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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 According to Shuichi Saito, the withdrawn boyfriend of teenager Kirie Goshima, their town is haunted not by a person or being but by a pattern: uzumaki, the spiral, the hypnotic secret shape of the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
Lubuk Pusar (Malay)
Spirala (Polish)
Spirale (French)
The Spiral

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Latest Release(s)
v.3 c.18-20 (end) by Manga-Sketchbook over 11 years ago
v.3 c.15-17 by Manga-Sketchbook over 11 years ago
v.3 c.14 by Manga-Sketchbook over 11 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
3 Volumes (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 7.8 / 10.0 (816 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.75 / 10.0
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Last Updated
December 22nd 2018, 1:54pm PST



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Big Comic Spirits (Shogakukan)

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English Publisher
Viz (3 Vols - Complete)

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Hate spirals now....   
Rating: N/A
by sinxer
November 5th, 2018, 1:27am
Overall more creepy than scary and that actually worked for me, the few things that didn't where glosses over with the creepiness.
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Maybe it isn't perfect, but I enjoyed it and I would recommend it.   
Rating: N/A
by ForeignerChan
April 3rd, 2018, 2:00pm
The title says it all. I liked this manga for a lot of reasons: the subject is original, the story is engaging, the characters are likeable and credible, the art is very nice.

Actually, the only "flaw" I could find is the fact the manga seems to be spit in two: the first part is episodic (it talks about several odd events that don't seem to be connected except for the fact that they all involve a spiral), while the second part starts focusing more on the main plot. But after finishing reading the manga, I realized that the first part was meant to explain how it all began, case by case. So that wasn't a flaw at all.
Then maybe the fact that the story doesn't have a moral? At least, if there was, I couldn't find it. That could be a flaw. But to be honest, even without a moral, I enjoyed the reading.

As most of the reviewers wrote, I wouldn't recommend it to someone who is looking for a real horror manga, but if you are into odd stories, this manga is the right one. Also, this is more of a light reading, so don't expect too much.

... Last updated on April 3rd, 2018, 2:05pm
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it is fine experince, and worth reading despite its flaws.   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by Huss
March 23rd, 2018, 9:42am
it is not great, it is not special. i wont feel sorry if anyone hate it or anything. i enjoyed it enough to finish it. it was wierd and bizzare experince. was it scary? nope. creepy? a little. i just wanted to see wh it will go. the ending was underwhelming but then i realized the ending dont matter. the show mosly foucs on tellinga theme. there is something greater than you and you cant control it, and it is hard to escape from it. the manga is stupid and silly sometimes but that is also what makes it more theway it is. it felt like the mangaka didnt careabout flawsand was just intrested into showing off his creativity andstory. he reminds me of go negai's devilman. the characters are simple and not good. the story was heavily plot driven.

... Last updated on March 23rd, 2018, 9:44am
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The first manga i have ever read...   
Rating: 7.9 / 10.0
by Redyred
August 23rd, 2016, 1:26pm
it was awesome! At first you don't understand why the author used spirals, of all things, in a horror manga.Well the reason is because spirals are so mesmerizing and that they follow the Fibonacci Sequence (also google 'the golden ratio') that is found everywhere!

why are spiral so beautiful? if an object follows the golden ratio or the Fibonacci Sequence very well, it is considered beautiful. Golden ratio masks are also made to see whether you have a pretty face! Okay, so back to the review....
The reason the manga went well is because it shows that these spirals are everywhere...
And it's true, we can find spirals everywhere or the golden ratio anywhere which that is actually really creepy...
The manga was a page turner but the only thing that was upsetting was the ending as it was not satisfying. I also feel it went a bit overboard with a few of the chapters..

it will make more sense if research is done over the topics I mentioned...
overall was not bad since it was the reason i started reading manga

... Last updated on August 23rd, 2016, 1:38pm
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Mixed Feelings   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by smily_lois
March 6th, 2016, 8:51am
Oh no, don't get me wrong. I enjoyed the idea of this manga. The premise itself was great. Moreover, the art is gorgeous and the characterization is decent. I just adore how madness is a very part of the atmosphere.

However, my problems mostly lie on the disconnectedness of the stories. Through it all, one would wonder why nobody was fleeing the goddamned town. The townsfolk experience all this weird-ass shit and the next day they would act nothing happened! Perhaps it has something to do with the hypnosis with the spirals. But why aren't the protagonists, who are sensible enough, fleeing?
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quite a good romance for the record   
Rating: 6.5 / 10.0
by Nyajinsky
July 19th, 2015, 11:45am
The story
Kurouzu-cho, a town cursed by the spiral. Only Shuichi, Kirie’s boyfriend, sees is as such. The other inhabitants are brainwashingly oblivious to strange things happening around them. But the town is becoming more and more bizarre. In the end, no one can escape the Spiral.
The story is told by Kirie, she describes different spiral accidents through the manga. In the last volume, it became much bigger than just a few accidents though.

Good, realistic, but not to my liking. It was trying to by scary (because its horror), and it was. Too much detail in disturbing things. Exactly the art for this kind of manga. Good, detailed, realistic, disturbing.

Kirie was acting just like a narrator. I didn’t like, nor dislike her. She was just there, telling the story. Shuichi was much more interesting, but only because he went crazy. Kirie was doing most of the things anyway. Although yeah, he did save her ass a lot of times. The characters, other than being too casual, were quite realistic too. A lot of the minor characters went spiral crazy, witch was fun.

I loved the chapter with the snail. It was also enjoyable to read, wasn’t too long, so it didn’t get boring. The ending is a different story.

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
Everyone dies. They got through so much, and at the end, “I cant walk anymore, lets just stay here, turn to stone and become one with the spiral”. Well, it had something to it too, their hug was seriously cute, but the whole manga is kind of pointless, if they all die. Ah well.

A plus for funny author talk at the end of the volumes.
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It was pretty good.   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by nyokosenpai
June 16th, 2015, 12:53pm
Uzumaki is not exactly what I'd consider horror. Like the reader below said, it was more shocking than anything. I also wondered why the people in the town never tried to abandon it in the first two volumes, but you see exactly why they couldn't near the end of volume 3 even if they tried, so...

Speaking of volume three, let me warn any and all potential readers that you may become a little (or in my case, a lot) frustrated with this volume. TBH, the mangaka just seemed to have thrown a bunch of crap together in order to make for a quick wrap up. I was, to say the least, let down in the biggest way. sucked reading it. Also, some rather important events are never fully explained (if even at all), and that annoyed me, too.

On the plus side though, for those of you who are familiar with Ito's work, you know that the guy has a rather macabre sense of humor, so there were actually some eerily funny moments in there as well. I laughed almost as much as I said "WTF? O__o??" while reading this. Also, his artwork is horrifyingly beautiful, as usual, and the overall theme is rather solid. It does feel like a series of one shots, but that was cool. It kind of reads like "Mimi's Ghost Stories," so I didn't mind that.

Overall, this series was pretty good. Not his best work (some of his one shots are amazing), but still pretty good.

... Last updated on June 16th, 2015, 1:05pm
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Craziest story I've read, hands down   
Rating: N/A
by YukiSaito
November 12th, 2014, 9:22am
It wasn't really horror-it was more of the shock (or rather, aftershock) of the entire thing. The spirals and how everyone becomes spirals in the end is the shocking part-the morphing, and the result. It was still clever, though, although it was repetitive for a while. The random ongoings and spirals which popped up somehow or another made it interesting.

How Shuichi's parents were the first to get it is interesting-and in the end, how he was the last one-quite tied up the whole thing. And also...the ending-if everyone became a spiral (or somewhat tangled as one) in the end, what about the guy in the end who cleared the corpses off the road? He was human, not spiral.

I'm wondering...if they had eloped earlier, would they have managed to escape the spirals?!
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Ha ha ha   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by moonmystery
July 2nd, 2014, 8:01pm
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
What horror? This was more ridiculous than horrifying.

Bunch of random things happen--all of which are related to spirals.

Everyone pretty much dies, and I think that's pretty predictable judging by the genre and what not. However, such creepy things happen to them in such extreme proportions that I ended up laughing rather getting scared.
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Still freaked   
Rating: N/A
by sweetapple
December 14th, 2013, 6:39pm
I read this back in 6th night...while everyone else was asleep...I love and hate this story at this same time. It is creepy as shit but it was so good that I finished the entire thing. Honestly it was a horrible move on my end. I'm in 11th grade now and when I see something in a spiral sometimes I still feel like throwing up. So if you want a horror with lasting effects this is the way to go...though I may have mentally scarred myself...hell my fingerprints are all swirls so on days when something triggers an Uzumaki flashback I can't stand to look at my hands...yeah so I officially have semi-issues now because of this manga...LOLZ!
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