Uzumaki: Spiral into Horror
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Synonyms: The Spiral
Japanese: うずまき
English: Uzumaki: Spiral into Horror
German: Uzumaki. Spiral Into Horror
Spanish: Uzumaki: Espiral
French: Spirale
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 3
Chapters: 19
Status: Finished
Published: Jan 12, 1998 to Aug 30, 1999
Genres: Drama Drama, Horror Horror, Supernatural Supernatural
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: Big Comic Spirits
Authors: Itou, Junji (Story & Art)


Score: 8.171 (scored by 126941126,941 users)
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Ranked: #4542
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Popularity: #32
Members: 225,326
Favorites: 14,819


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Chapters: /19


In the town of Kurouzu-cho, Kirie Goshima lives a fairly normal life with her family. As she walks to the train station one day to meet her boyfriend, Shuuichi Saito, she sees his father staring at a snail shell in an alley. Thinking nothing of it, she mentions the incident to Shuuichi, who says that his father has been acting weird lately. Shuuichi reveals his rising desire to leave the town with Kirie, saying that the town is infected with spirals.

But his father's obsession with the shape soon proves deadly, beginning a chain of horrific and unexplainable events that causes the residents of Kurouzu-cho to spiral into madness.

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Uzumaki was chosen by the American Library Association (ALA) as one of the Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens in 2009.

The series was published in English as Uzumaki: Spiral into Horror by VIZ Media under the VIZ Signature imprint from October 16, 2007 to February 19, 2008, and again in a hardcover omnibus on October 15, 2013. It was also published in Polish by Japonica Polonica Fantastica in May 2011 as part of Mega Manga series, in Czech by Zoner Press, and in Spanish by Planeta Cómic.


Saitou, Toshio
Maruyama, Chie
Nakayama, Keiko


Dec 28, 2007
There are many horror mangas out there that try to make themselves scary. But often we just get a comic that’s more gory or disgusting than scary. Now there is Kazuo Umezu who really can write a horror story that’ll scare you. He is known as the godfather of horror manga, but there is another called Junji Ito called the master of horror manga who has wrote something just as terrifying as any scary movie, book, or comic out there. This story is called Uzumaki.


The story is simply starts us of quick with two main characters to get use to and ...
Jan 5, 2010
Mixed Feelings
While Uzumaki starts off strong with its truly creepy first few chapters, it then loses everything that made those chapters great and becomes neither scary nor interesting. With the first chapters, even though the events that take place could obviously never happen, the author succeeds in making them believable. This is not the case for the majority of what follows, the plots become ridiculous to the point where the entire manga just doesn't work anymore. What is perhaps the scariest part of the manga after the first few chapters doesn't even come from the deeper, more psychological horror that is intended, but rather something that ...
Jan 14, 2012
Junji Ito, master of the horror manga.
I had expectations for Uzumaki, having heard it was one of Junji Ito's better known work. But I was disappointed in this manga: Uzumaki is hardly scary or horrifying. Uzumaki is not, in my honest opinion, a horror manga. Let me tell you why.

It's all in the atmosphere. Or in this case, the complete lack of it. The story is just so ridiculously over the top! It breaks any kind of immersion. The best (and well known) example is: The Spiral is granting the mosquitoes the terrible power of... flying in spirals. Hypnotizing! I won't spoil it for you, but ...

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