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3.86  ·  Rating details ·  10,889 ratings  ·  1,384 reviews
Something is rotten in Okinawa...

The floating smell 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 creepiest masterpiece of horror manga ever from the creator of Uzumaki, Junji Ito. Hold your breath until all is revealed.
Hardcover, Deluxe Edition, 397 pages
Published April 21st 2015 by VIZ Media LLC (first published 2002)
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Jan 08, 2020 rated it liked it
the story itself was plotted haphazardly and over the top, but ito's art style was amazing and there was def some pretty gnarly body horror
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was the first book I've read by Junji Ito and all I can say is... his mIND. ...more
Sam Quixote
Apr 10, 2018 rated it liked it
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Paul Bryant
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Blame my daughter, now back from university with her degree and her mountain of manga. I idly picked up this volume and rapidly found my brain to be dislocated from normal thought processes – you may know (but I didn’t) that you have to read manga back to front, but more than that, right to left, which means, that if there are two speech bubbles in a panel you read the one on the right first – it takes a while to get fluent with that – whilst at the same time having to cope with a dreadful smell ...more
" . . . the only thing we have to fear is fear itself . . . "
Franklin D. Roosevelt

"We have nothing to fear but fear itself, and deep sea denizens that sprout legs and come ashore in a frenzied feeding rampage."

It's both B-movie madness and an ichthyologist's wet dream when walking fish roam the streets looking for hapless humans.
And, no - they're not into "catch and release."


This is probably the most disgusting graphic novel I've ever read. It was gross, repulsive, and I tore thro
ΕιζΝιnΕ, a.k.a. Víðarr Andlát Fenris
[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 smoke some pot, 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 communicable
Janie C.
Feb 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Possibly the original Sharknado, with legs and flatulence. My favorite part was a short bonus story, "The Enigma of Amigara Fault." ...more
Matthew Hernandez
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
A uniquely weird, grotesque story that creates tension and atmosphere like no other artist out there...highly recommended!
Dave Schaafsma
May 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow. So the thing about a nightmare is that it lasts a few minutes, you maybe wake up, have a glass of water, and go back to bed. With Ito, his nightmares last a really really long time and you just can't get out of them. And yes, you are IN his nightmare, 400 pages of nightmare. I have read Uzumaki and Museum of Terror (and Ito's cute Cat Diary memoir, but that you have to set aside for minute, since it has little to do what the scary stuff) and now this, thanks to Eisnein and Stewart Tame and ...more
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-shelf, horror

Junji Ito is a MASTER of B-level gross-out horror. Of course, this is manga, and extremely simple in characterization, but that DOES NOT MATTER AT ALL.

We go from a fish -- with legs -- and a horrible stink freaking out a young couple... all the way to THE END OF THE WORLD.

Yep. Two volumes. Gross-out-horror. Over-the-top. FREAKISHLY delightful.

You remember those classic B-Movie horrors from the fifties? Do you wish you could forget them? Or how about if you could kick all the cens
Edward Lorn
May 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is great. I should've read it before Uzumaki because it's not as good, but it's still better than the majority of western comics, with regards to art consistency and originality. ...more
Sep 19, 2019 rated it liked it
I like weird. I truly do. But I'm not a big fan of trying-so-hard-to-be-scary-that-it's-silly. Nor am I a big fan of stretching credulity to the complete breaking point. The number of far-fetched "coincidences" in Junji Ito's Gyo- that the main character's uncle is so tied in with this worldwide threat, that the "stench" follows the female second (Kaori) across islands and it's only her, at first, and no one else, who can detect the coming disaster. I didn't buy it. The art was incredible, the s ...more
Feb 22, 2021 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of junji ito (otherwise, read "uzumaki" first)
Recommended to jade by: myself after going on a full horror spiral when i was like 14 and then had nightmares for weeks
Shelves: horror, manga
“don’t worry… it’ll go away.”

if you’ve ever read anything by ito, you know that the above quote is a boldfaced lie.

there is something bleak and unending underlying most of his stories; cycles that are meant to repeat again and again until the end of time. there is no respite; there is no escape. think of the violence-inspiring woes of the immortal tomie or the repetitive, destructive nature of the spiral in ito’s most well-known series, uzumaki.

the same goes for gyo, appropriately s
Jedi JC Daquis
May 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
2018 short edit: I appreciated Gyo even more, Junji Ito really has the talent to create horror out of obsession. I'm giving this another star.

Original review: There are quite a few misses in Gyo plot-wise but it manages to deliver a genuine horror experience in the graphic novel medium. Junjo Ito, in his eerie drawing style captivated me in many of Gyo's pages. I have to stop reading the speech bubbles and just look at the grotesque magnificence of his illustrations.

In Gyo, parasitic WWII-era sp
Michael Sorbello
The rancid stench of death hangs over the island of Okinawa. Something fishy (literally) is causing the unbearable stench to spread at an alarming rate, and that's when a legion of rotting fish with robotic legs emerge from the ocean and devour everything in sight. It's a very scary concept, what if sharks, whales, squids and other unsightly sea creatures suddenly gained the ability to walk on land and feast on whatever they pleased?

The story was wacky but also very imaginative. As someone with
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019
4.5 stars. I almost threw up several times. Highly recommend.
Anthony Vacca
May 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another insane and particularly nauseating work of creative deviancy and bodily horror from macabre manga fabulist Junji Ito. This one starts on an absurd note and by the halfway mark reaches nearly transcendental heights of absurdity. A terrible stench heralds the coming of rotting fish sporting insectile legs. As these fishy menaces stampede the beaches of Japan, crawling their putrid way toward the major cites, a young couple finds themselves caught up within the mayhem. Things take a literal ...more
Emm - "That Book You Like is Coming Back in Style"
I'm proud of this omnibus. I think everything Junji Ito comes up with is a masterpiece, even when it's about fish with legs hunting people down to transform them into rabid zombified gas monsters - the plotline of Gyo.
Like the majority of Ito's manga, if it had been literally anyone else writing this, a premise with that brand of deep insanity might not have worked, but the reliance on top-notch, realistic artwork and weird biologic experiments, along with some clever dialogue makes for a real
Jenny Lawson
Oct 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Bizarro horror manga. Not my favorite one of his, but still uniquely creepy.
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was SOOOO fun! The artwork is terrific (duuuh, it's Junji Ito, of course it is), the story is as weird as it gets and I recommend this ridiculously good manga to everyone everywhere.
That's it, that's the review.
Jun 20, 2021 rated it liked it
3/5 stars

I was very excited/scared to read this as I am terrified of the ocean and anything in it, and it definitely excels in the creepy fish department. Anytime that awful shark-thing was on page I was just ready to die.

However, I’m a bit let down. The story is so haphazard and makes literally no sense — but whatever, it’s fun and the art is amazing (as usual). It’s better than the earlier stories from Tomie but not as good as the horrifying Uzumaki .

The characters were flat and the end
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga, horror
4.0 Stars
Mixing together creature horror with body horror, this manga hit on so many of my bookish buzzwords. Junji Ito is quickly becoming a favourite author of mine. He has the ability to take a simple concept and make it feel fresh and absolutely disturbing. As always, his artwork is bizarre, gruesome and utterly gut wrenching. Admittedly, the concept behind this manga was very far fetched, but once I suspended my disbelief, I was sucked into the gripping narrative and couldn’t put it down. I
Apr 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
It took about to the mid-point for this manga to go full-on bonkers, which makes it move a little slower than some of the author’s other books that I’ve recently read. Still, I get the impression Ito really enjoys himself as he’s making these. You can sense it in every panel - in the maniacal detail he puts into each drawing. It’s pretty gross, and definitely bizarre, so know what you’re getting into!
Jason Howl
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It was as wild and weird as Uzumaki but Ito didn't let us get to know the characters and so I didn't feel for them as much as I did when falling down his"spiral" of horror. Still, definitely worth your time. ...more
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it

GYO - 3.5/5stars super weird, super gruesome, but not scary

(bonus story) The Enigma at Arigata Fault - 5/5stars remains one of the scariest, most unsettling things I've ever read
Jan 19, 2020 rated it liked it
While I’m not that big on body horror, I have to admit the story was good and creepy. 3⭐️
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
First, Junji Ito has to have one of the most twisted and bizarre imaginations to ever exist.

Second, I've come to realize that Ito's work is extremely hit-and-miss for me, and sadly, Gyo was a miss. It wasn't awful by any means, but it was just dragged out for way too long, and the plot wasn't particularly interesting. I felt like nearly half of the book was just the characters yelling about how bad everything smelled.

Anyways, I always really recommend Junji Ito's work to lovers of horror manga,
Becca & The Books
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well that was a wild ride 😂
The Artisan Geek
Jul 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Over the years, I have read a lot of Junji Ito's work, but surprisingly I wasn't that much a fan of this story. I know most of Ito's characters are rather superficial and that the concentration is more on the story line and gore - and I don't really mind that, but this was a miss for me. I didn't like the nature of the gore, it was a bit too vulgar for my taste and that in combination of the two main characters being really flat made me not to really love this manga. I really detested the
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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 o ...more

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