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I meant to post this yesterday as my big Halloween post but my schedule got in the way it is. It's been posted a couple of times here before but the images are dead.

For those not familiar with this, it's probably one of Ito's most famous stories.

Following an earthquake in an unnamed prefecture, a fault near to the epicentre of the quake is discovered on Amigara Mountain (the name Amigara meaning "empty shell").

Owaki, a hiker, is lost on the mountain.

Scientists examining the holes announce that there is no way to find out how deep into the mountain the holes go. The holes are not natural and must have been dug from the inside. They figure that the accumulation of soil over the centuries eventually sealed up the entrance, yet they have no way of knowing why the holes were made or who would have the technology to do it.

Owaki sees Yoshida looking for something, and asks what. She explains she came here because on TV, she had seen a hole in her own shape. She swears it is her exact silhouette and was meant for her. Owaki's sceptical, but another man called Nakagaki overhears and says that the same thing happened to him.

The scientists' equipment can find no trace of Nakagaki. A rescue squad is dispatched, but have to retreat after getting no more than five meters inside the hole. 

Owaki camps out overnight and has a nightmare in which he is Nakagaki.

When Owaki awakes, Nakagaki hasn't been found. Yoshida tells Owaki that she has found her own hole at the foot of the mountain.

In front of a news crew reporting on Nakagaki's disappearance, a man climbs up to one of the holes. He shouts "This is my hole! It was made for me!" and disappears inside. All the people present at the site begin climbing into "their" holes.

They kiss.

That night, Owaki has another dream. In this one, he is a criminal in the past who has committed a horrific crime. His sentence is to enter inside a hole in the mountain that was dug out for him.

Owaki wakes to find that Yoshida has unblocked her hole and disappeared into it.

As he sits mournfully by the mountain, he hears a noise and to his horror sees his own hole beside him.

Date: 2013-11-01 11:24 pm (UTC)
rainspirit: (what the hell)
From: [personal profile] rainspirit
Oh no, not this comic!

*runs off and hides*

Date: 2013-11-01 11:44 pm (UTC)
superfangirl1: (Default)
From: [personal profile] superfangirl1
This one always freak me out.


Date: 2013-11-01 11:57 pm (UTC)
captainbellman: It Was A Boojum... (Default)
From: [personal profile] captainbellman
I can't help but hear that last soldier as Harry Shearer's Principal Skinner voice.

"Something horrible is very slowly coming this way!"

Date: 2013-11-02 12:51 am (UTC)
lissa_quon: (Default)
From: [personal profile] lissa_quon
As per tradition I have to attach this everytime this comic is posted.

Date: 2013-11-02 03:26 am (UTC)
supermanda: (Default)
From: [personal profile] supermanda

Date: 2013-11-02 07:18 am (UTC)
ilmari: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ilmari
Often parodied indeed - this is my favorite (as a brony, obviously):

Date: 2013-11-02 07:21 am (UTC)
lissa_quon: (Default)
From: [personal profile] lissa_quon
*snerk* hadn't seen this one before. That's pretty funny.

Date: 2013-11-02 11:56 am (UTC)
espanolbot: (Default)
From: [personal profile] espanolbot
Oh, Lyra. ^^ You strange human-fetishist.

Date: 2013-11-02 11:54 pm (UTC)
icon_uk: (Default)
From: [personal profile] icon_uk
Well, that might explain the Equestria Girls

Date: 2013-11-03 01:34 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] thezmage
I'm afraid I don't know how to post this as an image.

Date: 2013-11-03 07:48 pm (UTC)
icon_uk: (Default)
From: [personal profile] icon_uk
Should have known the interwebs would have beaten me to it.

Oh and you post an image using

[img src=""]

but replacing the [ with < and the ] with >

Date: 2013-11-03 07:12 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mrosa

Date: 2013-11-02 03:26 am (UTC)
supermanda: (Default)
From: [personal profile] supermanda
Whaaaat is this omg

Date: 2013-11-02 01:30 pm (UTC)
althechi: (WHAT)
From: [personal profile] althechi
Probably still his masterpiece.

Date: 2013-11-02 01:44 pm (UTC)
kurenai_tenka: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kurenai_tenka
Hahahaha I saw which one this was and scrolled past. It freaks me out waaay too much.

Date: 2013-11-02 01:52 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] thezmage
Nice of them to cut the hole in such a way as to accommodate his haircut. Especially considering the guy in one of the pages you didn't post had to remove his glasses to fit.

I never really found this one all that scary, personally. While I am totally claustrophobic, I just don't understand/relate to everybody going in the holes despite the fact that they don't want to. No need to cover it with rocks, if you don't want to go in the hole, then just turn around and go home.

Date: 2013-11-02 04:38 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] penguinzero
It's pretty strongly implied that there's at least some paranormal component to this all -- with the strange dreams, and of course the mysterious compulsion to come to the fault after seeing it on TV, and then the sudden intuitive understanding that they need to go in their personal hole.

It's not like humans are strangers to having compulsions we know are bad for us but can't resist, after all. I mean, imagine if it was an alcoholic trembling at the idea that sooner or later she's going to pick up the bottle again, and probably do something horribly self-destructive. And a friend tosses the bottle in the trash can and thinks that's the end of it, only to wake up in the middle of the night and find she's fished it out...

Date: 2013-11-02 06:40 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] q99
You don't want to, but you *have* to. The hole is made for you. You can feel it tugging at you as much as it horrifies you!

Date: 2013-11-02 03:22 pm (UTC)
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Date: 2013-11-02 09:55 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] silverhammerman
Who recognizes their own silhouette? I mean shit, mine is just kind of person shaped, I wouldn't be able to identify it from among many the way I would my own face. I mean, there's the vague mystical explanation and all that, but still.

I think maybe the reason I always find Junji Ito stories just a little unsatisfying is that the characters simply don't act in a way that is relatable to me. They always operate on a very specific sort of horror story logic and it just doesn't feel natural or logical to me. I get that maybe that's supposed to add to the horror, that nothing makes sense and everything is just terrifying, but it prevents me from investing in the stories.

Date: 2013-11-03 12:00 am (UTC)
icon_uk: (Default)
From: [personal profile] icon_uk
I don't think it's ever suggested anything to do with recognising a particular silhouette, they just... know at a deep, fundamental level, that a particular hole is their hole.

Oh, and if horror movie logic causes you problems, then I suspect you might enjoy THIS movie ;)

Date: 2013-11-03 07:20 pm (UTC)
mrosa: (Default)
From: [personal profile] mrosa
Ha ha! That movie needs to happen.

Date: 2013-11-03 12:21 am (UTC)
sadoeuphemist: (Default)
From: [personal profile] sadoeuphemist
I find that Ito's really adept at finding metaphors for fundamental human anxieties. In this case it's the need to believe that god or nature or society or whatever has a purpose for us. Yoshida has felt alone and unloved her whole life, and even though she is terrified of slipping into her hole and becoming trapped in it, the idea of finding the one place in the world where she belongs holds this irresistible compulsion to her. Owaki goes in his hole after he fails to protect the woman he loved. Even though he knows the holes are a punishment, the idea of an ancient judgement tailored just for him seems inevitable in the light of his failure and loss.

Date: 2013-11-05 09:55 am (UTC)
ar_feiniel: (pietro)
From: [personal profile] ar_feiniel
Gaaahhh, this one!

Thanks for sharing.


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