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Uzumaki, Volume 1

(Uzumaki #1)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  13,722 ratings  ·  979 reviews
Kurozu-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 According to Shuichi Saito, the withdrawn boyfriend of teenager Kirie Goshima, their town is haunted not by a person or being but by a pattern: uzumaki, the spiral, the hypnotic secret shape of the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 ...more
Paperback, 2nd edition, 208 pages
Published October 16th 2007 by VIZ Media LLC (first published August 1998)
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ConnieL If you like creepy manga or just creepy graphic novels in general, than yes, this book is very good. The art is absolutely stunning albeit in quite a…moreIf you like creepy manga or just creepy graphic novels in general, than yes, this book is very good. The art is absolutely stunning albeit in quite a twisted, morbid way, and the plot is quite unique. (less)
Andy Vale A good place to go next would be Gyo, by the same author. It's also pretty twisted, with some incredibly feats of morbid imagination.

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Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
well, that really spiraled out of control quickly
David Schaafsma
Can a comic--a horror manga, in this case--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 to unsettle me, but this is different, atmospheric, black and white. . . and creepy, nightmare-inducing (maybe). It proceeds less from plot than from images of spirals, of the vortex, proliferating.

Uzumaki, or spirals, seem to take over a town. Possibly curse it. No real
Re-read 2018
OCTOBER read. So worth it. Perfection. :)

Original Review:

Creepy awesomeness. This pacing is perfect and I love the MCs.

The whole town has gone truly sideways. Lovecraft or the Golden Spiral, it doesn't matter, it's all so damn connected anyway. I love it. I love it. He's turned nature and the normal state of reality into something truly horrific and awe-full. These images are going to stay with me for a very long time, and I say that with utter abandonment and joy.

Setup, punch,
Oct 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic, fantasy
Lovecraft approves of your spirals.

(Except for that last story, with the hair. That was weak. Still creepy, but weak.)
Tina Haigler
Dec 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
This is going to be hard to put into words but I'll give it my best. The best way to describe this manga is weird. It is so peculiar and strange and I'm not quite sure how I feel about it. I liked it enough but I didn't keep turning the page because I was intrigued. I kept turning the page because my brain was short circuiting and looking for answers. In all honesty, it's a very interesting premise but it was a bit too random for me. The characters from one chapter to another had no interaction ...more
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
CONFESSION: This is the first manga I’ve ever read. IT’S TRUE! While I love graphic novels in general, for whatever reason, I’d just gloss over the manga titles like they were telephone books. Perhaps it’s because they read backwards from the English titles that I’m used to. In case you’re wondering, the answer is yes, I had to give myself a bit of a learning curve when it came to the mechanics of the Japanese-style book design when I started this thing. Even the word balloons read from right to ...more
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I adored the died of a horror manga simply based on the idea of a "spiral." I now genuinely get freaked out by the idea that part of the inner ear has a "spiral." My main and only issue is that it dived straight into the horror aspect before we get to know the characters. Because of that, part of me didn't care if everyone died.
Paige  Bookdragon
Dec 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016, manga, horror
Okay fuck that was creepy.

I'm only at Chapter 4 yet and won't probably be able to continue for quite a while because I have to return the book, but holy fuck, I've never been so disgusted and creeped out by a book.

Junji Ito, what kind of world do you live in?
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A creepy comic about a town in Japan that suddenly gets cases of people going crazy and it all has to do with spirals.

The comic (manga) consists of 6 chapters, short stories within a larger context if you will, all detailing events in the same town as seen through the eyes of a young teenage girl.
We have her best friend's father going crazy as well as the resulting consequences for that friend's mother, before another friend of the protagonist's as well as neighbours and even her own family are
Sam Quixote
Nov 19, 2015 rated it liked it
The small town of Kurozu-Cho (a Japanese version of Lovecraft’s Innsmouth) is haunted by… a pattern! Wooooo! Yup, spirals - lines going round and round - are deadly. It sound silly but that’s pretty original really. I don’t think I’ve read a horror that’s got so abstract a big bad, AND Junji Ito manages to make them disturbing too so kudos!

Our hero is schoolgirl Kirie whose boyfriend’s father is obsessed with spirals – and then terrible things happen to him! Then later the boyfriend’s mother is
Seth T.
Jul 28, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
[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
Jul 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sleeping with Ghosts
Sincerely, this style of manga don't like me at all. Too much gore and obscure...
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga-japan

Uzumaki is Japanese for Spiral.

Fucking blow my mind! Obsession for spiral? It started from a small town, Kurōzu-cho which is cursed by supernatural events. The main lead, Kirie asked by her boyfriend, Shuichi to leave the town. Shuichi has eerie feeling with his surrounding but Kirie didn't really buy it. Then, the bizarre phenomenon start from Shuichi's father. His obsession towards spiral caused several deaths including him.

After what happened to his parents, Shuichi rarely leave his

Spiral Obsession (part 1) : 3/5
Spiral Obsession (part 2) : 4/5
The Scar: 0.35/5
The Firing Effect: 2.75/5
Twisted Souls: i won't bother with any rating
Medusa: WHY??? 1.5/5

Artwork : 4/5 though I wish it was a little less text heavy.
So, over all 2.85 underwhelmed stars
P.S: I liked the Afterword better than most of the stories.
Khashayar Mohammadi
What an absolutely unsettling experience. There's something eerie about the abstract nature of the book's cosmic, Lovecraftian forces of evil that shook me to my core. Who knew that the absurd obsession with the abstract concept of a "Spiral" could create such horrors...
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
4.5 Stars - Who knew that spirals could be so horrifying!?!

Playing with elements of psychological horror, the manga was incredibly dark and twisted. I honestly did not expect to have such a strong reaction to this deceptively simplistic story. The artwork was incredibly disturbing and gruesome. I highly recommend this weird manga to serious horror readers looking for an intense reading experience.
John Wiswell
Feb 28, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Caro the Helmet Lady
You can't win with this thing...


I think... I enjoyed it... Now off to find some snails...
May 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
Jul 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Shalini Nemo
This review is for the entire series.

Uzumaki is truly visceral horror, body horror so extreme you feel nauseous. It isn't even splatterpunk and there's little gore, but it's very distressing just the same. I couldn't even look at swirly for a couple of days after reading this. True to Ito's style, there is never any hope, and all we can do is watch everything crumble so very, very slowly. Be glad this is a work of fiction... or IS IT?
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.
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was definitely different. This is one of the stories that I'll continue to think about for weeks after. Spirals...
Kaethe Douglas
Such fun! I seem to be wallowing in horror a bit these days, in between my more serious non-fiction reads. Totally unknown to me until the high school student handed it to me with a suggestion to give it a go. I didn't have a problem picking it up and starting at the back, but I did sometimes forget to read from right to left, always realizing my mistake with the next frame. Total nostalgic bliss for me: I loved horror comics as a child, and gave them to the senior back when he was small and ...more
Xara Niouraki
I don't know if it's because I've read too many horror manga or watched too many horror anime but I can't find this manga terrifying. It's weird all right but when I finished the volume I just asked myself So what? Why should I be scared? It just doesn't make any sense. Usually I get scared pretty easily but this is just a bunch of weird stories with some disturbing images, but there are a lot of disturbing manga out there and I've read a few. It wasn't enough to make an impression. Maybe it was ...more
Michelle Morrell
Residents of a sleepy coastal town become obsessed with spirals, spreading madness and spiral-based terror. Lots of creepy moments and brutal body horror, and some excellently awful art.

This is the first backwards and right-to-left manga I've managed to read in full, I really have to remind myself to read the book in the correct progression on every page, which makes it hard to sink into a story. For this one? That's okay! Because I started seeing spirals and fibonacci patterns EVERYWHERE. On
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was weird, scary and surprising (in a good way)
it was pretty fun to read but overall not worth it for me
Dec 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is solid. I know Ito has gorier work out there, and I will check it out (morbid curiosity), but this is a great introduction to his work.

People on social media have been posting images from his work for a few years now, and I always enjoy it in passing. I’m not sure why I never bit the bullet and read it.

But something new of his just hit shelves the other day. In lieu of buying that, I picked up Uzumaki, and it did not disappoint.

I still think the first story in the volume was the best.
Gorab Jain
Creepy? Not much.
Amusing? Hell Yeah!
Artwork was good... with some excellent crooked frames!
Liked the concept of building up on spirals. Ever tried meditation using concentric circles or spirals?
Well, try it again after reading this and I'm sure you'll get a "different" experience!
The way I look at spirals will change forever.

Will continue with this trilogy, mostly because of fascinating art work.
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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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