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Horror manga master Junji Ito makes Pokémon Gengar a mega creep

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

The Pokémon Company's collaboration with horror manga creator Junji Ito continues with the artist's interpretation of Gengar, who's all tongue with some unfortunate young lady who clearly doesn't appreciate the ghost-type Pokémon's advances.

Ito's first take on Pokémon — part of a larger promotion called Kowapoke — featured the character Banette, also being creepy to a young woman, just less touchy. The Kowapoke section of the Japanese Pokémon website has plenty of spooky art just in time for Halloween, featuring the likes of Gastly, Gengar, Cofagrigus, Chandelure and other ghostly Pokémon highlighted in comics, Art Academy illustrations and character profiles.

Junji Ito's work includes the manga Uzumaki, a series about a town's obsession with spirals that turns some residents into snails, and Gyo, which deals with fish who walk on metal legs powered by a "death stench." His work is not for the faint of heart.

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