The Bully

Oct. 23rd, 2016 07:09 pm
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Warning: This story deals with child abuse and bullying.

Right to left, as usual.

The story opens with two lovers, Yutaro and Kuriko, sitting a playground. Kuriko tells Yutaro that she doesn't know if, once she tells him her story, that he will still want to get married to her.

She says she used to come to the playground because she wanted to hang out with him.

Eventually the boy, Nao, becomes attached to her. He keeps on wanting to play with her and he quickly becomes an annoyance. One day, as a joke, she says she wants to tell him a secret and then screams into his ear. She asks if she scared him, and he tells her there's a humming in his ears.

Eventually the bullying grows worse and worse, but because of the initial kindness, he keeps on coming back to him. At one point, she becomes concerned that he told his mother about the bullying. Nao insists that he didn't, but to prove it, Yuriko insists that he visit the neighborhood dog (who is called "Devil").

After that, she ran away and never saw him again as his mother moved with him. Back in the present, the woman tells Yutaro that she was a horrible child, but he is unbothered, saying that's how kids are. She says that there's an epilogue to the story, however...she bumped into Nao the other day.

The two bond, with Nao claiming to have enjoyed his childhood with her.

Four years later, Hiroshi is a small child and Kuriko is struggling to be a single mother. It's tough, and one day she snaps and calls him Nao. Hiroshi is confused.

Date: 2016-10-23 11:54 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] steverequin
Oh goodie, a japanese Harleen Quinzel.

Date: 2016-10-24 12:40 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lb_lee
Thanks for posting all this Junji Ito! I hadn't read much of his stuff before, and it's so good for this Halloween!

Date: 2016-10-24 11:56 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kurenai_tenka
Seconding the thanks for posting! I miss when these were posted all the time.

Date: 2016-10-25 12:48 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mastermahan
Of all of Junji Ito's horror, this is the story that really disturbs me. Unlike most of his work, there's nothing supernatural here. It's just a cycle of cruelty and abuse told by Ito's unique art.


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