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Uzumaki, Vol. 1 (Uzumaki #1)

4.24 of 5 stars 4.24  ·  rating details  ·  4,842 ratings  ·  318 reviews
Shortly after Shuichi Saito's father becomes obsessed with spirals -- snail shells, whirlpools, and man-made patterns -- he dies mysteriously, his body positioned in the shape of a twisted coil. Soon, the entire town is afflicted with a snail-like disease.
Paperback, 208 pages
Published October 6th 2001 by Viz Media (first published October 1st 1998)
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Lovecraft approves of your spirals.

(Except for that last story, with the hair. That was weak. Still creepy, but weak.)
Ooooookay... That was the creepiest thing I've ever read. But since I love creepy, of course I enjoyed it.

Can't wait to read Vol. 2 'cause I've god a feeling that it will be even creepier.
Seth Hahne
[Review of whole series.]

Uzumaki by Junji Ito

I’m skeptical of comics’ power to truly horrify using supernatural elements. Because the reader controls entirely the pace of a story’s execution, one of the primary tools of the horror genre is kept from authors in the comics medium. Additionally, revulsion is increasingly difficult to elicit from static imagery—a gross drawing is merely that and draws forth none of that sense of fear or terror that aficionados of the genre tend to relish. Certainly a compelling story a
John Wiswell
Mar 02, 2008 John Wiswell rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Horror readers
Well, that was messed up.

The black and white style of manga is very helpful to setting the subdued mood of the stories. The town feels oppressed, prime to a supernatural infection. If you haven't heard, Uzumaki is about the curse of spirals that infests a small town in Japan. They begin arising everywhere: on the local pottery, in the clouds, from the smoke of the crematorium, increasing until the suggestible people become obsessed with them. But once an obsession sets in, the curse triggers tru
I am surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. The story was original and truly horrific. One panel in particular made me gasp and I had to place my hand over the picture in order to continue reading the story. Now that's what I'm talking about, even though part of it is due to my personal aversion of people cutting on themselves. But it made for a frightening addition to the story.

Essentially, there is a town plagued by spirals. The townsfolk are being possessed and consumed with a spiral obs

Oh. My. Gawd.

HOW is this NOT an american movie yet??? (I see there IS a Japanese interpretation, but haven't been able to locate a copy- but like "The Ring" (Ringu) and "The Grudge" before it... this has AMAZING pottential for an American Horror Movie...

REAL Horror, not that blood-n-guts stuff they pass off as 'horror' nowdays...

This is the story of a village. A village infected with SPIRALS.

Oh sure. Go ahead. Chuckle.

Go, "yeah... AND?"

But really.

Think about it.

...what happens when something as
Courtney Wells
You were a fully-funded Nope Factory operated by unionized nightmares and your non-OSHA compliant slurry still trickles into my waking thoughts years later

Good job.
Pablo Bueno
Al principio uno piensa que no es lector habitual de mangas (aunque algo de experiencia con animes sí que hemos tenido) y que, seguramente, no sea para tanto. Luego parece que la historia coge forma e incluso empezamos a darnos cuenta de que el ambiente y la inmersión en la misma es más que notable.

Para cuando llega el primer tortazo visual ya estamos totalmente capturados por la espiral.

Lectura muy recomendable, no tanto para sensibles o aquellos que ven "cosas" por la noche. Los que gusten de
Kyle Warner
I love Japanese film/fiction and I’ve always liked comic books, so it’s kinda surprising that Uzumaki is the first manga I’ve ever read. I must admit that it took a while for me to train my eye to read the panels from right to left (and start at the ‘back’ of the book), but I appreciate the publishers doing it this way in order to maintain the art’s original layout.

The story of Uzumaki is about a town that’s infested (and infected) with spirals. Yes, it’s as weird as it sounds. Despite being a s
Well now. That was disturbing. Word of advice: Don't prop this up to enjoy with your lunch, because you won't (enjoy your lunch). But if you love to crank up the creepiness factor, you WILL enjoy the book! I think the category is Japanese horror manga.

It might make you scared of spirals. And they're everywhere. There's one in the cochlea of your ears right now.

If you're curious and feeling brave, go ahead and check out this gallery of drawings from Junji Ito:
Caro Márquez
You can't win with this thing...


I think... I enjoyed it... Now off to find some snails...
Wow this was a surprising manga and it is really hard to rate it.

I have a bit of Mixed emotions it was Creepy , Disturbing, Scary

The author got a very small thing -spirals- and converted it into a very creepy thing.

Overall . Enjoyed it despite the scary drawings.

David Schaafsma
Can a horror manga creep you out or even scare you? You know movies can do it, such as Psycho or Halloween. Stephen King can do it. I like some of Joe Hill's work such as Locke and Key. and that works, but this is different, atmospheric, black and white… and creepy, nightmare-inducing (maybe). Uzumaki, or spirals, seem to take over a town. We get to know adults and kids in this one, and gets increasingly crazy. Too crazy? I dunno. I am into volume 4 as I write this and am hooked.

I read The firs
Nonsense, creepy e estranho, porém ,de certa forma, viciante.
Vou ler os seguintes na esperança de:
a) gostar mais;
b) obter respostas às perguntas que este volume levanta
Un breve comentario en "Not a Review":

Bueeeno... esto sí que es extraño. En varias oportunidades he dejado sin calificar libros que abandoné, pero nunca un libro que leí completo. Y es que aunque no es malo, tampoco puedo decir que me haya gustado o ni siquiera que lo haya disfrutado. Sí, puedo apreciar el subcontexto psicológico y las pequeñas historias dentro de la historia, peeero es muy gore para mi gusto. Y es que el arte de este manga es tan PERTURBADOR. Me afecto tanto como aquella vez que vi el trailer de la película El cie
J.W. Patten
Ahem, now for those immortal words..."And now for something completely different..."
And scary...
And disturbing...
And a really fun read...

We all are aware of curses: cursed by magic or demons, cursed by ghosts or witches.
But can you be cursed by a shape??
Just ask the citizens of Kurozu-cho, a small town on the coast of Japan.

Slowly but surely, strange things start happening in this town. People are becoming obsessed with the spiral shape, and doing strange things because of it.

Like walking in cir
I have never read manga or any other type of comic before this one. I am not even sure what drew me to the manga section in Barnes and Noble. I don't think comics/manga are nerdy or anything like that, but they never appealed to me. With that being said, I am not sure how to review this comic because it's not like anything I have ever read. Initially, I picked this book up because the illustrations appealed to me and the story was kind of interesting. I LOVE horror/thriller books and movies when ...more
Lauren (Northern Plunder)
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I ordered this book second hand off amazon, the cover is different but not available on goodreads and my Dad currently has it so I'm not entirely sure how many pages my version has. Any how, once it arrived I picked it up and didn't put it down again until I had completed it. This book is far from ordinary and certainly puts a spin on things (haha)! I can't begin to describe how much I loved this
Zen Cho
Hilarious horror manga. I mean, it is not intentionally funny, and it is actually quite disturbing -- I wouldn't read it at night -- but the premise is that there is a town and it is haunted by an evil ... spiral! The very earth is
contaminated by the evil ... spiral pattern! The mangaka does manage to make it very freaky, but then he spoils it by putting a little biographical comic at the end about the research he did for the manga: "I ate spiral foods: spiral fishcakes, soft-serve ice cream ...
wooooo dude !!!!
Da hell ??!!!!
I cant have a normal life now
Aug 11, 2013 Manaf rated it 4 of 5 stars
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This is hard manga to give it a rating.

The plot and characters are not deeply presented as might would expect.

However, the experience is so chilling and will grab your attention. There are many horrifying imaginary and it is difficult to "expect" what will you see in the next page. The manga also relate to our society problems and present how human beings can get so low. It is like entering a "haunted mansion" ride in an amusement park which makes you think.

Overall, read the manga for the exper
This was not as creepy as I expected it to be. Sure it was creepy, make no mistake about that and the author's art style captures it well (I also liked the subtle signs of all the spirals in the town) but maybe this book was too hyped and I expected more.
However apart from that it was a pretty good first volume where the horror and insanity of the spiral slowly builds up(view spoiler)
This manga messed me up. Legit. I'm not much of a horror fan, because I scare really easily and I'm squeamish, but I could not put this book down. I was entranced from start to finish. The manga centers around a girl named Kirie, who lives in a town in Japan that is supposedly cursed by some kind of spiral. There are 6 stories, each with all different characters other than Kirie and her boyfriend. The spiral obsession is present in each story.

I thought I was totally okay, no big deal, until abo
Jun 22, 2015 ᴏᴍᴀɪʀᴀ rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to ᴏᴍᴀɪʀᴀ by: The Spoiler Club

Lo que más me llamó desde el principio fue el dibujo, más que la historia. Pero ahora, una vez terminado el primer volumen, la historia me sigue dando vueltas en la cabeza, como una espiral sin fin.

Cada capítulo es más extraño y más atrevido que el anterior, sin duda mis favoritos de este tomo han sido el primero y el sexto (el último).

Las historias son enrevesadas, y te llegas a preguntar en multitud de ocasiones "¿Pero como coño este tío ha imaginado esto? " y sé que lo mejor está por
An insane idea on every page.
I am going to be honest, I did hold some prejudiced against manga books. I did not take them seriously as books and I thought they pretty weird. If Uzumaki had been a goodreads recommendation, I wouldn’t have read it. I read a lot of classics and Japanese fiction so manga was very foreign to me so I read this on a leap of faith.

Uzumaki is a horror manga. The plot and content are both original and unique. Ito establishes an intriguing plot immediately in the beginning of the first chapter. Uzumak
Warning: This review may contain spoilers.

Kirie is a girl who lives in the small town of Kurôzu-cho. The town is somehow 'surrounded' by spirals. These spirals cause strange occurrences to happen to the people living in the place. People become obsessed with them, leading to madness and insanity.

I don't know what came over me, but I decided to try my first horror manga. This manga by Junji Ito, was a good choice. It's really messed-up. I like the continuity the manga has- each chapter has its ow
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Junji Itō Born in Gifu Prefecture in 1963, he was inspired from a young age by his older sister's drawing and Kazuo Umezu's comics and thus took an interest in drawing horror comics himself. Nevertheless, upon graduation he trained as a dental technician, and until the early 1990s he juggled his dental career with his increasingly successful hobby — even after being selected as the winner of the p ...more
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