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The Liminal Zone: 12/23/22

The Liminal Zone

The Liminal Zone by Junji Ito (2022) is a collection of four horror story manga. Each one focuses on a place of transformation.

The first story is about a village of professional weeping woman. It's only visible to those who need it most. Unfortunately a woman with the potential to be the next great weeping woman happens to get to near the village and begins crying uncontrollably.

La Llorona, she isn't. Nor are any of the other professional weeping women. Though the village profits from their abilities, they aren't grieving for lost ones or for their own sins. The universe has decided they need to cry and that's that. The lack of explanation, the lack of an out, gives this story an unsatisfying ending.

The second story is set in Aokigahara, the suicide forest. A man with a terminal goes to kill himself with his girl friend's blessing. Except they end up finding a transformative spirit river and both end up rather monstrous, though she more than he.

The other two follow this trend where the woman in the couple gets it in the teeth. She either dies or becomes the monster. It's rather misogynistic.

Three stars

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