Hellstar Remina, Manga Recommendation of the Week!

Key points for Manga Recommendation – Hellstar Remina:

  • Hellstar Remina stands out as a rare and genuinely scary manga, delving into Lovecraftian horror, a departure from Junji Itou’s typical body horror themes.
  • The plot revolves around a cautionary tale, emphasizing the consequences of a small, unknown mistake and exploring the theme of facing the abyss.
  • While secondary characters facilitate the plot, the protagonist’s daughter, Remina, adds depth to the story. Junji Itou’s exceptional art brings the eerie and chaotic elements to life, making it an unparalleled and memorable experience.
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Hey, I heard you are into cosmic horror! Well, I’ve got just the thing for you. I think we don’t have enough Junji Itou on here so we are going to correct that. Don’t worry, I won’t spam him every week but I’d like to talk about his works a little more. Because I have always felt like expressing horror in anime and manga is kind of difficult but Junji Itou pulls it off effortlessly. Hellstar Remina though is different even among his works. Junji Itou mostly works with body horror but Remina is more Lovecraftian and I love it,

So yeah, welcome back to another edition of our manga recommendation series! This week we are talking about Hellstar Remina! Before we get into it, I understand that this manga is not going to appeal to everyone and that is fine. Not everyone is into Lovecraftian horror or horror in general and that is fine. With all that said, let’s get started!

Introduction

Hellstar Remina is a short manga written and illustrated by the famous horror author, Junji Itou. It isn’t even a full manga, it’s just a short story. The manga clocks in at just 7 chapters and those are compiled into a single volume. It was sterilized in the Big Comic Spirits magazine from August 2004 to June 2005. Like most of Junji Itou’s works, it does not have an anime adaptation or anything like that.

Plot

I will be purposefully vague here because it is very important to experience this story for yourself. If I give out too many details here, it will spoil your experience.

Remina is about a scientist who has discovered a planet from another universe, Ooguro Tsuneo. He is given the right to name the planet and he names it after his daughter, Remina. The planet Remina shows no fixed orbital patterns and whenever it is near a star, the star disappears. One day, Ooguro’s assistant was watching the planet. The planet stopped and looked at him in the eye. The assistant before going mad announces that Remna is heading for Earth. And sure enough, the gigantic planet arrives soon enough, consuming everything in its wake.

I love the message of this story. It is kind of a cautionary tale of how even a small unknown mistake can doom the whole planet. This story is the realization of “when you stare into the abyss, the abyss stares back”. It is something you have to experience yourself. Me talking about it here won’t do it justice because as I said, it is about the experience and no other manga has made me feel this way.

Characters

The characters in this story other than Tsuneo and Remina herself don’t really matter that much. Because the characters in this story are there to facilitate the plot. They are there to show how chaotic things would become if something of this scale happened. And they do a great job of that. You can feel the mass hysteria in this story and it feels believable because of what the people are faced with. Remina (the girl, I mean) matters because she sees her life fall apart in an instant even though she had nothing to do with it. That makes her a compelling character.

Art

It is Junji Itou’s art that completes this experience and brings it to life. Junji Itou is incredibly gifted in drawing creepy imagery that will make your stomach curl but won’t leave your mind anytime soon. His art draws your attention no matter the context and Hellstar Remina is the same. It is incomplete without his amazing art.

Summing Up

Here’s why you should check out Hellstar Remina:

  • One of the very few genuinely scary mangas
  • Lovecraftian horror
  • Amazing art
  • Unparalleled experience

That is all for now. I really recommend this manga because there isn’t anything else out there that can give you an experience quite like this. With that said, I will take my leave here. See ya!!

Also, check out my in-depth analysis of Shigaraki from MHA here!

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