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An astronomer in a Japanese observatory, peering into his telescope one night, becomes the first person to witness a planet emerging from a wormhole. He names the planet after his daughter, Remina, and both become world-famous thanks to the unprecedented discovery. However, things take a turn for the worse when the planet enters a collision course with Earth... and the stars along the way seem to be disappearing...

A single-volume manga by Junji Ito. Like the rest of his works, it's filled to the brim with plenty of Body Horror, Eldritch Abominations, and general High Octane Nightmare Fuel.


This manga contains examples of:

  • Absurdly Spacious Sewer: Mostly averted.
  • An Aesop: Surprisingly enough for a Junji Ito story, it ends with a clear and uplifting one. No matter how badly things have gone, no matter how bleak the future seems, so long as you are still alive there is hope for something better.
  • Apocalypse How: Class X-2
  • Artistic License Physics: At one point, the earth is spun around so fast that the stars blur in the sky like the hyperspace lines in Star Wars. Aside from everyone not instantly dying from this, there is even a scene where a huge group of people are able to use the centrifugal force to fly through the air all the way around the earth and back, and some of them even survive falling back to the ground.
    • If the rest of the Earth moves with you, you're not going to die from a little spinning. But if only the earth is spinning, and the air isn't, then...
  • Ass in a Lion Skin: Played deadly serious. One of Remina's tongues inserts itself into a discarded spacesuit to lure in the Mineichi family and make them let their guard down so it can devour them. It's likely the humanoid figures from the probe footage were actually a similar trick.
  • Attempted Rape: Mineichi's son shows Remina the airtight room, claiming she'll be protected in there...and then tries to rape her. When she fights him off, he claims she came on to him, and Remina is thrown back to the mob.
  • Badass Bystander: The Hobo. Oh so, so much.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Goda gets a moment of this when he saves Remina in the midst of missiles and an earthquake. Then Mood Whiplash kicks in again.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Technically a downer, but it's strangely uplifting...
    • It's uplifting because there's still hope. They're still alive, which means there's at least a chance for a better future, even if it would take a miracle.
  • Body Horror: Don't take your helmet off on Planet Remina.
  • Broken Bird: Remina falls a bit into this, especially after the death of her father.
  • Burn the Witch: One of the many attempts to kill Remina.
  • But What About the Astronauts?: Inverted. The bases on Mars and the Moon are the first to go.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The bomb shelter.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: The Mineichi family's long-lost elder son, now a hobo.
  • Clothing Damage: By the end of the story, Remina has just enough of her dress left to cover all the important bits.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Mineichi. He's happy to sponsor Remina to boost his popularity, but he's just as happy to turn her over to an angry mob once associating with her threatens him.
  • Cosmic Horror Story: Without doubt. Although the ending ultimately defies the usual message of cosmic horror -- human life is indeed important, because with it comes hope, the potential for things to be better.
  • Crucified Hero Shot: Remina, her father and the hobo are all tied to a cross so they can be sacrificed. The angry mob stabs her father with spears, and then lights them on fire.
  • Dead Line News: An anchorman is reporting on the situation with planet Remina and the riots all over the world. Just after mentioning that an angry mob is hunting down Remina, he is attacked by two Malevolent Masked Men.

  Cultist: We interrupt this broadcast to bring you a message. We represent a concerned group of citizens who love Mother Earth. [...] There remains but one way to save the Earth. Find Professor Oguro and his daughter Remina. Destroy them.

  Ikeuchi: MY EYES MET WITH REMINA'S!

  • Guilt by Coincidence: Remina, who was born on the same day the planet emerged from the wormhole. This leads the public to believe she and her father are responsible for its appearance.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Yasumi does this by taking a knife in the back for Remina.
  • How We Got Here: The manga begins with Remina tied to a cross, surrounded by a huge crowd and a couple of shadowy figures who want to kill her, while two monstrous eyes watch the scene from the sky.
  • Humans Are Bastards: For the most part, anyway. Panicking at the thought of the coming apocalypse, the populace direct their anger towards Remina and her father, brutally murdering the latter and chasing the former around the earth.
    • Perhaps somewhat justified in that the angry masses were being egged on by te cultists, but otherwise yes - this trope is played fairly straight.

  Bum: They get you, they don't, don't mean a thing to them. They'd never stop with you now that they got a taste for it.

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