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Lovesick Dead (死びとの恋わずらい Shibito no koiwazurai ) is the fifteenth volume of the Horror World of Junji Ito series. It was originally printed in Japan in 1997. While it has not been officially released in English, it has been completely scanlated by fans, with the title "Undying Love".

All four chapters were originally published in Namuki from May to November 1996.

Lovesick Dead was adapted into a film in 2000.


CharactersEdit

Fukata Ryuusuke:Edit

The main character. Ryuusuke is a 16-year-old boy who has moved back to Nanchou-shi after ten years due to his father's job. When he was 6 years old, he upset a woman who was playing intersection fortune telling, which caused her to commit suicide. Ryuusuke feels horribly guilty about the incident and becomes uneasy when faced with the topic of the game. He has a crush on his friend Midori, but is afraid to tell her that he feels he was responsible for the death of her aunt. After Reishi Tanaka commits suicide, Ryuusuke becomes determined to hunt down the Intersection Bishounen and help people playing the game. Eventually, he gains the nickname "Dead Man" due to his increasingly sickly appearance and for being "responsible for" Reishi's suicide. His friend Teshima also spreads the rumor that Ryuusuke is the Intersection Bishounen, which causes him to be the target of obsession by nearly every girl in school. Eventually, Ryuusuke admits to Midori that he was responsible for her aunt's death. But, his admission causes Midori to meet the Intersection Bishounen, who compels her to emotionally and physically torture him before committing suicide. After finding out more details about the Intersection Bishounen and the woman's death, Ryuusuke goes to kill him. He is seemingly killed by the ghosts of the girls who played the game and the Intersection Bishounen, but in the end, he becomes the White-Clothed Bishounen, who spreads happiness to girls playing the game.


The Intersection Bishounen:Edit

A handsome, black-clothed man who wanders the streets searching for girls playing intersection fortune telling. He has an unnatural influence on any girl that asks him a question, causing them to follow his advice without question and later to kill themselves out of despair. Girls that meet him also tell their friends about him obsessively, causing more girls to become curious about him. It turns out that ten years before, his father cheated on his mother with another woman. That woman turned out to be Midori's aunt. After her death, the boy ran away from home and was never seen by his family again. The Intersection Bishounen causes a mass suicide of girls in the town and later causes their bloodied ghosts to appear in the streets. He is not killed by Ryuusuke when this one attempted, but Ryuusuke took place as the White-Clothed Bishounen, countering The Intersection Bishounen.


Shibayama MidoriEdit

A 16-year-old girl and Ryuusuke's love interest. Midori is interested in intersection fortune telling, but doesn't take it too seriously. Over the course of the story, Midori is disturbed by the way Ryuusuke treats her, as she loves him, but has no idea why he's so cold to her. She worries about him when he's labeled as the Intersection Bishounen and is the only one to know his hiding spot after he ran away from home. Eventually, Ryuusuke admits to Midori that he was responsible for the death of her aunt ten years ago. Angry and desperate, Midori tries to play the game, only to run into the real Intersection Bishounen, who tells her to hate Ryuusuke for the rest of her life. Midori is compelled to follow his advice and for the next several days, emotionally and physically tortures Ryuusuke. One day, Ryuusuke, growing increasingly worried about Midori's deteriorating mental and physical health, tells Midori that he will turn himself in to the police to save her. The love in Ryuusuke's words momentarily snap Midori out of the Intersection Bishounen's curse, and she quickly takes out a razor and cuts her own throat. As she bleeds to death, she tells Ryuusuke that she's glad that since her life is over, since she can be free from hating him.


PlotEdit

Chapter 1: The Intersection BishounenEdit

Japanese title: 四つ辻の美少年 Yotsutsuji no Bishounen

The story begins with a girl playing "Intersection Fortune Telling", the latest trend with schoolgirls in the area. The game is that the girl must stand on the corner of an intersection. When a person comes by, she covers her face and asks them for her fortune to be told. The man the girl meets tells her that her love life will be good if she keeps working hard at it. Satisfied, the girl leaves.

Meanwhile, Ryuusuke and his mother are riding the train to their new home, the town of Nanchou-shi. Ryuusuke and his family moved away from Nanchou-shi ten years before, but are now coming back permanently. The town is seemingly perpetually covered in fog and Ryuusuke is not very thrilled about moving back to town.

At the station, he and his mother meet up with his father, who tells them about the girl playing Intersection Fortune Telling. As his father explains the game to his family, Ryuusuke begins to feel uneasy.

The next day at school, Ryuusuke meets Midori Shibayama, who he had a crush on back in kindergarten, and her friend Reishi Tanaka, who tells him that the girls in school have been eagerly talking about him. When the two girls start talking about Intersection Fortune Telling, Ryuusuke gets upset and as he runs off, tells them that it's something they shouldn't touch.

That night, as Ryuusuke looks out into the fog from his room, another girl is playing the game. She sees someone walking up to her, so she hides her face with her schoolbag. It turns out to be an attractive young man. The girl asks him if her love life will be good, but he tells her that it's not worth trying.

The next day, everyone is talking about the dead freshman girl who slashed her own throat. Some girls mention that ten years before, a woman killed herself after playing Intersection Fortune Telling. Ryuusuke, who overheard the conversation, feels uneasy again. Midori watches him as he leaves the classroom. Outside, Ryuusuke freaks out over being back in town, believing that he is being punished. Ryuusuke then flashes back to ten years ago.

When he learned that he was going to be moving, he got into a fight with his parents and ran away from home. While wandering the streets, a woman came up to him. She told him that she is in love with a man and is pregnant with his child, but he's married and wants her to get an abortion. Ryuusuke rationalizes that the woman he met back then had a mental breakdown and resorted to intersection fortune telling as a way to solve her problem. Young Ryuusuke angrily tells the woman that he has no idea what she's talking about. When she asks him if her relationship with the man will work out, he tells her it won't and runs away. However, he looks back and sees the expression on her face. That night, he couldn't sleep and felt remorse over what he told her. The next day, he went back to the intersection and found her lying dead in a pool of blood. Ryuusuke now feels guilty, believing that he is responsible for the woman's death.

Midori attempts to ask Ryuusuke what's wrong, but he denies being distressed about anything. Midori then tells him that she notices he gets agitated when the subject of intersection fortune telling comes up. Although Ryuusuke attempts to change the subject, Midori tells him that ten years ago, her aunt had a married man's baby, but because the matter was never resolved, her aunt started resorting to intersection fortune telling to get help. Ryuusuke, shaken up, leaves in a hurry.

After school, Reishi catches up with Midori and asks where Ryuusuke is. Midori is hesitant to answer, so Reishi changes the subject. She asks Midori if she's heard about the Intersection Bishounen. She then explains that before the freshman girl died, she called her friends about the attractive young man in black who told her that her love life wouldn't work out. She then kept repeating the same things until she hung up. Reishi then asks Midori what's wrong. She replies by saying that Ryuusuke has been acting strange around her and she's afraid that he doesn't like her anymore. Reishi decides to take it upon herself to fix the problem

The next day, Reishi confronts Ryuusuke about his behavior. Ryuusuke feels even worse and tells Reishi that he does like Midori, but he's responsible for something bad that happened. Reishi can't get anymore out of him, so she decides to play intersection fortune telling. While waiting on the corner, she sees the Intersection Bishounen. When he stops in front of her, Reishi asks him for advice on the situation with Midori and Ryuusuke. He tells her to worry about her own love life more and walks away.

Later, Reishi tells Midori that Ryuusuke wants to end his relationship with her. She then admits she went intersection fortune telling and says that she believes the man she met was the Intersection Bishounen. She decides that she will take his advice and tells Midori that she is in love with Ryuusuke. She then runs off to confess her feelings for him. Over the next few days, Reishi attempts to get closer to Ryuusuke, but he doesn't feel like having a girlfriend at the moment. She not only becomes more aggressive in her methods, but she also becomes more sickly-looking. Eventually, Ryuusuke gets tired of her being annoying and screams at her to go away, since he likes Midori. Reishi, confused, says that she thought he was ending his relationship with Midori, but he tells her that he still won't go out with her. Reishi loses it and starts rambling on about the Intersection Bishounen and her love life. Ryuusuke tries to calm her down, but it does little good.

At school, Ryuusuke is told by a friend that another girl killed herself over intersection fortune telling and that the school she was from is not allowing students to play it any longer. He then says that all of the girls who killed themselves claimed to see the Intersection Bishounen. Meanwhile, Reishi looks on at the boys from afar.

While walking home, Ryuusuke runs into Reishi. He tells her that everyone's worried about her and that he believes he went too far that morning. However, he still loves Midori and just wants to be Reishi's friend. When he attempts to explain his actions, Reishi takes out a box cutter and slits her own throat.

Ryuusuke, feeling responsible for this death, too, decides to start helping people playing the game. When marking down where the other girls committed suicide, he finds that they are all around the same area where the woman killed herself ten years ago. In shock, Ryuusuke becomes obsessed with helping people who play the game. One night, he sees the ghosts of all of the girls who killed themselves, including Reishi. Midori becomes worried about Ryuusuke and attempts to follow him when he goes to help people, but she gets lost in the fog.

Meanwhile, Ryuusuke sees the Intersection Bishounen and attempts to catch him. Instead, he finds the ghost of the dead woman. He attempts to apologize for what happened, but she points to the right instead of saying anything. Midori, while looking for Ryuusuke, sees the Intersection Bishounen. Luckily, he passes her by without any harm and Ryuusuke meets up with her. At that instant, the fog clears and any signs of the man are gone.

Chapter 2: The Troubled WomanEdit

Japanese title: 悩む女 (Nayamu onna)

Two months later, Ryuusuke is determined to catch the Intersection Bishounen. Midori, who has been tagging along, brings some flowers with her to lay at the intersection where her aunt died. Ryuusuke is too afraid to tell Midori that he caused her aunt's death and that he saw her ghost. While praying at the corner, a woman comes up to both kids. She asks them for advice on her situation, which is exactly the same as Midori's aunt's. Horrified, Ryuusuke runs away.

Days later, Midori tells Ryuusuke that after he ran away, Midori was forced to listen to the woman talk about her problems nonstop. When she and her mother tried to give the woman advice, she wouldn't listen. Angry, Midori yelled at the woman to just have the baby. But, the next day, the woman came back to Midori's house looking for more advice about her situation. The day after that, the woman came back again looking for more advice, but only caused Midori's father to yell at her to go away or he'd call the police. The woman, desperate, takes a potted plant and hits it against her stomach, causing a miscarriage. Ryuusuke tells Midori to not feel bad, as the woman had problems anyway.

While walking home, Ryuusuke runs into the woman again. She asks him if her dead baby will ever forgive her for what she's done. Ryuusuke tells her, after much hesitation, that her baby will forgive her and runs home to get his map. After an evening of hunting for the Intersection Bishounen, Ryuusuke comes home to find the woman in his bedroom. She spends the whole night asking Ryuusuke for advice. Over the next several nights, the woman keeps coming back, asking for advice about her relationship with the married man. Frustrated, Ryuusuke tells the woman that she needs to stop focusing on her problems so much and she needs to find something to do. This angers the woman and she leaves, telling him that she won't come back.

However, the woman comes back the next night, telling Ryuusuke that in her desperation, she kidnapped and killed her boyfriend's son. Ryuusuke is shocked, but he has no idea what to do. The woman keeps coming back, asking for advice on getting a tattoo. One night, a news report comes on the television about a dead body of a child being found. Ryuusuke realizes that the body is of the child the woman murdered and he and his parents inform the police. The woman, however, seems to have gone missing.

Sometime later, Ryuusuke and Midori are walking home from school when they find a heavily tattooed woman standing at an intersection. It turns out to be the advice-seeking woman. She tells them that while playing intersection fortune telling, a handsome young man told her that in order to stop having small problems, she needs to find bigger ones. Now that she's covered in tattoos and on the run from the police, she has some big problems that she's satisfied with. The next day, the two kids learn that the woman committed suicide by setting herself on fire. That night, Ryuusuke hears a knocking at his bedroom window. Terrified, he looks outside, only to find just darkness.

Chapter 3: ShadowEdit

Japanese title: 影 (Kage)

Chapter 4: Night of ScreamsEdit

Japanese title: 絶叫の夜 (Zekkyou no yoru)


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