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Associated Names
Lubuk Pusar (Malay)
Spiral (ITOU Junji)
Spirala (Polish)
Spirale (French)
The Spiral
Uzumaki - Spirala užasa (Serbian)
Uzumaki - Spirale (Italian)

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Latest Release(s)
v.3 c.18-20 (end) by Manga-Sketchbook over 13 years ago
v.3 c.15-17 by Manga-Sketchbook over 13 years ago
v.3 c.14 by Manga-Sketchbook over 13 years ago
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Average: 7.8 / 10.0 (920 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.76 / 10.0

Last Updated
July 29th 2020, 5:03am PST



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Serialized In (magazine)
Big Comic Spirits (Shogakukan)

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English Publisher
Viz (3 Volumes - Complete; 3-in-1 Deluxe Edition - Complete; Digital)

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True Horror  
by YuriTachikawa
August 26th, 2020, 1:39am
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
If you're looking for a story, this is not for you, it doesn't have any conclusion or reason. It's more about the happenings and the unsettling feeling that is supposed to be invoked. You should be warned though, after reading this you will feel drained, I can't really explain it, but as the journey progresses you can really feel how the protagonists lose hope. The way it is objectively narrated adds to this feeling. The pacing is a bit slow in the middle but gets better to the end.
I love his art, I think we can all agree that his drawings give this eerie vibe that draws you in (not necessarily because of the spirals). When I say 'true horror' I mean that there is more than jump scares or gore and Junji Ito proves that, I've walked past a *colorful* drawing of a spiral, months after I've read Uzumaki (and wasn't aware of this manga anymore), and felt this unsettling dread spread through my whole body.

... Last updated on August 26th, 2020, 1:48am
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A Good Classic Horror Story  
by falconmaster3000
May 19th, 2020, 8:13pm
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
It's very charming and macabre. Sort of reminds me of Edgar Allen Poe in a weird way. It's not without flaws, but it's a fun read. I liked it a lot. Although it doesn't particularly stand out, it's good and short as long as you can suspend your disbelief enough and not over-analyze or critique characters' actions.

You will enjoy it more if you view the telling the story of the town with the main characters being devices to convey that story, rather than the story of people. This is probably intentional and very post-modern. A person has little agency in what happens to them; the events of life (and particularly the town and the spirals) just happen beyond anyone's control.
Overall, the artwork is memorable and the work is well-crafted. You will enjoy it

... Last updated on May 19th, 2020, 8:28pm
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It's like the entire room liquefied... and those burnt bodies... NO!!  
by StoneLuigi
April 11th, 2020, 8:40pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
Perfect horror series. Bleak, bittersweet, funny and bizarre.

As expected, Junji Ito's preposterous ideas are executed with chilling verve. Nobody else could've approached this concept with the solemnity, humor, and inventiveness it deserved. Don't fail to check it out!
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by Acradnxy
November 10th, 2019, 2:34am
Rating: N/A
I read this because of my friend who told me that I should read or watch Uzumaki aka Spiral from Junji Ito since I'm a horror lover. I tried it, but the first thing that made me felt ugh... was the art. I don't really like the art, but OK, if the story is still great, I'll keep push forward.

The story is rather slow in the beginning, I was trying to see why my friend told me this is a scary story, but it failed to amuse me. The people in that village are such no brainer, they are either obsessed or scared with the spiral-y thing and I find it so absurd. They chose to live in that weird village despite, well, being WEIRD enough after so many accident happened. Well, maybe it's because of the spiral curse? I don't know, but I still read it till the end which left me very unsatisfying.

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
All of them become the "SPIRAL" to end the curse and the new village will be born and the spiral curse will once again emerged.

The story is not really bad, I mean spiral is a never ending circling line, but what I love from horror and mystery story is the conclusion. I want to know why the curse was there? How did it happen? How to solve it? Not just like: the curse is there since the beginning of the creation of earth. NO!! I won't accept this as a conclusion. And I don't see Ito-sensei doing some conclusion about the curse. It's like it just there to begin with.

Despite my love for horror, I'm not into body gore, but this mangaka loves body gore. It's OK, nothing is wrong, maybe this manga is not my cup of a tea. I do like his Souichi series and other of his short story. But I wish Ito-sensei so some conclusion on why the things were created, and not because "I want that kind of creature to be in my story."

I bet some people don't mind, but for me... well, I want it to be solved.
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I just can't buy into this.  
by Catfisharbiter
March 29th, 2019, 7:05pm
Rating: N/A
The first 2 chapters despite being over the top in resolution are somewhat reasonable. However pretty much everything that happens afterwords is valid reason to just leave the town however the one character that suggest it is considered crazy. It would have been better if the author justified a reason they couldn't leave.
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from r/manga  
by r/mangaReviews
February 8th, 2019, 6:44pm
Rating: N/A
>Cpt_Jumper (Known status:Completed)
"Was weird but I thoroughly enjoyed it."

... Last updated on February 8th, 2019, 6:44pm
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Hate spirals now....  
by sinxer
November 5th, 2018, 1:27am
Rating: N/A
Overall more creepy than scary and that actually worked for me, the few things that didn't where glosses over with the creepiness.
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Maybe it isn't perfect, but I enjoyed it and I would recommend it.  
by ForeignerChan
April 3rd, 2018, 2:00pm
Rating: N/A
The title says it all. I liked this manga for a lot of reasons: the subject is original, the story is engaging, the characters are likeable and credible, the art is very nice.

Actually, the only "flaw" I could find is the fact the manga seems to be spit in two: the first part is episodic (it talks about several odd events that don't seem to be connected except for the fact that they all involve a spiral), while the second part starts focusing more on the main plot. But after finishing reading the manga, I realized that the first part was meant to explain how it all began, case by case. So that wasn't a flaw at all.
Then maybe the fact that the story doesn't have a moral? At least, if there was, I couldn't find it. That could be a flaw. But to be honest, even without a moral, I enjoyed the reading.

As most of the reviewers wrote, I wouldn't recommend it to someone who is looking for a real horror manga, but if you are into odd stories, this manga is the right one. Also, this is more of a light reading, so don't expect too much.

... Last updated on April 3rd, 2018, 2:05pm
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it is fine experince, and worth reading despite its flaws.  
by Huss
March 23rd, 2018, 9:42am
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
it is not great, it is not special. i wont feel sorry if anyone hate it or anything. i enjoyed it enough to finish it. it was wierd and bizzare experince. was it scary? nope. creepy? a little. i just wanted to see wh it will go. the ending was underwhelming but then i realized the ending dont matter. the show mosly foucs on tellinga theme. there is something greater than you and you cant control it, and it is hard to escape from it. the manga is stupid and silly sometimes but that is also what makes it more theway it is. it felt like the mangaka didnt careabout flawsand was just intrested into showing off his creativity andstory. he reminds me of go negai's devilman. the characters are simple and not good. the story was heavily plot driven.

... Last updated on March 23rd, 2018, 9:44am
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The first manga i have ever read...  
by Redyred
August 23rd, 2016, 1:26pm
Rating: 7.9 / 10.0
it was awesome! At first you don't understand why the author used spirals, of all things, in a horror manga.Well the reason is because spirals are so mesmerizing and that they follow the Fibonacci Sequence (also google 'the golden ratio') that is found everywhere!

why are spiral so beautiful? if an object follows the golden ratio or the Fibonacci Sequence very well, it is considered beautiful. Golden ratio masks are also made to see whether you have a pretty face! Okay, so back to the review....
The reason the manga went well is because it shows that these spirals are everywhere...
And it's true, we can find spirals everywhere or the golden ratio anywhere which that is actually really creepy...
The manga was a page turner but the only thing that was upsetting was the ending as it was not satisfying. I also feel it went a bit overboard with a few of the chapters..

it will make more sense if research is done over the topics I mentioned...
overall was not bad since it was the reason i started reading manga

... Last updated on August 23rd, 2016, 1:38pm
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