Thursday, August 26, 2010

Uzumaki by Ito Junji

Uzumaki, Spiral into Horror

Pages (Paperback): 208 pages
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC; 2 edition
Released: October 16, 2007

Note: I'll be reviewing the entire series, which span between 3 books, but I'll be only posting the first book here.

Description: Koruzo-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 According to Shuichi Saito, the withdrawn boyfriend of teenager Kirie Goshima, their town is haunted not by a person or being but by a pattern: uzumaki, the spiral, the hypnotic secret shape of the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 in water, whirlwinds in air. And in large ways: the spiral marks on people's bodies, the insane obsessions of Shuichi's father, the voice from the cochlea in your inner ear. As the madness spreads, the inhabitants of Koruzo-Cho are pulled ever deeper, as if into a whirlpool from which there is no return...

Review: This is the third or fourth story I've read by Ito-san and what I love about his work is that he takes such a simple concept and makes it into something strange and horrifying. The artwork is detailed and crisp, and I loved seeing how different people were effected by the spirals. I don't think I'll ever look at spirals in the same way again.Great story and a great manga writer/artist. Read this!

Grade: 10 lines out of 10

Read the full review at Books may Vary


  1. You've made me curious about the spirals!

  2. This sounds really interesting and great artwork can make an intriguing story even more enjoyable!

    BTW, I love the idea of five line reviews! Great blog you have here!

  3. Sounds very interesting! Strange cover but I kind of like it. Thanks for the review!

  4. This one seems interesting.

    Also, I have given you One Lovely Blog Award


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