REVIEW: Uzumaki Vol. 1 by Junji Ito

REVIEW: Uzumaki Vol. 1 by Junji ItoUzumaki Vol. 1 (Uzumaki #1) by Junji Ito
Published: Viz Media (1998), Hardcover, 208pg
Source: Library
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Paranormal

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 According to Shuichi Saito, the withdrawn boyfriend of teenager Kirie Goshima, their town is haunted not by a person or being but by a pattern: uzumaki, the spiral, the hypnotic secret shape of the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... (from Amazon)

I think I’ve read this before but I can’t remember much about it except for the art. This reread just reinforced that for me: I like the art more than the story!

It’s a strange story, of course, about a town infested with killer spirals and the people who get eaten by them. Mostly the chapters are short stories with the same few protagonists; it doesn’t really feel coherent for some reason, though it’s a continuous, chronological story.

Part of the problem is that it’s more about the horror stuff than about the characters themselves. I like horror, but I’m more interested in the people experiencing the horror, so there wasn’t THAT much to keep me invested in the story.

The art is lovely, though, perfectly mundane and creepy at the same time. I’ll probably read the next volume in the series, if only to see what happens to [] and her boyfriend.

Read: October 20, 2013

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