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Gyo Vol. 01 (Gyo / ギョ #1)

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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. Here is the long-awaited new horror manga series from the Eisner-nominated creator of Uzumaki , Junji Ito.
Paperback, 2nd Edition, 200 pages
Published October 16th 2007 by VIZ Media LLC (first published February 28th 2002)
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janna tot 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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[There may be some vague spoilage, but it's still perfectly edible. Edifying. Whatever.]

Undoubtedly the smelliest comic ever published, especially for any readers with a touch of synaesthesia. But don't let that scare you off. Light some scented candles or some fucking incense, you'll be fine.


So... a young couple are attacked by a dead fish skittering around on an automated spider-like prosthesis. The stench is almost as horrifying as the sight of it, symptomatic of a deadly and highly communic
My thought process upon stumbling across this book:

Fish, you say? Dead fish? With legs?


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
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
Jun 19, 2008 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
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
Antonio Diaz
Buena premisa, pero el desarrollo de Uzumaki me pareció más redondo y terrorífico. Kaori, la novia del protagonista, es inaguantable.
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
Feb 16, 2010 Brenna rated it really liked it
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
Feb 16, 2012 Marissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comix, horror
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
I've read other works by Junji Ito, and although the premise and pseudoscience of these volumes is weaker, it doesn't make the story any less horrifying. I love how beautifully he draws characters (until they meet their doom), and am supremely repulsed by the grotesque caricatures of the human form. His use of hatching and dramatic lighting is peerless, and the emotions of his characters are powerfully portrayed. Brilliant!
Oct 29, 2010 Chibineko rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 15, 2009 Circa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
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
Bon... OK... Clairement, je me suis fais aspirée par les mangas de Junji Ito... C'est tellement particulier, tellement malsain... Ça ravit mon âme d'adoratrice des films/séries/livres/BD horrifiques. Encore une fois je ne pourrais pas juger de la qualité d'édition puisque je lis une fois de plus un scan en anglais, de plus je n'ose pas trop me prononcer en ce qui concerne les dessins, pour ma part j'apprécie le trait mais tout le monde n'aimera pas.

Pour faire un petit brief de l'histoire, Kaori
Sophia F
Oct 10, 2014 Sophia F rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga, horror, sci-fi, fantasy
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
Orrin Grey
Jul 21, 2011 Orrin Grey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
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.
Nov 25, 2015 Eleanor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga-shelf
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.
Ignacio Senao f
Mar 16, 2015 Ignacio Senao f rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La cantidad de seres desconocidos y conocidos que hay en el mar, sí a estos les saldrían patas como los cangrejos posiblemente invadirían nuestra tierra. Esto es lo que sucede aquí. Además de esta idea terrorífica, nos sumerge en un olor a podredumbre que nos hace aborrecer el pescado.
Derek Parker
May 01, 2015 Derek Parker rated it really liked it
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
Oct 29, 2014 Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Uzumaki no se va de la cabeza. Como el bebé de Alien, como eso que ves una vez y ya que lo has visto se queda grabado. He seguido con Gyo, igual de enfermo, sólo un punto por debajo de Uzumaki. Fan.
Alisa Wilhelm
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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 when I was a kid ...more
Oct 16, 2011 Chelsy rated it it was amazing  ·  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!
Nov 04, 2014 Jack rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
Feb 16, 2015 Johara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 29, 2016 Morgan rated it it was ok
As most horror manga are, it was a quick read. Not sure what I think of the plot or the concept really. For being quick ready, they don't reveal much for plot and the "hook" for the audience to keep reading seemed a little weak to me. I don't know if I'd go out of my way to read any more of this series, but i will say one thing. This is a unique idea for a horror manga. Walking, rotting, stank fish invasion isn't what you see every day and the outlandishness of the concept makes the book memorab ...more
Tony McMillen
Dec 16, 2015 Tony McMillen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really weird imaginative stuff. Awesome artwork, great details on the fish monsters and the landscapes and buildings etc. My only complaint is that there were only two female characters and they were both written to be almost over the top caricatures. Kaori is presented as a whiny and bullying demanding type of girlfriend who basically screams at her boyfriend for most of the book to fight the monsters and save her as she makes bad decision after bad decision. I think is meant to be funny, and i ...more
Apr 26, 2015 Stephen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
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
Loveliest Evaris
May 09, 2012 Loveliest Evaris rated it liked it  ·  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
Oct 27, 2011 Nina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga, horror
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
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
Jun 14, 2012 Cassie-la rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011-reads

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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Junji Itō (伊藤 潤二) 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 ...more
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