Ranked #4619

Gyo: Ugomeku Bukimi (Manga)

Gyo: Ugomeku Bukimi

Alternative Titles

English: Gyo: The Death-Stench Creeps
Synonyms: The Sad Tale of the Principal Post, The Enigma of Amigara Fault, Daikokubashira Hiwa, Ashura no Dansou no Kai
Japanese: ギョ うごめく不気味


Type: Manga
Volumes: 2
Chapters: 21
Status: Finished
Published: Nov 12, 2001 to Apr 15, 2002
Authors: Ito, Junji (Story & Art)
Serialization: Big Comic Spirits


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Ranked: #46192
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Something in Okinawa reeks, and it isn't long before Tadashi and his girlfriend Kaori realize that the smell is coming from dead fish, which are walking out of the sea.

Included one-shots:
Volume 2: Daikokubashira Hiwa (The Sad Tale of the Principal Post), Ashura no Dansou no Kai (The Enigma of Amigara Fault)


Gyo: Ugomeku Bukimi was first published in English by VIZ Media as a VIZ Editor's Choice title, a slightly larger format, from September 10, 2003 to March 10, 2004. It was later republished as Gyo: The Death-Stench Creeps by VIZ Media under the VIZ Signature imprint. Volume 1 on October 16, 2007 and volume 2 on January 15, 2008, and again in a hardcover omnibus on April 21, 2015.

The series was also published in Spanish by ECC Comics (October 1 and October 29, 2014) and in Polish as Gyo: Odór Śmierci by Japonica Polonica Fantastica (2013).

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Jan 9, 2008
Horror is a hard thing to make in comics today without just being a mindless blood bath of gore and fluids splattered across the walls. Junji Ito does a good job of providing us with good, freaky stories that scare or just plain old disturbs us. Gyo is one of his most recent stories that he took a chance with and provided us with a new look of what is under the sea. Not just that either, in this series we were also given two quick short stories at the end of the series to leave us terrified of not going under read more
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Oct 19, 2011
Gyo— another masterpiece by Junji Ito after 'Uzumaki', one of the greatest horror manga series that could have ever been made! Having his works equipped with bizarre plots and aberrant visuals, Junji has proved that horror is not necessarily synonymous with 'the ghost with long black hair' or 'the evil, bloodsucking vampires lurking in the bush out there'. He has the ability to create gruesome horror out of anything and everything, even if it is a fish. Fish— that's exactly what he portrays in 'Gyo', well, in an extremely absurd way that is beyond anyone's imagination with Junji being an exception of course.

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May 29, 2015
After reading Uzumaki I went on to read this, however it was a huge disappointment.

It starts fun and well, being creepy and giving a mysterious atmosphere, it got me hooked on what was happening, as neither the reader or the characters knew anything about it, but that's it, after the initial beach part, it goes downhill, FAST.

Unlike most of Ito manga, it doesn't have that creepy atmosphere always looming in the background, represented either by the visuals of the characters faces.

The plot that keeps you hooked and the creative monsters/illusions?

None of that is in here.

It's just basically a gore fest, meant to shock read more
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Dec 13, 2008
Remember those B-grade horror films they air on sci-fi quite often? This is pretty much the same thing. If you've ever seen Snakehead Terror, its quite similar to that. I wouldn't recommend reading this after you've eaten, as some of the images are gruesome enough to make your stomach do loop-de-loops in your chest. The story however is very creative, and has many twists and turns you don't see coming, so if you have some down time, drop by onemanga or buy the manga if you have some extra cash, plop yourself down, and you'll never want to eat Sushi again.
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Manga: Uzumaki
Junji Ito used a similar character design for both of his longer stories, though with evil twist and a grain of salt the size of tropical island on the part of Gyo. Overall athmosphere is almost equally as disturbing in means of imaginairy and storyline as Uzumaki, though leaves the reader in more intense sense of bitter loss at the end. 
reportRecommended by ska-cze
Manga: Emerging
Both are about strange unfamiliar disease, and a bit of romance. But "Gyo" is more the work of fiction and "Emerging" events are more likely to happen.  
reportRecommended by MadHatterBelial
Manga: Ibitsu
If you like horror manga, then you will love Ibitsu. Mystery, horror, and gore mixed. Ibitsu, and Gyo too, are both magnificent in a good horror way. 
reportRecommended by mepiggy
Manga: Fourteen
Sci-fi gruesome and at times absurds horror stories. Enjoyable if you enjoy dark enviroments and grotesque criatures. Disturbing art in both series is a plus.  
reportRecommended by automnesouriant
Manga: Jigokusei Remina
Same author, same style. So if you like either of 'em and are looking for more, be sure to try the other.
Gyo is a sci-fi horror about strange mechanical fish walking around on land.
Hellstar Remina is about a girl named Remina who has to deal with a hellstar/planet that wants to destroy Earth, and on top of that has to deal with all the people ON Earth because they blame her for the impending doom just because the hellstar/planet is named after her. 
reportRecommended by Valkyrie-Ryu
Manga: BioMeat: Nectar
Gyo has a similar main premise: a story about weird creatures that attacks humanity and the survival of the main characters. This time the bad guy are fishes that has legs and started to swarm the city. They began to attack animals and human, and without spoiling the story, it is suffice to say that they continue to evolve in a pretty horrifying way. The pacing is pretty similar, although I think Gyo is a bit on the more gory side. 
reportRecommended by wesfalcon

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