Gyo: Ugomeku Bukimi
Gyo: The Death-Stench Creeps
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Gyo: Ugomeku Bukimi

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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
English: Gyo: The Death-Stench Creeps
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 2
Chapters: 21
Status: Finished
Published: Nov 12, 2001 to Apr 15, 2002
Genres: Drama Drama, Horror Horror, Mystery Mystery, Sci-Fi Sci-Fi
Theme: Psychological Psychological
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: Big Comic Spirits
Authors: Itou, Junji (Story & Art)


Score: 7.201 (scored by 4256742,567 users)
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Ranked: #60162
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Popularity: #204
Members: 74,174
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When diver Tadashi and his girlfriend Kaori Sawahara take a trip to the coast of Okinawa, they find that their strained relationship is the least of their worries when they unwittingly witness the start of the apocalypse. Attacked by a strange, four-legged fish in their cabin, they manage to kill it, but are left unsettled by the putrid stench it carried—the haunting smell of death.

This lone assault is only the herald of what's to come, as soon, many more such creatures emerge from the sea, attacking anything in their path. Though Tadashi and Kaori quickly return to Tokyo, they find there is no longer any safe haven; no matter where they run, the death stench creeps...

Amigara Dansou no Kai (The Enigma of Amigara Fault)
After a devastating earthquake near Amigara mountain, a several-kilometer-long fault emerged. But this discovery was made more eerie by the thousands of human-shaped holes scattered among the rock face, each of which seemingly continues for miles within the mountain. Oowaki, one of the many spectators attracted to the sight, witnesses in horror as onlookers start to experience a personal, visceral calling to enter these holes—formed as if to fit only them.

Daikokubashira Hiwa (The Sad Tale of the Principal Post)
Celebrating their recent move into their new house, a family's festivities are cut short upon hearing the cries of their father. Finding him in the crawl space below, they bear witness to the bizarre and unexplainable tragedy that has befallen him.

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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 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); in Polish as Gyo: Odór Śmierci by Japonica Polonica Fantastica (2013); and in Czech as Ryby - Útok z hlubin by CREW on March 28, 2017.

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Jan 25, 2023
Gyo is Ito's wildest and weakest entry that I've read yet. It has a tinge of dark and silly humor (that I usually like) in it, but it fails to capitalize on the morbidity of it in the context of the story.

It is gory and it is dramatic, sometimes overly to say the least, which again feeds into the humor. But that is not enough to provide the terrifyingly satisfying experience that I've grown to expect from Ito's work. Or maybe, this time that wasn't the goal. Either way, it fell flat. It focuses a bit too much on explaining things rather than just ...
Jan 24, 2024
Mixed Feelings
Just like Uzumaki, I feel that Gyo started out very well, perfectly conveying that feeling of strangeness, but little by little it was lost.

I don't know if it's us, the readers, who simply get used to the absurdity of ideas, but what I noticed is that Ito presents us with something we've never seen before and then makes it so absurd that we're not actually scared or uncomfortable, but yes, just admiring how quickly it escalated. Which for me takes a lot of the tension out of the scenes. In fact, that might be why I preferred the beginning of his manga.

I even had fun ...
May 29, 2015
The manga starts as a fun read, with a creative premise and situation. Since neither the reader or the characters knew anything about what was going on, it felt eerie and weird, as in, “what the fuck is going on?”, I’d say this was a good start.

But that’s it, after the initial beach chapters, the manga starts showing it’s terribleness.

Unlike most of Ito’s manga, Gyo, doesn’t have that creepy atmosphere always looming in the background, normally represented by the visuals, be it the dreadful backgrounds or the sheer expression of terror on the character’s faces. One of my main gripes with this manga is that ...

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