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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 According to Shuichi Saito, the withdrawn boyfriend of teenager Kirie Goshima, their town is haunted not by a person or being but by a pattern: uzumaki, the spiral, the hypnotic secret shape of the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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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.
... Last updated on August 17th, 2010, 2:19pm
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~
I started reading this at 11pm (what was I thinking eh). Well finished the whole thing in one go, at some point you get the feeling that the story just keep repeating over and over again however you don't stop and I think that's the addictive thing about Itou sensei's works. Although nothing is resolved at the end, but I really enjoy how sensei portrays his characters, very normal, very real, greedy, delusional, coward, etc. Especially the main heroine when she decides not to get in further danger to satisfy her curiosity (normally in horror movies and manga, the main character foolishly get into trouble that the stupidest person could have figure out that it's not okay to be curious) and the villager who refuse to help others just to safe themselves. Intentional or not, lessons of Karma is spread all over the pages. I am haunted by the Snail people chapters, people turning into snails, people eating snails, the spirals that grew on their back, their expressions, the first two snail boys mate, their eggs, >,< send chills down my spine. Art is great, classic manga style, no sailor moon eyes and Tsubasa legs, which i love, plus the haunting detailed scenery deserves praise. Although things are explained at the end but nothing gets resolved, still a Good read.
One of my favorite manga, not because it was scary but more like it was a bunch of lulz. Yeah, the first 2 chapters were pretty awesome and horror worthy, but after that IT. IS. A BUNCH. OF. LULZ.
I'm seriously laughing my butt off just remembering this manga and the last time I read it was more than a year ago.
Horror or Comedy, either way it was a definite page turner. And Junji Ito's art is gorgeous, really worth it.
... Last updated on May 22nd, 2009, 3:08pm
Seriously, if you can't handle horror type series, you don't deserve to read this manga. However, this gets a 10 for me because the art as well as the plot is superb.