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Gyo, Vol. 1

(Gyo #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  3,062 ratings  ·  176 reviews
Series Description: Just when you thought it was safe to get out of the water, fish grow legs! From the mind of acclaimed artist Junji Ito comes this diabolic cross between Resident Evil and The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau. Yes, it's Gyo, where terror takes the name of horribly mutated fish and sea creatures that invade, en masse, a seaside town. Sophisticated, atmo ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published September 10th 2003 by Viz Media (first published February 28th 2002)
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liliko As Janna said, Gyo is not scary at all. Check out more of his one shots, those are actually scary. Also, most of his horror is psychological, and you…moreAs Janna said, Gyo is not scary at all. Check out more of his one shots, those are actually scary. Also, most of his horror is psychological, and you tend to think they're more scary after thinking about them. (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
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga-japan

Save the best for later. But I didn't find this is as his 'best'. I just love the bizarre element of surprise in Gyo. I watched the anime movie first then read the manga. There's a bit prologue also no sexual scene like in the anime.

It begins with stinky smells invaded part of Okinawa, Japan. The couple, Tadashi and Kaori went on a research or holiday (I think?) when they discovered a weird fish with spider legs. Tadashi managed to kill it but somehow it didn't die. Then there's a big s
Tadashi y Kaori están de vacaciones en Okinawa, cuando son atacados por peces con patas que salen del mar. A estos peces les acompaña un hedor espantoso, algo a lo que es muy sensible Kaori.

‘Gyo, Tomo 1’ (GYO 1, 2002), de Junji Ito, es un gran manga, emocionante e imaginativo. El dibujo es magnífico, y la idea muy original. Ahora a leer el segundo y último tomo.
Michael Jandrok
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Man, this manga stinks. It carries a stench from page one all the way through to the end of the book. Horrid. Nasty. Putrid. It’s kinda like that dead cat out there marinating behind the dumpster that hasn’t been picked up for a week during the height of summer. Oh, and it’s pretty fun, too.

“Gyo” is a horror manga written and illustrated by Junji Ito, who is probably better known for two of his other popular horror mangas, “Uzumaki” and “Tomie.” Ito is renowned for his vivid imagination and the
Caro the Helmet Lady
Stupid as it is, it's pretty interesting.
Sumit Singla
Sep 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
juan carlos
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Estoy aprendiendo tanto de este maestro del horror, que no se como agradecerlo. Gyo es una historia perturbadora, grotesca, que los amantes del terror deben leer.

¿Para qué leer gyo?

1. Para descubrir a peces con patas, tiburones con patas, y toda clase de animales acuáticos que transpiran olor a muerte y salen del océano para crear caos. Una trama original, ¿a poco no?
2. Pasada de seres extraños a situaciones científicas a un gas mortífero que sublime manera de aterrar.
3. Los diálogos son adictiv
(vol. 1-2 tamat)

Buat yang dulu suka mantengin bioskop/Layar Emas untuk nonton B-movie tentang hiu/piranha/buaya/serangga super yang menyerbu manusia....

Sebuah persembahan dari komikus horor ternama, Junji Ito, dan karya pertama beliau yang diterbitkan di Indonesia.....

GYOOOOOO //badumbadumbadum

(*entah apa arti 'Gyo' itu sendiri.... tebakan saya, mungkin itu suara jeritan tokoh-tokohnya sewaktu diserbu para monster. Atau suara kalau lagi kecekik tulang ikan)

Seperti disinggung di atas, plot komik
Jun 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 15, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this and many drawings were awesomely gross, but this is nowhere near my favourite work by Mr Junji Ito - "Uzumaki" (Spiral) because its plot was just too... Hollywood and not Japanese enough for me. I wish the plot development could have been more complicated and the characterisation could have been more impactful. Many scenes in this were hilarious (the tank chasing after the big fish HAHAHAHA, the secretary who despite being very stressed always had her hair tied up in a perfect bun ...more
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was one very creepy read! And the graphics! I'm giving it 4 stars mainly for the art that was exceptional. Characters needed a little bit more of depth but it's okay.
Feb 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Orrin Grey
Jul 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
Antonio Diaz
Dec 31, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: spanish-owned
Buena premisa, pero el desarrollo de Uzumaki me pareció más redondo y terrorífico. Kaori, la novia del protagonista, es inaguantable.
Elizabeth S.E
Feb 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mangas
Estado: todos los tomos/capítulos leidos.
John Wiswell
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
The incredibly campy classic comic by Junji Ito. If you've seen weird black and white drawings of a shark on legs terrorizing a small town, it's probably from this thing. I had to try it just to get a sense of where those images came from.

Gyo is vintage Junji Ito. It follows a bickering couple who wind up stranded at a seaside town, their vacation and spats over bad breath suddenly interrupted by aquatic creatures invading their property. At first it's a strange lung fish, which leads into a woe
DeAnna Knippling
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
This review is for both volumes of the series.

Terrible fish with legs rise up out of the sea, spreading an unspeakable stink everywhere. They are unkillable...they are already dead.

I thought this was good and a fun read, but not one of my favorites. There was a bit too much explaining going on for this to hit the top marks. The situation is utterly ridiculous, and it gets even more so. Usually this isn't a problem with the creator's work, but combined with all the explaining it pops the bubble
Trigger warning: Suicidal imagery


Hovers around 3 and 3.5. I wasn't as impressed as I was with Uzumaki. I guess one of the reasons is I was finding some of it more comical and I was hoping for horror. (I couldn't get the image of Sharknado out of my brain!)
Negar Moghadam
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
A great horror manga . I wish the characters were more well-developed but the art was so fascinating it deserves 4 stars .
story in short : Legged-fishes apocalypse
Feb 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
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.
Aug 06, 2015 added it
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!
Ignacio Senao f
Mar 16, 2015 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.
Oct 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
No sé si este manga da miedo, pero asco da bastante.
Aug 05, 2016 rated it liked it
I really like Junji Ito's work. So freaky yet amazing.
Oct 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
Magenta  Cooly
Oct 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: robotprophet
Shelves: manga-shelf
This book proves that all B movies should be mangas. I would read every one of them!
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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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