Item description for Death's Reflection: Hino Horror #10 (Japan's Cult Horor Master) by Hideshi Hino...
In this second volume of four novelas, Hino continues his theme of the intertwining of innocence and evil in shojo horror manga style. When Yuki and friends discover a corpse reflected in the bathroom mirror at school, they believe it to be a joke. However, gruesome events unfold that will lead them to regret they were ever so foolish. Other stories include a girl whose beauty makes her the victim of a terror campaign; another who is bullied by a teacher but, in death, achieves her revenge; and classroom 3.7, into which students enter but never leave.
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DEATH LURKS IN MIRRORS AND EVERYWHERE Aug 21, 2006
Hideshi Hino's unique take on shojo horror continues in this 10th volume of the now discontinued Hino Horror series entitled "Death's Reflection". The title story involves a girl's bathroom mirror that shows a grinning hanging corpse within its depths. In "Cutter X", a female student has to deal with a mysterious stalker who leaves disturbing notes in her desk, signing them all with the name "Cutter X". In the "3737 Mystery", an entire class disappears during the middle of the school day, leaving no trace of their whereabouts. The last story in the collection concerns a sadist teacher whose hangup about the length of her students hair leads to some pretty horrible situations involving death and dismemberment.
I have found Volume 10 and Volume 9 of this series to be the best books of what little I have seen of Hino's manga works. In some of his other books, the horror sometimes took a backseat to grotesque comedy, which, while unsettling, never really gave me a feeling of "horror" or fear. These two installments made me respect the guy more, because the setting and environment of high schools was just 180 degrees away from what he usually draws and writes about. The fact that the characters were drawn more realistically than usual also gave more weight to his more caricatured style. All in all, if you want to be introduced to Hino's work I would recommend this volume.