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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 According to Shuichi Saito, the withdrawn boyfriend of teenager Kirie Goshima, their town is haunted not by a person or being but by a pattern: uzumaki, the spiral, the hypnotic secret shape of the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 (3040d ago)
v.3 c.15-17 by Manga-Sketchbook (3040d ago)
v.3 c.14 by Manga-Sketchbook (3040d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
3 Volumes (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 7.8 / 10.0 (600 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.74 / 10.0
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Last Updated
May 31st 2015, 8:00am PST



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Big Comic Spirits (Shogakukan)

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English Publisher
Viz (3 Volumes - Complete)

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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by roxslide
May 22nd, 2009, 3:04pm
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
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by 15C08
February 27th, 2009, 9:34pm
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.
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Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by llbloodll
February 6th, 2009, 5:06pm
ITOU Junji's works are garbage. No point, no plot, no purpose. Uzumaki is no exception. All he manages to do is recycle the same theme of mangled bodies over and over again. At first chapter its cute, afterwards its just sick and disgusting.

0/10 - don't waste your time

... Last updated on February 6th, 2009, 5:07pm
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Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by samurailynn
January 24th, 2009, 1:19pm
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.
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Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by Egg Tart
January 19th, 2009, 10:20am
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
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At first I was like .-., then I was like o_O, then I was like O_O, and then I went =\   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by AmishSamurai
January 15th, 2009, 9:59pm
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.
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It got me   
Rating: 9.7 / 10.0
by Pandy91
January 10th, 2009, 1:43pm
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.
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Rating: N/A
by nanichan
December 23rd, 2008, 12:22pm
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
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Scariest Manga Yet   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by emperor26
December 8th, 2008, 8:43pm
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.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by luzzz
September 1st, 2008, 6:19am
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.
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