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Uzumaki: Spiral Into Horror

(Uzumaki #1-3)

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  12,073 ratings  ·  1,547 reviews
Deluxe Edition contains all 3 volumes!

KurÔzu-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 According to Shuichi Saito, the withdrawn boyfriend of teenager Kirie Goshima, their town is haunted not by a person or being but by a pattern: uzumaki, the spiral, the hypnotic secret shape of the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
Hardcover, Deluxe Edition, 656 pages
Published 2013 by VIZ Media, LLC (first published March 1st 2000)
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Ricardo The hardcover edition includes all 19 chapters plus a bonus "lost chapter". It also has a short comic "afterword".

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the most horrifying book i’ve ever read
Wow, what a macabre masterpiece. This was gory and grotesque and very disturbing and at the same time the story is amazing and I could hardly put it down. It was amazing and it had boundless imagination. The story kept getting more and more hopeless until the bitter end. I mean this really is a horror story, but man, it's so good at the same time. It's a nightmarish brilliant piece of art. I can't explain it better than that.

Thank goodness the artwork is in black and white except for one chapte
Johann (jobis89)
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Spirals... this town is contaminated with spirals...”

If all horror manga is as fucked-up and disturbing as Uzumaki, then my bank balance will have something else to worry about, in addition to my coffee addiction.

Kurouzu-cho, a small fogbound town on the coast of Japan, is cursed. However, the town is not haunted by a person or a being, but a pattern - uzumaki, the spiral.

That synopsis sounds a bit ridiculous, doesn’t it? Yet Ito manages to make such a concept absolutely terrifying! His imagina
Raeleen Lemay
WHAT A RIDE. I am already itching to get my hands on some more Junji Ito, because I'm in a spooky frame of mind and only he can deliver this level of creepiness and body horror!
Anthony Vacca
Apr 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Possibly one of the most inspired hunks of derangement I have ever had the pleasure to thumb through. Manga maker Junji Ito conjures up an epic phantasmagoria that obsessively plumbs the most modest of shapes, a spiral, for all the perversity and horror to be found within its endless contours. Set in a small town, the first segment of chapters presents various ways in which a spiral can configure into madness, mutation and murder. A slow-moving fatso turns into a lusty snail. A battle for popula ...more
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
If you've been following my reviews for a while, you may remember that, a few months back, I accidentally got Volume 2 instead of Volume 1 from the library and decided to read it, anyways. I was less than impressed (and incredibly confused) and chalked it halfway up to not having read the beginning of the story (my mistake) and halfway up to this manga just not being my cup of tea. I decided recently that I wanted to give it another try by reading the entire story, since I know this is a very po ...more
Oh man, Jugs & Capes. This club sure knows how to expand my horizons.

I haven't read much (any?) manga. And this one, which seems to be something of an international cult horror fave, was certainly an interesting place to start.

It'd be tough to be terribly spoilery because any description I give you won't make much sense if you don't read the book. But let's just say that Uzumaki is about a town that gets overtaken by spirals. (I know, right?) This takeover assumes many forms, from spiral-shape
Roxana Chirilă
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It all starts with a man who becomes obsessed with spirals - he collects kimonos with spiral patterns, he looks endlessly at snails, he commissions a spiral bowl from the potter in town. And, well, there are quite a lot of spiral-y patterns in nature, just look at those leaves!

But as time goes by, his obsession grows so much that his wife throws out his spiral collection, and he decides he can turn his body into spirals: he spins his eyes around, he rolls his tongue into a chameleon-like spiral
Janie C.
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing artwork and a creepy story. What more can you ask for?
Angel Noir
It’s like a strange dream you’d have ...if you ate too much sugar right before bed, had a low grade fever, over indulged in NyQuil, or fell asleep too fast from exhaustion. As the story continued, it got even weirder —even to the end where I was like, “WTF... did I just read?!” It was worth every twist and turn, so to speak. Nope, I’ll own that one, pun intended. If you don’t mind shoving reason down a disposal, then this book is for you. Every time I wanted to tell Reality to take a hike, I pic ...more

Wow this one was a RIDE - I was always confused by what people meant about this being a book about a town obsessed with spirals but now I GET IT.

This one started and ended SO STRONG but definitely lost me for about 200-250 pages in there (when the storms started happening and the twisters) which is why it dropped a bit in rating for me but I still HIGHLY recommend - super creepy and unsettling !
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

“I saw it myself now. His eyes were spinning around and around…separately."


Among storytellers of whatever stripe, conventional wisdom dictates that there are two genres which you have to work the hardest at to perfect: comedy and horror (the kind that evokes dread, not the one that assaults you with cheap jump-scares). Both are very specific responses to elicit from your audience, and enormously tough to pull off.

It shouldn't come as a surprise then that horror comics rar
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: librarybooks, manga
When Shuichi Saito's father turns himself into a human spiral killing himself getting cremated, his ashes are accidentally sent up into the atmosphere and land into dragonfly pond. This results in a horrifying curse that is spread onto the small coastal town of Kurôzu-cho, Japan. Can Kirie Goshima and the rest of the town survive the Spiral curse that is Uzumaki? Read on and find out for yourself.

This was a pretty good and freaky horror anime. The artwork is great and it had a good storyline too
Krista Regester
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Junji Ito gives me the absolute best nightmares.
Cameron Chaney
Okay, I know what you're thinking: only three stars?! Yes. Three stars. Keep in mind that three stars isn't bad. Three stars means I liked the book. And I did like it, for the most part. In fact, I loved the first three quarters of Uzumaki, and I thought I would be giving it five stars... until it took a (view spoiler) turn that I did not care for. (view spoiler) ...more
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 stars--amazing. This novel is a frenetic nightmare of imagery. The stories and art combine to create a truly chilling, fascinating tale. If you're a horror fan, it's a must-read.
Chaunceton Bird
Gripping, haunting, and super weird. What more could one want from a book? Junji Ito writes and draws Lovecraftian horror quite well. I was pleasantly surprise by how good this was.
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my very first foray into manga, and it's definitely not going to be my last.

I've been aware of manga for a long time, but I had no idea that horror manga existed. I'm assuming that Ito is sort of the master of horror manga, but I'm definitely not sure, so don't rely on that. He has a number of books, and I've already purchased 3 more, and will probably end up buying the rest, since I've already had people recommend other titles to me. I also have a friend who lives in Japan, and she hook
I meant to read this in one day, but it felt like it took me forever. (Maybe I'm turning into a snail person?)

The good:
- The art.
- Some really creepy body horror moments, especially in the early chapters.

The bad:
- The characters don't act like people. There's no clear motivation for what they do, especially staying in town. (Yeah, it's sort of explained right at the end of the book, but that explanation feels too late and too insufficient.) They don't change or grow in convincing ways, and I s
Mur Lafferty
Excellent horror. The gore is low and the "OMG WEIRD F-ED UP STUFF" is high. The only downside is there is supposedly a romantic subplot (it is kind of important near the end) that fails to deliver. If they didn't say "boyfriend" I would assume the protag's boyfriend was just a neighbor who was a good friend. But this was amazing overall.
Baal Of
This was the most recent selection for the Nightmare Factory book club, which I had suggested based on my reading of the Viz editions in the early 2000's. I loved Uzumaki when I first read it, which then launched me on the pursuit of reading anything I could find by Junji Ito, and for me this re-reading didn't just reveal how well Uzumaki holds up, but cemented this story as my favorite horror manga. Horror is particularly difficult to pull off well in comic form. For many people, the criticisms ...more
Stewart Tame
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've previously rated this as individual volumes, but rereading it in a single collection just begs for a proper review.

Uzumaki is one of the most disturbing and genuinely terrifying horror comics I've ever read. There's a nightmarish sense of creeping dread that pervades this book. I actually had to put it aside a few times, not wanting to subject my mind to any more of Junji Ito's art for a while.

Uzumaki tells the tale of Kurouzucho, a small city in Japan that becomes haunted not by a ghost,
Jedi JC Daquis
May 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While in the hospital, I read Uzumaki. This huge tome that collects all three volumes is the horror-child of Junji Ito. It has a twisted (no pun intended) imagery that is just so eerily beautiful to look at. What started as episodic and seemingly strange events that took place in the town of Kurouzo-cho became horrific mystery that involves the whole town.

The first few chapters of this deluxe edition are full of promise and genuinely scary. With the spirals he drew, Junji Ito has effectively mad
Garrett price
Dec 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For the most part this is a good manga. A good setup and a great conclusion. A ridiculous nonsensical premise. And beautiful surrealistic artwork from horror manga master Jungi Ito. The one problem though was that there are to many filler stories that feel like side chapters. It starts off as a linear plot and then develops into seemingly different short stories, but the story eventually picks back up again towards the end. I feel like this would make a fantastic video game. Please Hideo Kojima?
Emm C²
"This town is contaminated by spirals!"

It's contaminated with many stranger things than spirals, if you ask me.
Vampiric mothers-to-be, a lighthouse whose beam melts flesh, hair that takes a life of its own, all products of madness caused by an unknown force which is slowly taking over a sleepy mountain town.
I read this series before it was that popular, being kind of a quirky cult classic. I owe Uzumaki and its artist a lot. This started a complete re-evaluation of the way I look at art, I had
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lovecraftian horror meets body horror in this collection of Junji Ito's comics.
And shit, it gets scary!

The chapters tell distinct stories, but they accumulate in a more and more twisted (ha!) way, leaving the characters facing something they can't understand and can't fight.
The premise of this comic doesn't seem too scary - a particular town is infected with a spiral. The spirals are everywhere: plants are spiral-shaped, snails are spiral-shaped, whirlwind turns like a spiral, even human body co
For the past few months, every time I walk into our local comic store I found myself hesitating near this book and petting it. I don't really read manga, but for some reason the prettiness of the edition, the bizarre and creepy cover art, and the spiral....just kept drawing me in.

So I bit the bullet and bought it (it isn't owned by my library system), and I am SO GLAD I DID. I feel like the art in most manga is kind of light and airy and sketchy, and it feels like it's just there to representati
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, horror
Uzumaki was surprisingly good. I didn't know what to expect, but was surprised by what I found. The art style is truly gorgeous and is one of the best manga art styles I've seen.

The story focuses upon two teenagers- Kirie Goshima and her boyfriend, Shuichi Saito. They live in a small rural town called Koruzo-Cho. At the very start of the story we see Shuichi complaining to Kirie about how much he dislikes this town and wants to move away. The reason? There is something very wrong with the town.

Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
This had the potential of being really, really creepy but unfortuantely fell extremely flat for me. The art style was terrifying and the premise of a town being haunted by a spiral was definitely intriguing; however, story-wise this just wasn't interesting at all.

No convincing build-up of suspense, no actual reasons for why what is happening is happening and also no compelling characters to care about throughout the story. Most chapters follow the pattern of a new character being introduced that
080815 first review: vivid, viscous, visual, visceral. this manga is all art in the best medium, better than the movie i barely recall, more essentially visual than written fiction could offer, the art is representational, images tactile, distorting, horrific. it is true i have not read much horror manga to compare, or horror in all mediums (66 books), but from surrealistic conception to typical, uninflected, direct artwork, it is difficult to imagine more effective work. this is the sort of hor ...more
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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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