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Gyo Vol. 01 (Gyo / ギョ #1)

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  1,629 ratings  ·  86 reviews
Something is rotten in Okinawa...the floating stench of death hangs over the island. What is it? A strange, legged fish appears on the scene...so begins Tadashi and Kaori's spiral into the horror (and stench) of the sea. Here is the long-awaited new horror manga series from the Eisner-nominated creator of Uzumaki , Junji Ito. ...more
Paperback, 2nd Edition, 200 pages
Published October 16th 2007 by VIZ Media LLC (first published January 1st 2002)
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jjc This is not scary at all, just disgusting. If you really are looking for something SCARY, go check out 'Long Hair in the Attic'. There are actually a…moreThis is not scary at all, just disgusting. If you really are looking for something SCARY, go check out 'Long Hair in the Attic'. There are actually a lot more that are way too scary, disturbing, violent, and gory. You should check out all his works!(less)

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Caris
My thought process upon stumbling across this book:

Fish, you say? Dead fish? With legs?

What?

An invasion? Great Whites? With legs?

Great, where do I sign up?



Tadashi has a problem. His girlfriend, Kaori, won’t kiss him. She says his breath stinks. And it’s not just in the morning, but any time. If he wants to kiss, he must first brush his teeth.

This upsets Tadashi. Every kiss requires a tooth brushing? Fuck that noise. So Tadashi fashions a shiv out of his toothbrush and stabs his girlfriend to dea
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Sumit Singla
I was told about the premise of this story by a friend of mine who is a bit like the IMDB of comics (no exaggeration!). I dismissed the idea of reading Gyo outright till yesterday, because the premise was shocking, disgusting, and frankly, a little too outlandish for my taste.

I did read Uzumaki and liked it, despite its equally quirky premise. So, I decided to give Gyo a chance and was immediately sucked in. After all, who doesn't want to read about a great white shark that lands up on shore wi
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Mark
Absolutely ape-shit crazy. One of the strangest, most grotesque, most disgusting things I've ever come across. (this goes for both volumes, but the true shock comes from vol. 1)

My tastes generally run towards the extreme, and it can be tough to find something that fits that description that isn't just pure gore or pure pornography. This is that. One of those things that make you wonder that there is something very different in the make-up of Japanese culture that only comes out in its creative
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Antonio Diaz
Buena premisa, pero el desarrollo de Uzumaki me pareció más redondo y terrorífico. Kaori, la novia del protagonista, es inaguantable.
Brenna
The creatures in Junji Ito's Gyo aren't the kind one might expect in a horror story. For one thing, the creatures not only occur naturally in nature, they turn out to be... actual fish!

Of course, the fish in question have been enhanced somewhat. They are capable of locomotion on land, with the aid of prosthetic limbs most resembling the back legs of camel crickets (genus Tachycines asynamorous), and seem to have sentient abilities, displaying the capability to discern its prey from other mobile
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Eleanor
In the imaginary world, it wouldn't be so bad. But in real life, oh boy. I would be glad I don't live in Japan while there's fish with legs running around. This was a pretty good book. The art style was good and the idea to make dead fish walk around with creepy legs. Who wouldn't like that? Kaori, Tadashi's girl friend, really annoyed me. She complained to much and acted like a brat. Over all, it was pretty good.
Circa
Quite disturbing but alot of fun as well. The plot is like one of those bizarre sci-fi channel b-movie ones except it's carried out exceptionally well and keeps you guessing to the very end. The conflict structure of this series is similar to Uzumaki in that a overbearing force of nature has increasingly negative effects on the environment and society until all out apocalypse, but the tone is more action-oreinted and focuses on surface horror rather than psychological. If you loved Uzumaki, you' ...more
Samuel Whatley
I've seen a lot of Junji Ito's artwork over the years, but this is the first book of his I've read in its entirety. (I've known about the "fish with legs" story for a while now.)
I was genuinely surprised by the disturbing, often absurd turns the story took. I was more surprised by what seems like a very dark sense of humor that's somehow whimsical. You can't really help but smile at the ridiculousness of the creatures in this book (at the same time you're gagging).
The art is, of course, extrem
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Sophia F
You know what? As soon as I started reading this book and found out it was about walking fish, I immediately thought it was bizarre and laughed as hard as I could. Although it IS bizarre, I have to admit that walking sharks are pretty scary.
The complete idea of "walking fish" is so unpredictable it's almost funny, but the facts that these artificial legs are shaped similarly to a spider's convinced me that this was a legitimate horror. (Hint hint my arachnophobia...)
Since the crazy idea of walki
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Orrin Grey
The basic premise of Gyo is ridiculous, which makes the amount of creepiness, suspense, and just plain effectiveness that Junji Ito manages to extract from it all the more impressive. While I would say this first volume is my least favorite of the things by Junji Ito that I've read so far, it's still a great story, and several of its moments (notably the first reveal of the monster, and the shark attack chapter) are as awesome as anything I've seen.
Derek Royal
I've had Gyo for awhile, but what finally prompted me to read it -- in addition to being struck by Uzimaki -- is the new manga series that Shea Hennum and I are doing for The Comics Alternative. This is the first of two volumes, and while it's not as sophisticated as his earlier horror fiction, this is an engaging and creepy story. The premise, fish appearing out of the sea on mechanical legs, is really out there, and one of the things that stuck me is how close Junji Ito goes to the edge credib ...more
Leila Anani
More freaky insanity from Junji Ito (Tomie, Uzumaki) - this two part manga has mutant fish take over Tokyo after a war time biological weapons experiment goes out of control.

Adore the mutant fish with their war of the worlds-esque mechanical tripods and stench of rotting corpses. Not quite so keen on the characters. Bitchy Kaori deserves everything she gets. This is very much a part one and sets the scene for what I'm thinking is going to be an absolutely insane conclusion.

Has lots of classic J
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Lawren
Another masterpiece of Japanese horror by the master. In the last book of his that I read, Uzumaki, the characters are haunted by a spiral pattern than takes every imaginable form. I didn't think I would ever read a book as weird as that again, but this one comes close. What starts off as a relatively simple premise (fish growing legs and attacking people) very naturally grows into something much more disturbing and sinister. What we end up with is a sickening kind of body horror that represents ...more
Amy
Crazy!! Great storytelling. I'm impressed when people have both artistic talent and the ability to tell a great story. That part when the guy had to amputate his arm and then the machine latched onto it? - Insane!! When I read that part, I almost called Arthur (who was just downstairs) to be like: "Oh my god!! That guy's arm!!" And then when the girl gets infected with the germ...!!! There were actually some pages I didn't want to touch because the pictures were so gross...like when I was a kid ...more
Chelsy
Oct 16, 2011 Chelsy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: robotprophet
Shelves: manga-shelf
This book proves that all B movies should be mangas. I would read every one of them!
Jack
While I enjoyed this (and volume 2), it just didn't pack the same punch as Tomie or Uzumaki. I'd still recommend it to anyone interested in Ito's work. The art is stellar (as usual), and the story is wonderfully & horrifically surreal.

The main issue I had with it is that it's just so darn short. The length really impeded character development, and I had a hard time sympathizing with the relationship the protagonist had with his girlfriend.

All in all: if you're just getting into Junji Ito,
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Aljohara
Gyo is a horror manga by the brilliant Junji Ito. It takes place in a Japanese island where a young boy and his picky girlfriend are on a vacation. The trip goes well until they discover a weird creature that crawled out of the sea. It has the body of a fish but with weird legs, soon later the wild creature invades the island and soon Tokyo.
It is not my favourite Ito book because unlike uzumaki the book doesn't have a lot of blood or creepy characters. It just focuses on on the terrifying situat
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Stephen
Another journey into the weird world of Junji Ito with Gyo. Kaori and Tadashi are in a vacation at Okinawa, but then they come across a fish with legs? Although with it comes a putrid rotting stench. After they have seemingly disposed of it, for some reason Kaori still smells the stench and is getting stronger. They discover more fish with legs are walking out of the ocean, bringing along more stench and before long everything goes out of control in Japan..

The story straighaway dives into the st
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Alexandra
I really do love my bizarro horror manga. This is my least favorite of Junji Ito's work that I have read thus far (Uzumaki was, after all, absolutely incredible). Still, this manga gave me the creepy-crawlies and there's no way I'm not finishing the series, although I am glad that it's as short as it is. I read half of my remaining half of this manga last night and had nightmares about walking, floating, rotting-legged sea creatures, so this story definitely did a number on me. Oy!
It has the unf
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Talyn
May 09, 2012 Talyn rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Junji Ito, fans of creepy horror manga, those wishing for a good scare
Gyo is a manga by a very popular horror writer, Junji Ito, who is known for Uzumaki.

Gyo itself gave me the creeps. I just read it today at school during my classes (don't worry, homework done!) and I couldn't help but show my friends some of the creepy and 'wtf' stuff in this manga (view spoiler) .

Junji Ito is very creative, in a creepy way. Who comes up with this stuff?

And by 'this stuff' I mean t
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Nina
Warning: This review may contain spoilers.

Tadashi and Kaori are on a nice vacation overseas. Their trip turns bad quick when they discover a strange creature- a fish with legs that emits a putrid smell. More walking fish appear from the ocean. Before they know it, the entire town is swamped with these strange creatures.

While reading this manga, I was thinking, "How could he have drawn all these?!" The drawings are really gruesome. I don't think I can look at fish the same way again. This was cre
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Charles Dee Mitchell
And we're off!

Junji Ito's last outing involved a remote seaside village overcome by a geometric shape. That idea may not leave you shaking in your boots, but by the time Uzumaki reached its transcendent conclusion, Ito had literally put you through the wringer. The story gave new meaning to the idea of getting tangled up with your neighbors, and you shared with the protagonists the finer points of how to balance prohibitions against cannibalism with the fact that your little brother had turned i
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Cassie-la
REVIEW ALSO ON: http://bibliomantics.com/2011/04/29/m......

The third and most disturbing series I read from Junji Ito was Gyo: The Death Stench Creeps, in which dead fish taken over by sentient metal legs created by the military arrive on land and terrorize the world. This plot by far was the most ridiculous and the most horrifying, with the beautiful main heroine Kaori being infected with a monstrous disease that results in her body spewing gas out of all orifices, bloating to an unhealthy leve
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Kate
Dec 20, 2009 Kate rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kate by: Noah Soudrette
Shelves: 2009, age-ya, horror, manga
I enjoyed Uzumaki by Ito so I figured I'd give this one a try - it looked a lot like a Japanese version of Jaws, with a koi fish as the shark.

A young couple on vacation in Okinawa are having some trouble. Kaori starts smelling something bad, like dead fish, and starts freaking out when her boyfriend Tadashi tries to kiss her, even if he's just brushed his teeth. Then these creatures start scuttling around the house. Tadashi smashes one against the wall with a box, and they discover that the cre
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Andrea
I love seafood and this book will makes it difficult to shake those images out of my mind. I'm biased to Ito. I love his work. His human characters tend to look the same but he knows how to make unique monsters. Even if you do not like the story line, the artwork will keep you reading. If you hate aquatic animals then this book will give you 100 more reasons to hate them. The ending of was the cherry on top of this crazy book and I look forward to reading the final book.
Marissa
I stumbled across Gyo at my favorite used bookstore in Salt Lake City, Ken Sanders Rare Books. It is always especially great finding weird graphic novels at used bookstores because it feels like more of a real discovery. I especially felt that way this time, because I really dig horror manga, but it can actually be pretty rare to find it most of the time. I was a big fan of the Uzumaki series also and Gyo definitely does not disappoint by comparison. I don't know if I've ever read another comic ...more
Morgan
This is one of the most innovative (and creepy) science fiction horror manga series I've read in a while. It's rather gruesome in places, but overall a pretty apt commentary on the effects of modern technology run amok. The concept is ultimately fantastical, but the themes are quite relevant, and Itou manages to address them without getting soapbox-y. It's also surprisingly funny some places, and moving in others. Definitely worth a read.
Andrea Santucci
La premessa, abbastanza bizzarra, mi ha attirato fin da subito. Il mio giudizio finale, in effetti, sarebbe di quattro stelline, ma ho deciso di levarne una perché Kaori, la coprotagonista femminile, mi ha letteralmente provocato il rigetto ogni volta che la vedevo apparire sulla pagina. Non i pesci zombie, non le varie illustrazioni macabre, a nausearmi è stata una ragazza rompipalle.
Pete
From the writer and artist creator of the Uzumaki spiral horror series, comes Gyo, a tale of sea creatures becoming mysteriously land-faring and swarming Japanese cities.

I liked Uzaumaki quite a bit, and once you glance inside Gyo and see a rotting zombie great white shark on insect legs, scurrying up from the surf and devouring beach-combers, it's hard to say no. Though it's low on gore, Gyo still manages to be thoroughly disgusting in its own special way, but it's real success is in Ito's see
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Chibineko
Gyo is a horror manga put out by the genius that is Junji Ito (Tomie, Uzumaki). It surrounds a young boy & his very picky girlfriend while they are vacationing at the beach. All goes well (aside from some pickiness & whining from his girl) until they discover an unusual creature that has crawled out of the sea. It has the body of a fish, but with strange legs and tubes sticking into it. Little do the young lovers know that this was the beginning of the end for not only the world, but for ...more
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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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