Manga Reviews

Tuesday, January 31, 2006


Uzumaki by Ito Junji
3 volumes
Licensed by Viz

Topics: Horror, Fantasy

Uzumaki (the japanese word for "spiral") is the story of a town whose occupants gradually become obsessed by, and in various ways consumed by, spirals. The story centers around high school student Goshima Kirie, whose boyfriend's father is the first victim of the spiral obsession that infests the town. The spiral fascination spreads through the town until eventually everyone is drawn in, and no one can escape.

I'm not exactly a horror fan, so maybe that's why I found the characters in this manga extremely stupid. If your hair attacked you and your classmate turned into a giant snail, would you just keep going to school as usual? The wide variety of spiral fixations shows a lot of creativity, but it's all so bizarrely impossible and the characters are so apathetic that, while it was rather bizarre and somewhat disturbing, I didn't find it scary at all.

Rating: 4.0/10.0

-- Review submitted by Tofuqueen


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