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GYO or fully titled as "ギョ うごめく不気味" and titled in English as "Gyo: Tokyo Fish Attack".

I don't remember how I found out that there was a movie adaptation of this but ever since that day I tried to watch it. When I finally found a copy I was actually a little hesitant to the point that I was putting off on watching this cause I remembered that Uzumaki had a movie adaptation and it sucked. At the time I didn't even know who Junji Ito is but I know the movie adaptation of Uzumaki sucked. But this is animated and I thought there were crazy things in Uzumaki and it didn't work right for live movie adaptation so maybe this'll be different.

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The story follows Kaori, she and her friends Aki and Erika were in a graduation trip to a vacation house in Okinawa owned by Tadashi's uncle. Tadashi is Kaori's fiance and he didn't go due to the fact he didn't like being near the ocean. As soon as Kaori and her friends arrive in the house, they were greeted by a foul stench and later a little creature started running around the house. Kaori was able to kill it by trapping it in between the wall and a cabinet and later she threw it away. However this creature which is a fish with legs manages to escape and float away in the plastic bag it is thrown in. After the incident Kaori told Tadashi about the incident and the next day more fishes with legs infested the streets of Okinawa. It was just running around the city but later a shark with legs attacked Kaori and her friends. They escaped with Erika a little wounded. After being cut off from their phone call with Tadashi, the worried Kaori hurried to go back to Tokyo to find her fiance. In the station, Kaori met Shirikawa a reporter. There Shirikawa learned that Kaori is going to Tokyo to find her fiance. Getting a lead that a man named Koyanagi might have answers, Shirikawa decided to tag along Kaori knowing that Koyanagi is Tadashi's uncle.

I usually would say that the source material is the best but this one is good too. I'm not saying it was the best rendition but it is good enough to watch if you are too lazy to read the manga.

The one thing I like about this is the reversal of roles. In the manga the main protagonist is Tadashi and I remember being annoyed with Kaori because she complains a lot due to her hyper sensitive sense of smell. But in this story, Kaori is the lead character and somehow it made the story tolerable to watch.

The flow of story was good and almost like the original story. I also like that they cut off the original ending of the manga cause that part in the manga made me crave for more. It was represented in a simpler way in the ending of the movie.

The animation was simple and not to overwhelming to watch. No details to watch out for, basically it was focused more on the characters. There were some 3D animation in there but not a lot. One thing that I noticed is that they are tried to capture Junji Ito's style but most of it are on the characters's eyes. Which I think is cool as a nudge to Junji Ito and a way to catch the attention of the watchers. To me it was a little weird, couldn't they just darken that part? But then again it does work.

However there were also some scenes that seemed unecessary like Erika's threesome scene, the tentacle-rape-like of Kaori and a couple naked/suggestive scenes. I normally don't wait for the end credits but it made me watch it intently. I was hoping and praying that Junji Ito has nothing to do with the movie script cause that was just seriously unecessary. And thank goodness he's not.

Would I recommend this? Yes, for those too lazy to read a 19 chapters story. But I seriously would still urge and recommend read the manga.

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