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From Viz:

Something is rotten in Okinawa...the floating stench of death hangs over the island..What is it? A strange, legged fish appears on the begins Tadashi and Kaori's spiral into the horror (and stench) of the sea.


*Includes two bonus stories called
The Sad Tale of the Principal Post in vol 1.
The Enigma of the Amigara Fault in vol 2.


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Associated Names

Gyo - The Eerie Wriggle
Gyo Odór Śmierci
The Enigma of Amigara Fault
The Sad History of the Principal Post

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Latest Release(s)
v.2 c.8 (end) by Manga-Sketchbook over 10 years ago
v.2 c.7 by Manga-Sketchbook over 10 years ago
v.2 c.3-6 by Manga-Sketchbook over 10 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
2 Volumes (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 7 / 10.0 (455 votes)
Bayesian Average: 6.98 / 10.0
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Last Updated
February 13th 2016, 2:46am PST



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Serialized In (magazine)
Big Comic Spirits (Shogakukan)

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English Publisher
Viz (2 Volumes - Complete)

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Gyo Horror Manga Gets Anime over 6 years ago

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Smells like fishfood.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Ulgor
May 23rd, 2008, 6:04pm
FISH WITH LEGS!!! Genius!!!

Good story, plot and character depictions. The only thing to rant about is the ending, that's more or less a cliffhanger. But seeing the main character was always so persistant, you can assume they will eventually find the cure and save the world and so on.

A few hours of good reading when you're not eating fishfood. Warning: May cause hydrophobia.

... Last updated on May 23rd, 2008, 6:15pm
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Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by deathbypenguin
January 30th, 2007, 5:53pm
This story has a classic feel to it. In the beginning the legged fish seems like a minor problem. (though strange) As the story progresses it gets more and more complicated. (and even weirder) I would like to see a sequel to this series. though, I'm sure that will never happen. The main character in this was cool. (such a nice person. Maybe even too perfect?) Also the second one shot at the end of the second volume was good. How does Junji Ito come up with these ideas?
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Ugh... want my hour back...   
Rating: 2.0 / 10.0
by Draco
August 27th, 2008, 6:33pm
So... why do holes call to people? No will power it seems... You know what I do when I see a hole shaped for me? Walk away...
As for the main story... I don't know why I kept reading... I guess it was for answers I never got... Questions that will remain...

It was bad... simply put...
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Wasn't too disappionted   
Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
by shoujo22
June 9th, 2009, 11:41am
Gyo was pretty good. It's not one of Ito's best, but it was still very amusing and even quite funny at times.

Also, I have to admit that the high rating that I gave this story comes (mainly) from my satisfaction towards girlfriend's dilemma in the end. Talk about being thoroughly satisfied smile

... Last updated on August 4th, 2009, 10:15am
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Painfully disturbing   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by meniel
September 7th, 2017, 4:30am
A very good horror read. Wonderfully drawn, oddly invented but above all perfectly paced. At first the scenery is just bizarre, but then the situation turns worrying, and then tragic, and eventually straight out apocalyptic. The story is always evolving, and when you think it can't get worse, it does. I'm not a fan of pseudo-science in manga because it tends to be pretty lame most of the time but it didn't sound bad in this one (especially considered that experiments on bad smells to use in war have been really made). There are some unrealistic elements that make the story look a bit fake, like

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
what did Tadashi's uncle do all the time? How was he able to afford a secretary? What happened to Tadashi's parents and why doesn't he care about them? What the heck had the circus
to do with, well, everything? Why was it even there in the first place?

but they are minor ones and not much relevant to the plot. Clearly the characters aren't the main focus of the manga and that's okay. They are given just as much characterization as they need but they do not drive the story, it's actually the fear and the mysteries that make you go on reading. Some of the mysteries are explained later while others, less practical and more existential, are not. That's okay too I think, the main questions are given an answer and for the others the reader can come up with their own interpretation.

Two words on the hidden gem of this volume: The Enigma of the Amigara Fault is the best short horror story I've ever read. Perhaps even more disturbing and teasingly cryptic than The Death Stench (main story). I give 8 to the main story and 9 to The Enigma of the Amigara Fault.

... Last updated on September 8th, 2017, 12:53pm
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by barbapapa
May 15th, 2011, 10:23am
It's just a silly mangaka who took a fun idea and ran with it, regardless how it ended up. The ending leaves you wanting, but I can't really be ticked about it. The hanging scene probably takes the crown.
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Not My Favorite   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Lovefromwcu
March 15th, 2011, 9:19am
As an avid Junji Ito fan, I had high hopes for Gyo when I first read it a few years ago. I was not very impressed by the fact that it leaned more toward science fiction as opposed to his usual paranormal and cult horror - the genres I think he should stick with. The side story, The Enigma of Amigara Fault, is probably the best part of this series. That was a story that gave me shivers.
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NO. Just, NO.   
Rating: N/A
by yumemiru
October 15th, 2010, 9:58am
I like horror, although I'm probably too squeamish for that genre. I find it fascinating, but some parts of Gyo was just...too much for me. Not the "OMG, I'm going to be sick" kind of "too much", but rather the disturbed kind.
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The legs and the boils and the fact that people are being clamped onto those things pretty much grossed me out. I wish there had been more elaboration as to what the gas had been made of and why the main character isn't affected by all this.

It's interesting, but I don't think this is my cup of tea. The art's not too bad, actually, and the story is passable. But it's not particularly appealing to me.
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".. and no one will ever know.."   
Rating: N/A
by countingwounds
June 22nd, 2010, 10:52pm
words from one of the bonus stories at the end. AND SOOOO TRUE FOR EVERYTHING. you will end everything with a crap ton of questions. it bothers me, yet pleases me at the same time. it makes me really wonder.. if you like stories like that, and like grotesque situations, i'd read this. if you're looking for something different, read.

it started out slow. i actually thought it was a little lame, although it was incredibly creative. then in the second volume, it got interesting. i don't know what to think about it as an overview. hmmm.. <-- this feeling i guess. xD
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the bonus stories of GYO   
Rating: N/A
by hellhase
February 15th, 2010, 9:09am
One of the essential twisted stories or morbid jokes related to speleology as manga comic! Even by the outstanding Japanese mangakas! Master Junji Ito cursed me again as is charming me for 20+ years :-) Since I am speleologist I love holes (caves in fact :-)The situation of feeling rock all around is something very usual (and exciting) for me. Perhaps there came a day and I will find the certain hole made for me :-)
Btw. Name Amigara refers to what? A nutshell? My great grandmother skilled in Japanese a bit used to call me amigara (instead od dumbhead) if i did something wrong... The thing flashed in my mind when I first time spot "amigara fault" I did a lot of them as a child :-)))
The another story I think might be an old urban legend. Or even ancient traditional legend? I heard this first time when I was very young and then I stumbled upon some more alternatives...this is one of them but excellently made!

... Last updated on February 15th, 2010, 9:13am
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