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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 According to Shuichi Saito, the withdrawn boyfriend of teenager Kirie Goshima, their town is haunted not by a person or being but by a pattern: uzumaki, the spiral, the hypnotic secret shape of the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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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.
... Last updated on July 18th, 2008, 10:59am
EWWWWW!!! THE GORE!!! THE INSANITY!!!!
The storyline of this manga is disjointed, almost like it's a horrible recollection. And in some ways that is one of the devices of narrative that Junji Ito uses to throw the readers off balance.The end is very sketchy too, and you are left wondering what really happened. But the response to the ending is varied, so you should read it for yourself! The Viz translations are really good, and the new editions are well presented. The characters are very memorable and coupled with the most amazing horror scenes you will ever see, the story becomes a race agaisnt the madness that is Uzumaki! The film is also very good, but I would treat it more like an art piece than a true horror movie. If you like to be disturbed and like engrossing Japanese horror, you will really like Uzumaki!
Great! I really couldn't put it down once I got started. I would give it a ten, but the ending is horrible, so it gets a nine. Quite a great read, doubly so if you like horror and seinen.
art very good well written story i agree with deathpenguin i cant give higher than 8 cos its almost funny