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Uzumaki: Spiral Into Horror

(Uzumaki #1-3)

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  5,249 Ratings  ·  622 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 According to Shuichi Saito, the withdrawn boyfriend of teenager Kirie Goshima, their town is haunted not by a person or being but by a pattern: uzumaki, the spiral, the hypnotic secret shape of the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
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Hardcover, Deluxe Edition, 656 pages
Published 2013 by VIZ Media, LLC (first published 2000)
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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
Oriana
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-s
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Oscar
La acción se sitúa en Kurouzu, un pequeño pueblo japonés, donde asistiremos a los más extraños sucesos. Ya desde el inicio, Kirie, la protagonista, tropieza con el padre de su novio Suichi cuando está observando atentamente un caracol. La locura no ha hecho más que empezar. Y es que el pueblo está contaminado por las espirales, como no deja de decir Suichi.

'Uzumaki' (Espiral), de Junji Ito, se publicó entre 1998 y 1999, y es sin duda un referente en cuanto al cómic de terror se refiere. Había vi
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Tristan
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
SPIRAL INTO MADNESS


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

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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 rarel
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Sheila
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.
Amber
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
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Roxana-Mălina Chirilă
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
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Krista Regester
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Junji Ito gives me the absolute best nightmares.
Garrett
Dec 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-manga
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?
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
Emm - Stories for Ghouls
"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
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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
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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.
Beatriz Aguilar Gallo
Grotescamente brutal.
Sara
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
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Brittney
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
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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,
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Theresa
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
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Jackie "the Librarian"
This graphic novel draws the reader in to a world of obsession for spirals that gets weirder and more disturbing the further in you read. Set in an isolated Japanese town, one after another townspeople become afflicted, suffering bizarre fates all associated with spirals. Like a whirlpool sucking you down, there's no escape.
Creepy, weird, gross, fascinating, unlike anything I've ever encountered before, this unique graphic novel attracted and repelled me at the same time.
Jovana Unicorn
Nov 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mindfucked...
Thomas Wagner
Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review coming.
Estelle
Really freaky!!
Octavi
Apr 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A-C-O-J-O-N-A-N-T-E. Brutal.
Linton Newton
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very Lovecraft-inspired manga based around spirals. The first two volumes are more like a short story collection while volume 3 builds on the prior volumes and concludes the story. The art is great and very morbid. I would recommend this for fans of horror, especially Lovecraftian horror.
Travis Heermann
Oct 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book up on a recommendation, and I was not disappointed.
An interesting story, cool concept, and some truly cringe-worthy moments. In a book that uses spirals not only as a motif, but also as a villain, this is some pretty twisted stuff.
Kristin Perkins
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Thoughts:
- Actually, truly, honestly, very scary, occasionally very gross, and very engrossing.
- I wish Shuichi was a more interesting character defined by something other than his (earned) pessimism.
- The switch from episodic to a sustained story felt a little abrupt but it worked well in both formats.
- The total willingness to descend and depict the logical extensions of an apocalypse reminded me of Akira. In the case of Uzumaki, a localized apocalypse, but apocalyptic nonetheless.
- At leas
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Hayley
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dayum son. What is there to say? I became intrigued with Uzumaki's works after seeing an episode of the much-maligned animated adaption of his short stories. The art within the manga is something else. I'm a voracious consumer of horror and psychological thrillers; this had panels that made me queasy.

The plot doesn't waste anyone's time with pretenses of being deep, and yet because the narrative is constantly growing darker and less hopeful, there is still a palpable air of mystery... though mo
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Sanaa
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-read
[4 Stars] I thought the first 2 volumes of this were brilliant. It told a story of a town slowly descending into madness under the curse of "the spiral." Each story left me feeling chilled and more often than not, disturbed. The final volume, however, felt a little too... rushed and disjointed? When I started reading it, I immediately noted how different the story felt from the other chapters; the pacing was just so off. That's not to say the last volume was bad. I actually loved how the story e ...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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