Monday, February 25, 2013

"Uzumaki" Vol. 1, 2, & 3 by Junji Ito

Vol. 1

Synopsis - (from

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 According to Shuichi Saito, the withdrawn boyfriend of teenager Kirie Goshima, their town is haunted not by a person or being but by a pattern: uzumaki, the spiral, the hypnotic secret shape of the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 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 KurÔzu-cho are pulled ever deeper, as if into a whirlpool from which there is no return.


Synopsis - (from

KurÔzu-cho, a small fogbound town on the coast of Japan, is cursed. But the spirit which haunts it does not have a name or a body, only a shape: uzumaki the spiral, the hypnotic secret shape of the world. It possessed the father of teenage Kirie's withdrawn boyfriend Shuichi, causing him to remake himself in its image before he died. It grows in ferns, in seashells, in curls of hair, and in the crooked folds of the human brain. Giant snails are sighted near the high school. An eerie glow shines from the abandoned lighthouse. Mosquitoes fly in drowsy curves and feed on blood. As more people are caught in the pattern, over the town of KurÔzu-cho hangs the spiral smoke of cremated corpses; because even in death, there is no escape..


Synopsis - (from

With their town devastated by titanic hurricanes, the citizens of the spiral-haunted town of Kurôzu-cho--including Shuichi, Kirie and her family--find themselves cut off from the outside world. Reporters and rescue teams cross the mountain range into Kurôzu-cho only to find themselves unable to leave. Trapped inside the cursed ruins, the desperate survivors struggle and huddle together, waiting to run into giant snails or worse. The very laws of nature are changed as the spiral sucks them in. And to fight it, or to escape, the last survivors must go to the heart of the horror to witness what may be their eventual fate..


Rating - 4 out of 5

Genre - Sequential Art, Manga, Horror


~Review for Uzumaki, Vol. 1, 2, & 3~

The only reason this book (series) was given 4 stars was because of the artwork. This series was suggested to me by some people on Tumblr. They said it was "really scary" and freaked them out. I asked if it was really scary or just little kid scary. I was promised a really, truly, scary, horror story. 

Once again I have been deceived and let down by what others perceive as "horror". 

This is in no way scary. It is a very interesting story, do not get me wrong. I liked the story, but the artwork outmatched the merry-go-round of stories. The artwork is beautiful!

I recommend this book to the youngsters out there who like Japanese horror stories.

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