I’d highly recommend the Fragments of Horror collection that got released a few years ago since it has some really good stories in there. So back to Tomie (lol), this is so far the only one of the “Big Three” Ito mangas that I have read in its entirety (I might read Gyo and I’m never reading Uzumaki. Fuck those spiral corspes, they are way too gross for me.) I love how intriguing and disgusting Tomie and the people she encounters truly are. Those stories have stuck in my head ever since I read the scanlations a few years back. I’d love to own the mangas, but it’s a bitch trying to find a paper copy of it. I’ll find a way though!!! Soooo, good review 🙂

  2. From what I’ve heard from a few Japanese friends, the current issue regarding homosexuality in Japan is that gay relationship are kinda seen as “training wheels” for a “real” relationship. That’s why you see a lot of schoolgirl lesbians, they are expected to outgrow it and get a husband later ( and the same for gay men ). Intersteingly ive also heard this is why sailor Uranus and Neptune in sailor moon were a big deal in Japan, they were adults who didn’t outgrow their lesbianism. Long story short, gay relationships are harmless practise.

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