Gyo

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Gyo is a Seinen horror manga by Junji Ito, also known for creating Uzumaki and The Enigma of Amigara Fault (which, incidentally, is an extra story in the back of the second volume).

During World War II, the Imperial Japanese Army commissioned a secret experiment to create biological weapons. The end result - a deadly bacterium that infected corpses and released nauseous gases, and a walking mechanism fueled by these gases, for the purpose of spreading infection. This plan was averted when the ship carrying the bio-weapon was sunk by American bombers during the war - but the bio-weapon remains active, infecting the sea life and spreading back into Japan in the form of undead walking fish... Then the scientists look at it, and it's pretty clear that no human hands could have designed the walking mechanisms, though it's never made quite clear what's behind it. Oh, the ghosts of all who died in wars undersea, you say? Wait. What?

It gets worse.

The manga was turned into a movie by ufotable. The movie takes plenty of artistic liberties with Kaori becoming the protagonist as well as there being new side characters in the form of Kaori's two unlikable friends. The plot itself is radically changed. Basically only the events in the background and several of the set piece scenes remain reasonably intact. The movie admits how far-fetched the events are and outright says that people need to find their own meaning.


Tropes used in Gyo include:



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