Uzumaki: Spiral into Horror
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English: Uzumaki: Spiral into Horror
Synonyms: The Spiral
Japanese: うずまき


Type: Manga
Volumes: 3
Chapters: 19
Status: Finished
Published: Jan 12, 1998 to Aug 30, 1999
Genres: DementiaDementia, DramaDrama, HorrorHorror, SupernaturalSupernatural, SeinenSeinen
Authors: Ito, Junji (Story & Art)
Serialization: Big Comic Spirits


Score: 8.161 (scored by 6010760,107 users)
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Ranked: #4242
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Popularity: #43
Members: 107,793
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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 Ocotober 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.

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Dec 28, 2007
InformationGeek (All reviews)
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 read more
Oct 15, 2011
Lucena (All reviews)
Manga and anime do not scare me easily. Disturb me in some cases with grotesque imagery and copious amounts of gore, yes, but nothing that would constitute in giving me nightmares. I've found the medium as something that I would always gain enjoyment from no matter the genre. I would spend my time with a work, ponder on it for a while, and leave it at that. Rinse and repeat. That is, until I came across Junji Ito's Uzumaki.

The manga is brief, as it is only 19 chapters long with one extra story, but it drags the reader through so much. The manga's first two read more
Jan 14, 2012
Anonymours (All reviews)
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 read more
Feb 18, 2009
RyneB (All reviews)
Originally posted by me on The Moon is a Dead World (

I'm always interested in different forms of media that manage to tie in the horror genre, and being a manga and anime fan myself, I sometimes find myself perusing the various manga shelves at my local bookstores to see what good ol' Japan has in store for us. A few years ago, I stumbled on Uzumaki, a manga which immediately grabbed my eye because of its psychedelic spiral book cover and the words "Spiral Into Horror" printed over the title. Obviously, anything that incorporates horror is going to increase my interest, so I picked read more

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