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What drew me to this manga was the atmosphere that oozes right from the first chapter on. It's dark, and the art serves incredibly well into creating nightmarish creatures and occurances. There is no limit to the amount of strange things that will make you ask, "what the hell did I just see/read?!", and that alone makes it worth reading.
But, as creepy and disturbing as so much of this manga is, the effect quickly wears off after several filler chapters that stretched my suspension of disbelief to the max. I found this particularly disappointing, because there is a true lack of depth behind the events of the story. It's a cool premise - an obsession with spirals driving residents of a small town crazy - but we don't get to know much of the why or how. Things just happen, and occasionally, characters react disproportionately to the insanity around them. I would've enjoyed Uzumaki infinitely more if the author had simply went more in depth about what was behind everything, instead of the few small hints we wind up with.
While I'm overall disappointed at how the manga's plot unfolded, I still think this is something worth reading. It's very unsettling at the best of times, and downright disturbing at the worst. For the sheer "what the hell?" factor alone, you'll want to see just how much worse it can get until you've wound up finishing all twenty chapters. It's the kind of thing that gets into your head late at night, leaving you with that paranoid feeling that all good horror provides. read more