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From Viz:

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 According to Shuichi Saito, the withdrawn boyfriend of teenager Kirie Goshima, their town is haunted not by a person or being but by a pattern: uzumaki, the spiral, the hypnotic secret shape of the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...


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Associated Names
Spirale (French)
The Spiral

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Latest Release(s)
v.3 c.18-20 (end) by Manga-Sketchbook (3257d ago)
v.3 c.15-17 by Manga-Sketchbook (3257d ago)
v.3 c.14 by Manga-Sketchbook (3257d ago)
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3 Volumes (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 7.8 / 10.0 (635 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.75 / 10.0
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October 4th 2015, 6:30am PST



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Big Comic Spirits (Shogakukan)

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English Publisher
Viz (3 Volumes - Complete)

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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Superfreak
September 6th, 2011, 4:42pm
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.
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Waste of time.   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by panos
March 12th, 2011, 4:59am
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?
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don't watch the movie   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by deafblob
October 26th, 2010, 3:30pm
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.
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you must read this   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by zombiefetishlove
May 30th, 2010, 1:40pm
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.
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Pretty good   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by nail80
January 30th, 2010, 8:04am
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.
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One of the best horror   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by BLERGHtrue
November 3rd, 2009, 2:37am
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.
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ohh.... wow   
Rating: N/A
by elalendi
October 23rd, 2009, 3:48pm
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!!!
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creepy awesome   
Rating: N/A
by zoo
August 11th, 2009, 1:48am
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
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For the most part, I thought it was great.   
Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
by shoujo22
June 9th, 2009, 11:36am
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;'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.

... Last updated on August 17th, 2010, 2:19pm
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Rating: N/A
by Makro
June 1st, 2009, 7:27am
To be honest - I hate it when manga starts good, gets better with each chapter, then ends like shit.
The first two volumes were really great. Mangaka's ideas were really nice, the art was AWESOME and this whole spiral thing - great. But then, the third volume comes and it screwes everything. The last chapters were so stupid, I almost had tears in my eyes.
And, seriosuly - this girl experienced so many strange and horrible events and she didn't even try to run away from this town, but instead just went calmly to school, spend time with family etc? Wth?
But despite all disadvantages, I really liked it, it almost deserves to be my fav horror manga. Well, almost +damn third volume!+. As said before, the art was amazing and you can really feel scared, especially when you're reading it alone at night~
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