Summary of The Darkest Story I've Ever Read

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The Darkest Story I've Ever Read is a horror story about a man's descent into madness and violence. It is based on a novel of the same name by Samu Desai, which the narrator read before filming. The video depicts the protagonist's struggles with mental illness, depression, and alcoholism.

  • 00:00:00 The Darkest Story I've Ever Read is a horror story about a man's descent into madness and violence. It is based on a novel of the same name by Samu Desai, which the narrator read before filming. If you're uncomfortable with violence or death, this video is not for you.
  • 00:05:00 Yozo, a boy of unspecified age, has a unique, alien outlook on life; he considers things like emotion and desire to be scary, and Humanity dull and boring because everything they do serves some greater purpose. Yozo was born into a very rich family, but his earliest memories are of being abused by his father's staff. Yozo starts clowning to try and ward off people from getting too close, and to make them laugh so they don't ask too many questions. As he gets older, he realizes that he doesn't actually care about anything, and that he has a fear of people understanding him. Yozo starts to distance himself from humanity, and starts to perform for them in order to keep them at a distance.
  • 00:10:00 The protagonist, yozo, is a clown who puts on a facade to avoid getting close to anyone. One day, a student named tekaichi calls him out, and yozo describes taichi as being a simpleton. This makes takaichi think better of yozo, and they become friends. One night, yozo's cousins come into his room and ask him to run away with them. This is also around the time that takaichi says something that gives yozo hope for the rest of his life. yozo starts to paint and model for Monica Leone, and aichi says the pictures look terrific. Yozo thinks on this and comes to the realization that there are some people who don't want to get close to others because they're afraid of what might happen.
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  • 00:20:00 Yozo is a failed artist who is alcoholic and the leader of an underground communist rebellion. One night while he is broke and drunk, he stumbles into a restaurant and explains to the waitress that he has no money but just wants to drink. The waitress surprisingly says that it's on the house and lets him as a matter of fact she lets him drink himself into a stupor. When yozo becomes too drunk to return home, suneco takes him back to her house. Suneco is incredibly depressed and she explains to yozo that her husband has been locked away for several years and she has no purpose in life. Yozo for the first time in his life feels comfort in This Woman's presence because for the first time he found someone who is potentially as miserable as he is. one night while yozo and hurricane you're out drinking and hariki decide to go to the same restaurant, hariki announces that he's so hungry for a woman that whichever woman serves them, he's going to kiss. The woman that serves them is suneco, and so hariki goes to kitsuneko but just before he does he stops himself and says he can never kiss a woman. Poor and destitute suneco seems to draw yozo closer to her
  • 00:25:00 Yozo is a painter who has lost hope in his career. One day, Flatfish, a flatfish who lives in the ocean, asks Yozo what he wants to do with his life. Yozo responds that he wants to be a painter because there's still a little bit of hope left in him. Flatfish laughs and tells him to think it over and find a real career. That night, Yozo sneaks out of the house and goes to see Hariki Hariki, an artist who has been rejected by society. Hariki does not want to see Yozo because now Yoza has a stigma attached to him. Yozo and Hariki met at an art class and as Yozo comes in, Hariki tells him to leave. Shizuko As yozo leaves, a woman falls for Yozo's whole sad boy thing and Shizuko invites Yozo to live with her and her daughter. While living with Shizuko, Yozo doesn't necessarily get happy, but he gets kind of comfortable. One day, while talking to Hariki or more specifically, being present while Hariki's talking, Hariki says that Yozo should just go ahead and marry this woman because Society won't accept a man who lives unmarried with an
  • 00:30:00 A man tells the story of how he and a young woman he had been dating got married after he promised not to drink anymore. However, he quickly becomes disillusioned with her and their marriage.
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  • 00:40:00 The protagonist, Yoshiko, falls in love with yozo, a man with a reputation for being a liar and cheat. Despite this, Yoshiko still continues to trust yozo and brings him morphine to treat his pain. However, yozo tells her that he doesn't think he'll need it and for the first time in his life, yozo refuses something that Yoshiko offers him. This causes Yoshiko to reflect on the fact that he has ceased to be a human being and that he is now in the "sanitarium of rejects." The epilogue reveals that yozo has published the notebooks in which he describes his horrific experiences with humanity.
  • 00:45:00 The video covers the story of a man, named Osamu Desai, who has a downward spiral into alcoholism and despair after the death of his wife and child. Osamu's thoughts are brought to life in sections of the book where he speaks to himself, revealing his lack of understanding of the greater purpose of society and the human race. In the end, Osamu's father is blamed for his family's death and he sadly reflects on his life.
  • 00:50:00 This 1-paragraph summary of "The Darkest Story I've Ever Read" by Israeli author Junji Ito tells the story of a man's struggles with mental illness, depression, and alcoholism. The novel opens with the death of the author's character, Yozo, and depicts the event in a way that shocks and surprises the reader. This detail sets the tone for the rest of the story, which is full of brutal images and concepts that stay with the reader long after the book is finished.
  • 00:55:00 In "The Darkest Story I've Ever Read," Junji Ito adapts several characters and concepts from his novel Dory into a manga, showing us their horrifying, gory side. One particular adaptation is of the character Techaichi, who after leaving high school in the novel Dory disappears from the story. In Ito's adaptation, Techaichi is killed from a lie that Yozo tells so that he can continue to see visions of him. Techaichi's appearances in the manga serve as a metaphor for the horrors that Yozo experiences in his life.

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In "The Darkest Story I've Ever Read," Junji Ito tells the story of Osamu Desai, a man who is haunted by the death of a friend and the sin he committed against his cousin. The story is set in Edo, Japan, and the narrator reflects on the events of the past year as he prepares for new videos, which will include Halloween content.

  • 01:00:00 In "The Darkest Story I've Ever Read," Junji Ito adds a character to Yozo's Journey, someone who was a powerful influence in Osamu's life. The most powerful scene in this adaptation is the scene at the sanitarium, where Yozo tells Osamu everything and the stranger is taken back because as he says later, this is his life, too.
  • 01:05:00 Edo's version of the story has Osamu Desai meeting yozo, who is living in a rundown house with an old housekeeper that hates him and a wife who hates him even more. yozo is also living with the child that looks like the friend he caused the death of and a cousin wife who hates him. yozo is still living with the memories of the sin he committed to his cousin and the offspring of that sin.
  • 01:10:00 The narrator reflects on the events of the past year, including the death of a friend and the release of a book that has affected him profoundly. He says that despite the sadness, he is feeling "pretty great" because his friend stuck around this long to watch his video. He encourages viewers to stay tuned for new videos, which will include Halloween content.

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