Manga Review: Uzumaki by Junji Ito

Genre: Horror/Manga

WHAT’S A KING TO A GOD???

Junji motherfucking Ito. The king of horror Manga. He has an impressive list of works. I personally am fond of his short manga which I will definitely be reviewing on my blog in October. Yes, be prepared because October will be a month long of horror. Also, be prepared because October is my birthday and I will not be shutting up about. I’ll also be turning 30 which is insane.

Junji Ito’s most popular works are Tomie. A tale about a badass girl who makes any man fall in love with her and dies over and over again only to be regenerated. His other claim to fame??? I’m so happy you asked. Dive into

Uzumaki

うずまき

Uzumaki means spiral in Japanese when it’s written this way. Spirals are very integral to the storyline. They are everywhere. Remember that.

I’ve loved Junji Ito since I discovered him in high school and recently it was announced that an Uzumaki anime is coming out on Toonami in 2020. I screamed when it was announced. I am so excited. This is a chance for Spiral world domination.

AT. FUCKING. LAST.

Let us proceed onto the review…

There are 3 volumes to the manga but there is a 3 in 1 version out there with a bonus chapter which is amazing!

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We are introduced to Kirie Goshima and her boyfriend Shuichi Saito who live in Kurōzu-cho. Everything seems fine until the day Shuichi’s father seems to snap and sees spirals in literally everything. This sets off the chain of events that eventually lead to the downfall of the Saito family. That downfall begins a succession and a spiral (teehee)

I really don’t want to spoil anything for you guys but it’s bad shit, bad juju and too little too late.

Here’s a list of my favorite chapters although they are all so good

  • The Spiral Obsession: Part 2
  • The Scar – Ya’ll…Y’ALL
  • The Firing Effect – Kirie’s father is a potter and has been dredging mud out of the lake that ashes of the dead have fallen into
  • Jack-in-the-Box – This chapter and THAT particular scene comes into the mind STILL
  • The Snail – so gross, ugh it made me gag.
  • Mosquitos – Is it wrong that this made me laugh and happy? Yes? Okay 🙂
  • Completion – My heart…

So. fucking. good. All of it.

So, the writing is amazing and creepy. It makes you sick but you keep reading because you want to know how it’s going to end but you know there’s no good in sight. How can there possibly be? The artwork is phenomenal. Even at its creepiest it is so good. It scares you and disgusts you at times but it’s amazing. Some of the imagery sticks with me and has stuck with me. That scene in Jack-in-the-Box has stuck with me for years. I was reading and asking myself when is it coming I know it’s coming and when it did I was like ah…there it is. It’s haunting and strange. He hits his mark every time. And I absolutely love it.

The thing about horror is that it is unrelenting chaos. This mirrors real life.

“If you think this has a happy ending, you haven’t been paying attention.”

I’ll end on this depressing note. Let’s look forward to 2020 and hopefully the world won’t end then.

🐌🐌🐌🐌🐌 5/5

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14 thoughts on “Manga Review: Uzumaki by Junji Ito

  1. I need to read this series and all the other stuff by Junji Ito, these have been on my TBR for a decade or so haha. Great illustrations, so creepy. Uzumaki has a great live-action movie adaptation by the way, one of my favorite horror movies, super original and strangely humorous even as it’s disturbing. Love this review. 😀

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