- Mangaka : Junji Ito
- Publisher : VIZ Media
- Genre : Fantasy, Horror, Supernatural, Thriller
- Published : August 2021
In this day and age, Junji Ito has made himself as a legend when it comes to horror manga. His works have expanded and extended its goosebump-inducing reach to anime and film. As eerie as the manga are, the animated adaptations have their own unique eerie vibes about them. The fandom may be divided as to whether one medium is superior to the other, but everybody will unanimously agree that Junji Ito is a master of his craft. That said, yet another of his great works, Sensor, hits the English limelight.
Unlike most of Junji Ito’s works, Sensor is a standalone series that is contained within a few chapters. The series follows a certain girl that’s been attracted by an inexplicable power to go to Mount Sengoku. There, the girl meets a peculiar village worshipping strands of golden hair that came from a volcano. With Junji Ito’s signature storytelling, it obviously didn’t end there. After the volcano erupted and covered her in a golden hair cocoon, one weird thing after another started to occur.
1. Just as What We Expect
As we've already stated, Junji Ito is a master of his craft. Just knowing that Sensor is a work of his already elicits a set of expectations, albeit voluntarily or involuntarily. Sensor meets those expectations and did Junji Ito justice. Sensor is exactly what you will think of yet another Junji Ito story. Unlike other horror manga that focus on demons and whatnot, Junji Ito uses disturbing concepts that are borderline creepy and humane.
2. Surprisingly Grotesque
With a Junji Ito story, we just don’t know what could possibly happen next. After all, Junji Ito is known for his unique way of thinking. In this aspect, Sensor has shocked us in various scenarios. For one, the moment the hypnotherapist became obsessed with the female lead and his transformation to a terrifyingly enlarged facial organ or to the point of him exploding into thousands or even millions of neurons in outer space.
3. Great Story
As great as Junji Ito is, it doesn’t mean that he never commits mistakes or that his works are flawless. Being perfectly honest, some of his short stories just fall flat. For Sensor, however, things are quite different. Sensor is very neatly paced and is overall interesting. It doesn’t waste space from including unnecessary bits, and the premise itself is quite fascinating. The plot is quite simple and linear, but the mystery of not knowing what possible monstrosity Junji Ito can come up with manages to maintain that sort of horror.
There really isn’t much to say. The bane of a famous individual is his own fame. The higher the threads, the higher the expectations of people are also. Sensor has definitely reached the standard of other Junji Ito series. That being said, Sensor is a creepy but really interesting series.