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Uzumaki: Spiral into Horror, Vol. 1

(Uzumaki #1)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  11,273 ratings  ·  805 reviews
Shortly after Shuichi Saito's father becomes obsessed with spirals -- snail shells, whirlpools, and man-made patterns -- he dies mysteriously, his body positioned in the shape of a twisted coil. Soon, the entire town is afflicted with a snail-like disease.
Paperback, 208 pages
Published October 6th 2001 by Viz Media (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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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 rea
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, knoc
Oct 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic, fantasy
Lovecraft approves of your spirals.

(Except for that last story, with the hair. That was weak. Still creepy, but weak.)
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Shelves: horror, manga, read-2016
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
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
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
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 a
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Murat S. Dural
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Daha bu gün başladım, başlar başlamaz öykülere, çizimlere, karakterlere saplandım ve bitene kadar elimden bırakamadım. Obsesyon yaratan, eserin ana konsepti gibi sipiraller, sarmallarla sizi ele geçiren bir yönü var. Çok başarılı buldum. Her hikaye birbirinden güzel. Manga severler bir tarafa korku, tekinsiz, gizem sevenler muhakkak edinmeli. Son olarak çizgilerin tipik Japon / Kore karakteristiği yansıtmadığını, çok güzel betimler bulunduğunu söylemeliyim. Müthiş. Kaçırmayın :)

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.
Sleeping with Ghosts
May 01, 2018 rated it did not like it
Sincerely, this style of manga don't like me at all. Too much gore and obscure...
Jul 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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.
Tina Haigler
Dec 31, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
Review to come 😊
juan carlos
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
¿Para qué leer Uzumaki?

1. Para conocer como la mente retorcida de este autor puede reformualr el tema de lugares y ciudades embrujados.
2. La manera en que plasma la locura, la desesperación y el dolor no tienen igual.
3. El usar el tema de los espirales para causar terror es bastante original.
4. Las muertes son tétricas y espeluznantes.
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)
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga, favourites
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
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 tru
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.
Jul 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 obs
May 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing

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

Bueeeno... esto sí que es extraño. En varias oportunidades he dejado sin calificar libros que abandoné, pero nunca un libro que leí completo. Y es que aunque no es malo, tampoco puedo decir que me haya gustado o ni siquiera que lo haya disfrutado. Sí, puedo apreciar el subcontexto psicológico y las pequeñas historias dentro de la historia, peeero es muy gore para mi gusto. Y es que el arte de este manga es tan PERTURBADOR. Me afecto tanto como aquella vez que vi el trailer de la película El cie
S. Nemo
Mar 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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?
Caro the Helmet Lady
Jul 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga, 2015-reads, horror
You can't win with this thing...


I think... I enjoyed it... Now off to find some snails...
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was definitely different. This is one of the stories that I'll continue to think about for weeks after. Spirals...
Merve Özcan
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sarmallar üzerine bu kadar şey yazılabileceğini hayal dahi edemezdim. Devamı nasıl olacak çok merak ediyorum. İyi ki devamı var elimde. :3
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 m
Kawther (TheVillainLibrary)
This was weird, scary and surprising (in a good way)
it was pretty fun to read but overall not worth it for me
Gorab Jain
Apr 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, graphic-novels
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 o ...more

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