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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 According to Shuichi Saito, the withdrawn boyfriend of teenager Kirie Goshima, their town is haunted not by a person or being but by a pattern: uzumaki, the spiral, the hypnotic secret shape of the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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This was a really freaky series. I read 4 or 5 chapters the first night I started reading it and I was a little afraid it would give me strange dreams. I did end up being a little wary of something spiral shaped that I saw in a video game.
The chapters were kind of episodic, but it was all building on each other. The last volume was less episodic and seemed to tell one longer story of what was happening. I liked the episodic feel because I could read just one chapter and stop for the moment, but I also liked that it all tied together.
Everything that happened made me feel like whoever was writing it must have been obsessed and psychotic. There was a lot of stuff that was pretty grotesque, but I think the worst of that was in the first volume. I wasn't satisfied with the ending, but I felt that the rest of the story was really good.
At first I thought it was just bizarre but as it progressed parts of the story really did scare me. The events building up to the main plot were really unique and the twist(no pun intended) were great. The many disturbing scenes and the concept of the manga in general really hook you.
The horror aspect really shined. I have to admit, after the whole snail face chewing scene I've never looked at them in the same way...
The ending wasn't what I had hoped nor did it do justice to the rest of the manga but still it seemed some what fitting for the story...
... Last updated on September 9th, 2011, 2:29am
At first I was like .-., then I was like o_O, then I was like O_O, and then I went =\
The title sums up my opinion. Started off odd, then slightly more odd, then just plain weird, and then lame and nonsensical. Good if you have 2 hours to kill though.
It got me
There's just something wonderful about this story, the fact that the object of everyone's obsession is something that's so organic, something that you wouldn't have noticed because it's so common... There's so much to this manga, not just what you see, but the underlying meaning is very moving: nature is such an omniscient force, and you can never ecsape it. The part that scared me the most was when the babies were being put back in the wombs, I will never be able to look at a baby the same way again. The ending was beautiful in my opinion, it might have been a bit open-ended but that was the point, otherwise it wouldn't be much of a horror manga. Some people made a comment about how the story was "almost funny", that's the genius of Junji Ito, he has a way of making something scary seem borderline absurd, he plays it off like that sort of thing happens all the time. This was an excellent story, so a 10/10 from me.
this manga was so disturbing D:
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it didn't scare me but when one girl's head started to dissapear, that kinda suprised me
Scariest Manga Yet
Junji Itou's Uzumaki was the first horror manga I have ever read since I was in high school, and it was both horrifying and disturbing, but in a good way.
Uzumaki was able to create an intruiging storyline based on the sprials, interweaving them to form a terrifying conclusion.
If you're looking for a good horror manga, I suggest Uzumaki. You won't be disappointed.
That was one of the scariest stories I have ever read. Some parts really freaked me out. The mangaka is a master at telling a good horror story without throwing away the human elements. The concept of the spiral was also cleverly incorporated throughout the story. The only minor gripe I have with the manga is the open ending. I wanted to know what happened
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to the town after the spiral curse was lifted. Was it inhabited by humans again? Did the spiral curse attack the new inhabitants? Did the cycle repeat? Did Kirie and Shuichi die? Presumably they did but I wanted more confirmation. It was also abrupt at how the Kirie's family members were dealt off one by one - like her brother suddently turning into a snail and her parents turning into stone - but it did catch me by surprise.
freaked me the heck out... but i'm a horror fan so i enjoyed it! seriously, give it a try, but be prepared for some really gruesome images.......
Masterpiece of terror
With Uzumaki, Junji Ito proves that he knows what I'm afraid of. In the bizarre events and gruesome images of these volumes I have seen things I now wish I could forget. These things have been preying on my mind for a few days already, and I expect they will for weeks to come.
The stories are loaded with innovative ideas you aren't likely to see repeated in any other work of horror. If Freddy, Jason, and Michael epitomize slasher films, Uzumaki is the antithesis of them. There are very few cliches to be found here.
The plot of Uzumaki is somewhat loose as the stories are mostly event driven. The end is almost disappointing, and perhaps flawed. Without spoiling I can only say that the end seemed inevitable.
The characters of Uzumaki are somewhat deeper than in Ito-sensei's previous works, but still quite simple. Even more, they grew on me, and I slowly began to care about them. This is a vast improvement over the characters of Tomie, for example.
The art of Uzumaki is very good, and at times breathtaking. The environment is filled with intricate patterns and detailed scenery. I was astounded by the vast difference in quality between Uzumaki and Ito-sensei's earlier works.
Uzumaki should be considered required reading for all serious horror fans. General audiences should be forewarned that readers will be confronted with viscerally repulsive imagery. Uzumaki is not for everyone, but if you think your constitution is strong enough then give it a read.