KurÔzu-cho, a small fogbound town on the coast of Japan, is cursed. According to Shuichi Saito, the withdrawn boyfriend of teenager Kirie Goshima, their town is haunted not by a person or being but by a pattern: uzumaki, the spiral, the hypnotic secret shape of the world. It manifests itself in small ways: seashells, ferns, whirlpools in water, whirlwinds in air. And in large ways: the spiral marks on people’s bodies, the insane obsessions of Shuichi’s father, the voice from the cochlea in your inner ear. As the madness spreads, the inhabitants of KurÔzu-cho are pulled ever deeper, as if into a whirlpool from which there is no return…
– Synopsis taken from Goodreads
“Spirals…. this town is contaminated with spirals.”
You know how we all fear in our life from things? Developing phobias or disgust towards certain things? I believe we each has this unexplainable terror when it comes to admitting we are afraid of something. Being afraid sometimes forced you to admit you are weak but in all honesty, I disagree. Its liberates you really, a weight off your shoulder cause then you know, you are not alone in this. Junji Ito in my opinion, takes simple things, objects, themes and dreams and spiral it (get it spiral? LOL) into a blood chilling tale of suspense.
Uzumaki aka Spiral is an ordinary simple story based in Kurozu-Cho, a small town in the off coast of Japan. It’s a run of the mile place, people knows each other, nothing exciting happens here, it’s a peaceful place to be. Well, that is until strange phenomenons start occurring. A fixation on spirals infects this town, causing mass panic, people going insane, monsters appearing, the weather changing here and there, nothing is ever the same…
I love horror stories, especially when its something like a small unremarkable town such as Kurzuo-Cho starts to go really bizarre. Junji Ito wastes no time by showing us in a collection of short series, each event is connected, how this town slowly sharpened into a spiral. No one is safe from it, except Kirie and Shuichi are main leads and we experience their struggles, their fear and not knowing what the hell is causing all of this. You right away invested for these two to be safe, to make it out alive, and all of the grotesque circumstances just keeps you glue to the pages, flipping one after another. It sorta reminds me of other works such as Silent Hill, Stranger Things, Dark but it’s clearly done better.
Now what really makes Uzumaki stands up there as one of the all time manga that people should read is Junji Ito himself as an artist. His drawings, his details to his creations, from the eyes, the face, the grotesque it’s all pretty. You can’t stop appreciating it, and you just want to see more, you gotta get more, like a cup of good coffee or this sweet delicious cake you can’t stop munching on and on and then you realize what you have done and you regret it. I mean look at this page!
I had never seen something so- I don’t think I had the words. It’s breathtaking really. I can just stare at that spiral tongue, over and over and over…
Oh my, I guess I too has fallen for the Uzumaki.
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