Uzumaki, Volume 1 (2nd Edition)

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Overview

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 According to Shuichi Saito, the withdrawn boyfriend of teenager Kirie Goshima, their town is haunted not by a person or being but by a pattern: uzumaki, the spiral, the hypnotic secret shape of the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 ...

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Overview

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 According to Shuichi Saito, the withdrawn boyfriend of teenager Kirie Goshima, their town is haunted not by a person or being but by a pattern: uzumaki, the spiral, the hypnotic secret shape of the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...

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Editorial Reviews

KLIATT - KLIATT Review
Something is wrong in the town of Kurozu-cho. Spirals are everywhere--twisters rush back and forth across the streets; whirlpools appear in otherwise calm ponds and streams; and factory smoke forms bizarre pinwheels. The townspeople are obsessed with spirals: a man contorts his body into grotesque circles; his wife cuts the skin from her fingertips and then plunges a pair of scissors into her ears, rupturing the cochlea (which is spiral shaped). A girl's hair grows to a height of over 20 feet, forming curls that draw huge crowds. Shuichi lives in Kurozu-cho but goes to a high school elsewhere, so he knows something is very wrong with his town (everyone else seems blissfully unaware). He wants to elope with his girlfriend, Kirie, but she won't leave; part of the spiral's curse is that it sucks you into its depths. Uzumaki is another fine horror manga from Junji Ito, the creator of Gyo (reviewed in this issue) and Tomie. The stories are episodic; the larger storyline has not yet revealed itself, except in cryptic hints. This graphic novel's effectiveness lies in the bizarre behavior of its characters, which is normal one minute and fueled by spiral-induced madness the next. Uzumaki contains grotesque imagery and profanity ("bitch") and is recommended for graphic novel collections where horror is popular. Please note that this is the second edition; libraries owning the first edition should not purchase. Age Range: Ages 15 to adult. REVIEWER: George Galuschak (Vol. 42, No. 1)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781421513898
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
  • Publication date: 10/16/2007
  • Series: Uzumaki Series , #1
  • Edition description: 2nd Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 486,537
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Junji Ito debuted as a horror manga artist in 1987 with the first story in his successful
Tomie series. Uzumaki, drawn from 1998 to 1999, was adapted into a live-action movie, which has been released in America by Viz Films and Tidepoint Pictures. It's influences include the classic manga artists Kazuo Umezu and Hideshi Hino, as well as authors Yasutaka Tsutsui and H.P. Lovecraft.

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  • Posted March 5, 2012

    great story

    uzumaki is the best work by junti ito, a perfect blend of traditional horror manga and HP lovecraft, check out the other 2 volumes but by all meand stay away from the movie

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  • Posted September 1, 2010

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    It'll freak you out weeks after

    Uzumaki is, to be frank, seriously twisted. It really pulls you in with not only the macabre and gorey images, but the mystery. Over and over you'll ask: Why is this happening? What is the spiral? Well, you'll never until the last volume, but I gauruntee you won't be cringing and forcing yourself to read that far. I couldn't put this series down until I finished it, and it is very satisfying and still gives me the creeps.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2010

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    WHOA!!!!

    This book was just so interesting. It was both creepy but still amazing. The story line the events the drawings are all just so amazing i loved it.

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  • Posted May 16, 2009

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    Different!

    Everything about this graphic novel is different! The plot, the setting, the mood. It is about a town that is cursed by a spiral pattern. The people of the village encounter odd situations, and a lot deaths occur. This graphic novel sure is graphic! It's got gore of all kinds and disturbing drawings. I find it very interesting that a storyline can be present even through all the blood.

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    Posted April 9, 2010

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