This entry is an updated repost from the site I had before this blog. I hope to slowly but eventually consolidate all my entries to a single place.
I first learned about Uzumaki from another’s blog, and developed an interest in it then. After my brother strongly recommended this manga along with other Junji Ito’s works, I was more than convinced to read this.
Uzumaki is comprised of a series of short stories, which string together the main plot line. A horror manga, the story follows Kirie and her boyfriend Shuichi. It begins with strange spiral themed happenings all over a small town; spirals as small as the cochleas in one’s ears to as large as hurricanes and whirlpools. While the story is not nightmarish, it certainly sets an ominous mood and also gets very intensely scary at times. It has even sent a few chills down my spine.
The originality of the concepts and the imaginative graphics are amazing, the execution excellent, the art gorgeously creepy (or creepily gorgeous), and the story engaging through all the episodic short stories and the overarching plot. I enjoyed every panel of this manga. Kirie and Shuichi are extremely lovable characters as well, and their hopelessly sweet ending is really rather and eerily romantic.
This is horror manga at its best.
Examples of the brilliant work from Uzumaki:
Creepy… Forever see spirals in a new light.
Kirie and Shuichi
Further Readings: The Horror World of Junji Ito
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