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Junji Ito Maniac Season 1 Episode 8 Recap – “Layers of Terror” / “The Thing That Drifted Ashore”

January 19, 2023

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This summary of the The Netflix anime anthology Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre Season 1 Episode 8, “Layers of Terror” / “The Thing That Drifted Ashore”, contains spoilers.

Oh my god, that’s weird.

There is reason to prove that this is the most gruesome and imaginative episode of Junji Ito Crazy so far. “Layers of Fear,” adapted from a one-shot celebrating Ito’s 30th anniversary, is my pick for the most imaginatively disturbing story in the entire collection. And “The Thing That Drifted Ashore”, adapted from a short story by slug girlis a short but effective coda that offers a truly memorable visual just to top it all off.

Junji Ito Maniac Season 1 Episode 8 Recap

Most of this episode is dedicated to the first story, though, and it’s an absolute doozy. It starts in 1996 with a brief scene of a team of archaeologists discovering a long-buried skull, but we don’t find out its significance until later when we meet Reimi, her sister Narumi, and their mother in the present. daytime.

Reimi was a child TV star and received preferential treatment all her life, with her mother not being subtle about it at all, even in front of Narumi. Reimi’s mother is obsessed with how she was when she was a baby and longs to return to her life when she was two years old. Luckily, she has the opportunity to do so, but not in a way anyone other than Junji Ito would have ever imagined.

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So, in a car accident, Reimi loses half of her face, and what the doctors discover underneath is… another face. Reimi is made up exclusively of layers and layers of skin representing each year of her life, like the rings inside a tree stump. Her past literally lives within her.

It’s all tied to that skull, and Narumi, who suffers from the same disease, thinks he’s been cursed with it. Their mother, however, sees it as an opportunity. She is obsessed with Reimi and hears her two-year-old self screaming at her from within. Frantically, she begins to tear apart layer after layer of Reimi’s skin, enlisting Narumi’s help to do so, ultimately leaving only a skeleton of skin and internal organs with the head of a crying baby.

Reimi’s mother assumes she must be cursed too, so decides to peel off her own layers of skin until she reveals the 38-year-old’s version of herself, so she can birth again Remi. However, she is not cursed and simply cuts her face with a box cutter. Really horrible stuff.

And it doesn’t get much more cheerful in “The Thing That Washed Ashore,” a very short story that actually goes through a pretty wide range of emotions and ideas in a very narrow runtime. Essentially, a giant sea creature washes up on a beach, attracting a huge crowd, including the fiancé of a man who disappeared at sea seven years ago. But the sea monster’s transparent skin reveals a fate worse than death for the passengers of this doomed ship. They have all lived in the intestines of fish for years and have turned into parasites that scurry across the beach.

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This story contains horrifying images that evoke The human centipede for me, and it’s one of the few stories in this collection that’s actually better because it’s so short.

You can stream the Netflix anime anthology Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre Season 1 Episode 8, “Layers of Terror” / “The Thing That Drifted Ashore” exclusively on Netflix.

Further reading:

  • Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre Season 1 Recap.
  • Junji Ito Maniac Season 1 Episode 7 Recap.
  • Junji Ito Maniac Season 1 Episode 9 Recap.
  • Will there be a Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of Macabre Season 2?

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