Due to the unrelenting crush of ghosty bullshit that her life has become, Mimi has allowed her shitty boyfriend Naoto to convince her to come with him and his pals on a trip to a beach. Things go about as well as you’d imagine. No, no, they go worse. They -always- go worse.
Anyway, Mimi’s turned into Cassandra and is making spooky predictions that Naoto utterly brushes off despite the fact that the last time we saw him he explicitly admitted the existence of spirits. More on that later. Anyway, they sleep in their car right in front of the beach because either there’s no hotels, they’re too broke for hotels, or they’re dirtbag teenagers. She is woken up in the middle of the night in time to see a horrible sea-monster, surprising no-one.
This is probably my favorite expression so far, where she’s obviously terrified, but just as equally confused and offended, because this is another goddamn day that will be totally ruined by some stupid goddamn bullshit and she is so sick of it. It’s perfect. If that face was on someone who was watching her boyfriend make out with someone else, that would be exactly as valid – the level of shock and indignation and sinking fear is somehow exactly the same to Mimi as watching a rotting sea-monster trundle out of the waves.
Anyway, the next day Mimi is hanging out at one of the little cafes because she understandably wants to go home. Naoto thinks she was just seeing things and keeps encouraging her to stick around. Naoto wants to continue hanging out the beach at his friends (who would also have to go home), so there’s a little tension there, that gets diverted when the creepy waitress shows up
Anyway, rather than just giving them their fucking daquiri, she starts talking about ghosts and spirits. One of their friends hits on her, and while he’s busy doing that Mimi implies that Naoto is, if not cheating on her, at least a big flirt. I still have absolutely no clue why Mimi is with this asshole.
The group takes some pictures with the girl, at which point she says she can see ghosts and then names Furusawa (the guy that was hitting on her) as the one to be most careful of death. It’s too cold to bonfire, so they’re about to go back to the car when he throws himself towards the water in one of my favorite kinds of Junji Ito segments – the unexplained desperation! This is pretty close to the obsession, but more frantic, and the explicit point here is that nobody else is aware of what’s happening. Much like the girl last chapter who was the only one that could see the ash monster, Furusawa is the only one that can see what he’s seeing.
Long story short, he drowns, the snapshots of him are haunted, and the ones of the waitress are so horrifying their photographer can’t even speak of it because it’s too horrifying. The pages are gonna lose the impact if they’re described, so I’ll let you get to it yourself.
Body Horror: Check! There’s the sea-corpse at the start, and then the photographs after are full of creepy baby-ghosts pawing at Furusawa as he grins obliviously into the camera. Good stuff!
Monomaniacal Obsession: One of the funner subsets, where there’s something that only the victim is aware of, and they are going mad Universal-Horror-Film-Style to try and deal with it.
Vacant Eyes: Just once actually, when Furusawa is dead! A couple of the ghosts have white eyes, but most of them are purpilled to show maximum horror.
Big Ol’ Screams:
There may be a character bias in this one.
Douchebag Boyfriend: Naoto is such a loser. He has previously admitted to spirits existing and has also seen the hanged lady turn around and now he thinks that this is just a figment of Mimi’s imagination and he’s ALSO probably cheating on her what a piece of shit.
Fetishes Turned Into Horror: Erotic photography, bloating.