Travis Bruno of Capsule Computers writes:
" Creating a horror manga has to be an incredibly difficult task. While some series can manage to get by with a slow paced story filled with haunting imagery and occasional death, others go the completely opposite route. The problem here is, those that go the extreme route have to also avoid becoming ‘campy’ horrors that tend to leave the audience laughing more than they are actually scared by the concept. Junji Ito has created a number of terrifying manga in the past and now that Viz Media is releasing Gyo in a special deluxe package containing the entire series, does Gyo manage to live up to Ito’s reputation?"