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Kurôzu-cho, a small fogbound town on the coast of Japan, is cursed. According to Shuichi Saito, the withdrawn boyfriend of teenager Kirie Goshima, their town is haunted not by a person or being but by a pattern: uzumaki, the spiral, the hypnotic secret shape of the world. It manifests itself in small ways: seashells, ferns, whirlpools in water, whirlwinds in air. And in large ways: the spiral marks on people's bodies, the insane obsessions of Shuichi's father, the voice from the cochlea in your inner ear. As the madness spreads, the inhabitants of Kurôzu-cho are pulled ever deeper, as if into a whirlpool from which there is no return...
うずまき 漩涡 Spirála Spirale (French) The Spiral Vortex Whirlpool
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Junji Ito really knows his stuff
First of all, I didn't think there could be anything more disturbing than Gyo until I read this. It's seriously twisted (no pun intended). If you have doubts about this, or think, "Really, what could be so scary about spirals?" well think again. That's what I thought at first, until I gave this a try and wow, it gets under your skin! For example, in one chapter a guy becomes a snail and it's one of the nastiest things I have ever seen drawn. That's another thing. The art is very good and consistent. It's very Edward Gorey-esque and the strong contrast of black and white, the texturing, and the crosshatching with pen and ink is super effective.
The only thing I don't like is how each chapter is its own short story, and the next one doesn't really touch on the previous one. It's just its own separate plot with the spiral. But they do NOT disappoint! The story really does draw you in like a spiral does and I highly recommend it for horror fans!
... Last updated on June 2nd, 2012, 6:00pm
This is the first manga of the horror genre that gave me the chills,it was creepy and beautiful at the same time.I think this manga beats other horror mangas that are just gore, the atmosphere of this manga was chilling and great build up in the stores. You don't realise just how creepy this manga is until the end. When I was finished reading it I was in awe. Must read for all horror lovers.
Waste of time.
The story is basically a series of oneshots with the same main theme.I found the stories boring,sometimes more funny rather than horrifying like the snail chapter for example.Why haven't anyone tried to abandon the city in volumes 1 and 2 in the first place?
don't watch the movie
or please read the manga first. Some important things, and the ending in the movie were changed, so not to go into detail, the movie was good until the boyfriend turned into an evil worm and tried to kill the main character, etc. Not something that even closely happened in the manga
The manga was pretty amazing though, it was the first Junji Ito i'd read, and I am still a huge fan. Awesome art and strange and good storyline, and good ending.
you must read this
this is the best manga i have ever read, period. The characters don't really seem to grow, but thats alright since they're already pretty mature anyway. I don't think its really needed to show how they changed over time. The horror was a realistic mindf*ck and even though its really a bunch of oneshots with the same characters in it the story kept me engrossed. Theres even a little bit of romance, but i dont suggest reading this just for the romance. The ending was open, but it wasnt that confusing-although it might be for other people. The art is amazing, with all the spirals and whatnot.
Having heard a lot about Uzumaki i thought about taking a chance and end the speculation. I'm a big fan of horror so i just couldn't pass this manga up. And what can i say? It was amazing, after reading the first two chapters i was mesmerized and a bit disgusted. So i decided to read it as many chapters as i could in one night, the horror concept was twisted and played around as much as possible to still be scary: and at some points it was, it was brutal. The first two volumes were very, very good, but the third volume was kind of a let down. It was obvious that the semi episodic nature of the manga had to end, there had to be evidence of a greater evil so to speak, which put the characters in a flawed thriller. I have to give kudos because it is a very original concept, but had the final volume been better and still scary it would have gotten a 9. Another thing that i have to mention is that although the art isn't mindblowing it really works for the story, having also read Gyo i became familiar with it and it was really enjoyable.
Overall it is a magical little trip towards an insane ridden, obscure, twisted world that horror fans should take, if only just to see something different.
One of the best horror
This manga really knows how to get to you. Most of the time it's very suttle...but this itself is very scary. Like how people cringe at the thought of ripping your nails off...i started to feel like puking any time i saw snails after finishing this. Don't expect to be comforted. Get ready for a ride you won't forget. 10/10
Definitely disturbing and horror-filled, in a good way if you're really into that kind of manga. I wasn't, but I still found it very interesting. It was still too depressing for me though. I would have liked it if at least ONE person was said to have survived. And by the third volume just looking at the spiral-y drawings made my head hurt. Scary!!!
i have to agree with some previous comments. the beginning was fantastic - solid premise with a lot of promise. i really enjoyed the little 'adventures' and the spiral observations in nature. the art was superb and clean, and the story-telling was very well-timed, but by the third volume, things got a little too absurd. and i didn't like the ending. it felt like ...a cop-out? it was unsatisfactory. regardless, i enjoyed reading it.
Rating: 9 / 10.0
For the most part, I thought it was great.
One of the few drawbacks of this series was that there was very little character developement. But, truth be told, I was so engrossed in the story itself that I actually could have cared less if there WAS any character development at all.
The plot is so simple that it’s scary, literally. I mean, in the beginning I thought "Wow. All this crap is going on and the people in the village aren’t even freaking alarmed! How?" But then I later realized that the spiral had already started to push the villagers towards the brink of insanity from the very beginning, so even they're passive attitudes could be directly linked to the spiral. I guess that's what creeped me out the most.
The snail people were just downright depressing. And the “face-biting” comment that one of the characters made in the third volume was just plain disturbing, but I still loved it.
Admittedly, the third volume was a bit of a disappointment and quite honestly, it seems as thought author just got side tracked or became distracted with other things. The ending was pretty weak, too *sigh*. It put just a bit of a damper on the overall appeal of the series, but not enough to make me dislike it as a whole. It was still awesome.
“Uzumaki” is a very obscure series. In some ways, it’s blatantly scary; psychologically...it's definitely on point. This type of series usually isn't my thing, but I can't deny the fact that this is really good stuff. Junji Ito is an awesome artist and this series is most definitely one of his best. Scared the living hell out of me, too-- which is really hard to do, usually.
Were it not for the two slip-ups in the third volume, this series would receive a 10/10 easily.