Yeah even for Junji Ito this was cray cray. My close friend Trickie and me were talking about Junji Ito this afternoon and we got into talking about how his manga basically stop being scary and often just run off the deep end into being hysterical. I don’t know if I would ever go as far to say that Ito’s manga have ever terrified me, creeped out yes and he is indeed a genius but man is it unintentionally hilarious.

Trickie told me that the funniest Ito manga she’d ever read was a little title named Hellstar Remina and after accepting my beloved friend’s challenge I would have to say I whole heartedly agree with her.

Spoilers Ahead

As the title of my review says this was a pretty direct send-off to H.P. Lovecraft’s theme of otherwordly madness inspiring aliens. Our story starts with a scientist finding a giant star or something and naming it after his daughter. This is Japan, so naturally she becomes a Idol for some reason. Just go with it before things get silly. Turns out that the planet Remina is actually alive and wanders the cosmos in a Unicron-esque fashion looking for worlds to devour and he very quickly makes his way to Earth obviously.

Classic Ito.

Classic Ito.

Let me get something out there; People in Ito manga are beyond stupid. They always have this hilarious mob mentality and they do absolutely crazy things, so immediately they all believe it must be Remina the person’s fault that Remina the planet is coming to eat Earth. Some witch hunts ensue that are pretty comical.

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Burn the witch!

This is probably the funniest panel I have ever seen.

This is probably the funniest panel I have ever seen. Thanks KKK Witchhunter!

So she gets out and we delve into the start of true insanity and I lost it laughing multiple times at this point. Remina manages to get free because… uh… well, the Planet Remina licks earth and it makes a huge tsunami among other things that start to mess up the centrifugal force of Earth’s gravity. I don’t know, science probably doesn’t work like this but there’s a giant Lovecraft planet so whatever.

Remina the person meets a homeless dude who instantly becomes the best character in the manga because holy crap- Earth’s gravity messes up and he starts Dragon Ball Z fighting the KKK Witchhunter in the funniest scene ever.

The KKK Witchhunter has some fun with Remina when there isn't any gravity. Too much fun, look at him, this is silly.

The KKK Witchhunter has some fun with Remina when there isn’t any gravity. Too much fun, look at him, this is silly. This is crazy, Ito, this is a comedy you aren’t scary wow.

 

The homeless dude moments away from firing the homeless version of the Kamehamaha, which while slightly less powerful is efficiently fueled by alcoholism.

The homeless dude moments away from firing the homeless version of the Kamehamaha, which while slightly less powerful is efficiently fueled by alcoholism and regret.

You may be asking yourself how much crazier this can get from here. Well, I could tell you about how the rich people of Earth decide on fleeing Earth to go live on Planet Remina in all of its horrific splendor only to find out after going there how dumb a decision that was, or I could tell you how every person in the world chases after Remina the Person and homeless dude in a gravity free-for-all madness fest the likes of which are only possible to come up with after a really, really bad trip.

You thought I was joking but no. I meant it, THE WHOLE WORLD.

You thought I was joking but no. I meant it, THE WHOLE WORLD.

Yeah,

Just to further prove my point.

Just to further prove my point.

Some hilarious twists happen soon after. KKK Witchhunter is suddenly revealed to be the president of her idol fanclub who turned evil INSTANTLY after she didn’t immediately fall in love with him when her boyfriend died. A moment of silence for all those lost in the friendzone.

To top it all off, the heroes hide in a bomb shelter which is conveniently the only damn thing to survive after Earth is eaten by Remina the planet. All’s well that ends well?

All things considered this was a remarkably optimistic ending for a Junji Ito manga. That's saying something...

All things considered this was a remarkably optimistic ending for a Junji Ito manga. That’s saying something…

So that was how I spent an hour of my time tonight. I recommend you do the same if you want some laughs.

Going to end this review with a quote from my dear Trickie.

“I remember first reading this and getting to the part where he’s dbz fighting the klan guy and I was like “wait, what the fuck am I even reading here””