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The single-story focus helps Tomb Town grow into one of the richest stories in the anthology.
This summary of The Netflix anime anthology Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre Season 1 Episode 7, “Tomb Town” contains spoilers.
Junji Ito madman abandons the two-story structure in its seventh installment to instead deliver a broader and more focused adaptation of Street of Tombstones (or tomb city) from The circus is here. It’s a story about the literal manifestation of guilt, wrongdoing, and self-interested attempts to cover up such things, with a different clever overall concept and some evil-looking imagery.
Junji Ito Maniac Season 1 Episode 7 Summary
The main characters here are the siblings Tsuyoshi and Kaoru, who travel to a friend named Izumi. However, on the way they fatally knock out a young girl, hide the body in the trunk of the car and try to find a way to dispose of it without anyone finding out.
However, this proves impossible as the town they are staying in is littered with tombstones, which we learn appear wherever a person dies in the town. And it’s not just people – the animals get their own little tombstones too. Of course, being unable to navigate through a blockage of tombstones is a fairly obvious metaphor for refusing to deal with the weight of one’s actions, but the episode puts this in a literal place and considers the gimmick of the story of from a logistical point of view.
For example, we see townspeople trying to manage impending deaths in terms of available space. Wherever a person dies, that’s where their tombstone shows up, and since the place is already littered with tombstones, you have to think about moving the dying before they die. It’s bleak because in a way you can absolutely see how it would happen.
The twist of the story is that the kill that killed Tsuyoshi and Kaoru was Izumi’s younger sister Ayumi and her body remains in the trunk, presumably about to turn into a tombstone at any moment and expose the crime. However, if the body is tampered with, it leaves the corpse in a state of metamorphosis and must be thrown into a special well dug for that express purpose.
Here, Tsuyoshi and Kaoru try to drop Ayumi, leading to a spiral of events towards a very grim ending. This is where the show benefits from giving a story room to breathe and develop, and it’s easy to wish more episodes were dedicated to just a single story.
You can stream the Netflix anime anthology Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre Season 1 Episode 7 “Tomb Town” exclusively on Netflix.
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