I think I'd be more scared of Jun Hayami than all of those. When those guys all draw guro it's either with the intent to be darkly humorous or subversively artistic but Hayami seems like an actual dormant sociopathic serial killer who happens to be able to draw.
I agree, Jun Hayami’s work upsets me and I find him pretty terrifying. If I met someone and they name-checked Hayami as their, like, legit favorite artist, I would back away quickly and run.
In a no-rules all-out every-man-for-himself brawl between Junji Ito, Kazuo Umezu, Suehiro Maruo, Shintaro Kago, Junko Mizuno, and Hideshi Hino, who do you think would be the victor?
Hino, HANDS DOWN.
On this list, I’ve met him, Kazuo Umezu, and Junko Mizuno in person — and have seen videos of Ito, Maruo, and Kago. Hino was wearing a straight up kenpo yukata outfit and clearly is a crazy badass even in his older age. I’m 100% most terrified of him <3