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Kurozu-cho, a fogbound town on the coast of Japan, is haunted by a recurring pattern: a spiral manifesting itself in increasingly terrifying ways. In this third and final volume, the town is cut off from the outside by devastating hurricanes. Kirie, her boyfriend Shuichi, and the other desperate survivors must face the impending horror. The movie version of Uzumaki will Kurozu-cho, a fogbound town on the coast of Japan, is haunted by a recurring pattern: a spiral manifesting itself in increasingly terrifying ways. In this third and final volume, the town is cut off from the outside by devastating hurricanes. Kirie, her boyfriend Shuichi, and the other desperate survivors must face the impending horror. The movie version of Uzumaki will soon be released in the U.S.


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Kurozu-cho, a fogbound town on the coast of Japan, is haunted by a recurring pattern: a spiral manifesting itself in increasingly terrifying ways. In this third and final volume, the town is cut off from the outside by devastating hurricanes. Kirie, her boyfriend Shuichi, and the other desperate survivors must face the impending horror. The movie version of Uzumaki will Kurozu-cho, a fogbound town on the coast of Japan, is haunted by a recurring pattern: a spiral manifesting itself in increasingly terrifying ways. In this third and final volume, the town is cut off from the outside by devastating hurricanes. Kirie, her boyfriend Shuichi, and the other desperate survivors must face the impending horror. The movie version of Uzumaki will soon be released in the U.S.

30 review for Uzumaki: Spiral Into Horror, Vol. 3

  1. 4 out of 5

    Trish

    Well, I had only just posed the question of why nobody is leaving town in my review of volume 2 when volume 3 gave me the answer. *lol* So now I knew. Actually quite a smart way of solving that problem. In this final volume chaos is descending on Kirie's town and due to more and more strange things happening, the outside world is beginning to notice as well and people try to help - with disastrous consequences. Where the previous two volumes were a collection of strange and horrific incidents Well, I had only just posed the question of why nobody is leaving town in my review of volume 2 when volume 3 gave me the answer. *lol* So now I knew. Actually quite a smart way of solving that problem. In this final volume chaos is descending on Kirie's town and due to more and more strange things happening, the outside world is beginning to notice as well and people try to help - with disastrous consequences. Where the previous two volumes were a collection of strange and horrific incidents happening to individuals and painting the scene of a cursed town, the spiral is now cramping it up to 11. In fact, I'm not too sure at least one element wasn't a bit too over the top: (view spoiler)[those gangbangers "riding" the whirlwinds (hide spoiler)] . Anyway, the pieces are clicking together and since by now we know all the things the spiral can do to people, the main theme, here, is the people's descent into chaos and insanity as well as pure survival and what people are willing and capable of doing to others in such situations. I have to say that the ending did give answers though it also left a question or two and, as is usually the case, the path leading to the resolution was more enjoyable than the actual ending but it was still a great comic (manga) since it successfuly envoked this haunting atmosphere in which nobody was really safe. The art, as mentioned in my reviews for the previous two volumes, did a great job of underlining that in all its black-and-white glory.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bradley

    Re-read: I've changed my mind. I don't mind about the end or the twists. The huge crazy was still cool but slightly less impactful this time. I'm just reading it for the phi. :) Original Review: I'm of two minds on this volume. The truly horrific increase was awesome, and I loved how utterly fucked the whole town was. And then, I also really enjoyed the last issue. These are two different likes. I have to separate them for my own enjoyment. I would have been perfectly happy with it ending on number Re-read: I've changed my mind. I don't mind about the end or the twists. The huge crazy was still cool but slightly less impactful this time. I'm just reading it for the phi. :) Original Review: I'm of two minds on this volume. The truly horrific increase was awesome, and I loved how utterly fucked the whole town was. And then, I also really enjoyed the last issue. These are two different likes. I have to separate them for my own enjoyment. I would have been perfectly happy with it ending on number 19. It was dark, crazy, and had that last little lilt of joy in the very last frame. So sweet in an utterly horrific way. And then number 20 comes around and turns it all into a (view spoiler)[dream sequence (hide spoiler)] ? For Shame! No. No. Well, that's all fine and dandy in the big view of things... but what really chaps my hide is that number 20 was actually awesome all by itself! It spoke to me on a whole new level and freaked me out all over again. I want to make it an alternate reality special. That would be very nice. Alas. Still, my enjoyment of all this wacked-out horror extravaganza is not lessened. Not much, anyway. It was CRAAAAZZZZYYYYYY good. :) Gotta pick up more of Junji Ito asap. :)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mario

    Whoa... and I thought first two volumes were crazy. This one takes crazy to a whole new level. But anyway, a great ending to a really great series. If you're into creepy and unique stories, I would definitely recommend picking up this one, and hopefully, you'll like it just as much as I did.

  4. 5 out of 5

    David Schaafsma

    In Uzumaki (spirals) a town is taken over by spirals. Spirals, you say? What is scary about that? Look at an ear, that's a spiral, nothing scary about that. Clouds spiral sometimes. Dust in the wind can spiral. Cat fur can kind of spiral. Your hair can kind of spiral. Gradually, all you and the townspeople see are spirals and you and they are driven mad by spirals. Yes, that happens, it does, in Ito's masterpiece. And with spirals! Uzumaki! It is kind of a neat trick to make an abstract image/a In Uzumaki (spirals) a town is taken over by spirals. Spirals, you say? What is scary about that? Look at an ear, that's a spiral, nothing scary about that. Clouds spiral sometimes. Dust in the wind can spiral. Cat fur can kind of spiral. Your hair can kind of spiral. Gradually, all you and the townspeople see are spirals and you and they are driven mad by spirals. Yes, that happens, it does, in Ito's masterpiece. And with spirals! Uzumaki! It is kind of a neat trick to make an abstract image/a design principle/an idea scare the living bejeebus out of you. But it's true, it happens, and it's an amazing artistic accomplishment, because you thought it could only happen with words ala Stephen King novels or Hitchcock movies, with music and images and dialogue. But this is manga, comics horror. Mostly images. And it works. This is an amazing ending to a great manga horror series. Spirals! And a surprise ending it didn't really need to make it great, I could have done without it, but it was still great, maybe even greater because of it. The drawing is amazing, and the accumulative effect of all the spirals taking over and driving a whole town insane really works! You will see spirals everywhere, AHHHHHH!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Elle

    3.5* STARS! Uzumaki is Japanese for Spiral. The final conclusion about the spiral curse in Kurōzu-cho. Our main leads, Kirie and her family moved to their new 'junk' house after the storm in the previous volume. Kirie's family isn't alone. Her neighbor stated there's a rumor about other family who suffered skin disease. It's the spiral curse again. In the next chapters, the spiral curse is getting more intense and crazy. Kurōzu-cho already destroyed by the storm but there's some survivors. Also 3.5* STARS! Uzumaki is Japanese for Spiral. The final conclusion about the spiral curse in Kurōzu-cho. Our main leads, Kirie and her family moved to their new 'junk' house after the storm in the previous volume. Kirie's family isn't alone. Her neighbor stated there's a rumor about other family who suffered skin disease. It's the spiral curse again. In the next chapters, the spiral curse is getting more intense and crazy. Kurōzu-cho already destroyed by the storm but there's some survivors. Also there's the snail person. Anyway, Kirie's family and friends kicked from the 'junk house' because it's the only house that survive the hurricane. They couldn't leave Kurōzu-cho and walking in circles. Meeting new strangers who hope will find a way but instead infected with the spiral curse. Towards the ending, I still didn't find answers for this spiral curse. Everything turns into spiral and make my head dizzy. Let's just say the ending didn't like what I expected. Kinda frustrating.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ash Ebrahim

    Well....... WTH was the book about???? :S thinking, trying to remember...................................... oh SPIRALS and what else?? thinking... OH I KNOW SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS etc. I'm just sitting wondering what to say about it. I guess I will just nag. SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS AND SPIRALS THIS SERIES WASTED maybe 5 HOURS OF MY LIFE SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS AND SPIRALS I have NO IDEA FROM WHAT PART OF BRAIN THIS Well....... WTH was the book about???? :S thinking, trying to remember...................................... oh SPIRALS and what else?? thinking... OH I KNOW SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS etc. I'm just sitting wondering what to say about it. I guess I will just nag. SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS AND SPIRALS THIS SERIES WASTED maybe 5 HOURS OF MY LIFE SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS AND SPIRALS I have NO IDEA FROM WHAT PART OF BRAIN THIS STORY CAME FROM SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS AND SPIRALS It was about obsession at first but then it turned to I dunno what SPIRALS if thats the word. SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS AND SPIRALS Wondering why would someone bother drawing such a book or a publisher publishing it SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS AND SPIRALS I KEEP wondering what the story is about and what was the point of the last book or the whole series. SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS AND SPIRALS I HOPE THEY BAN THIS BOOK WORLDWIDE SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS AND SPIRALS The book was SICK SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS AND SPIRALS The characters were unrealistic mentally and physically SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS AND SPIRALS The book wasn't funny AT ALL (not like the first) SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS AND SPIRALS As a whole its a 0.2 stars series 0.1 for book one 0.1 for book 2 0.0 for book 3 SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS AND SPIRALS the book SUCKED SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS AND SPIRALS Nothing else to say but SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS AND SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS AND SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS AND SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS AND SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS AND SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS AND SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS AND SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS SPIRALS AND SPIRALS

  7. 5 out of 5

    Danger

    Uzumaki finishes up with this final volume. While the weirdness stayed consistent, the body-horror elements took somewhat of a backseat to more action-based scenes, and the episodic way it progressed earlier now only serves the overarching storyline, which makes sense considering everything needed to get wrapped up. Unfortunately, nothing in here quite touches the two “pregnancy” chapter from volume 2, which is not to say this is bad, but that was REALLY good. Still, volume 3 gives us a Uzumaki finishes up with this final volume. While the weirdness stayed consistent, the body-horror elements took somewhat of a backseat to more action-based scenes, and the episodic way it progressed earlier now only serves the overarching storyline, which makes sense considering everything needed to get wrapped up. Unfortunately, nothing in here quite touches the two “pregnancy” chapter from volume 2, which is not to say this is bad, but that was REALLY good. Still, volume 3 gives us a satisfying ending to what I can easily say was one of the most enjoyable comic-reading experiences I’ve had in a long time.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    I don't know. Sometimes I'm just not in the mood to read about people turning into snails and whatnot.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mica

    Soooooooo this will be a review on the series as a whole. While I found the third volume not-as-good-as-the-prequels it was still amazing, disgusting and horrifying. Which it is to be expected from Junji Ito of course. I found out about Ito’s genius from an YouTube video that I will link here: https://youtu.be/lIIA6QDgl2M I was intrigued, nevertheless, since I consider horror to be one of the hardest and best genre to experience full on. If there is anything that life actually taught me, is that I Soooooooo this will be a review on the series as a whole. While I found the third volume not-as-good-as-the-prequels it was still amazing, disgusting and horrifying. Which it is to be expected from Junji Ito of course. I found out about Ito’s genius from an YouTube video that I will link here: https://youtu.be/lIIA6QDgl2M I was intrigued, nevertheless, since I consider horror to be one of the hardest and best genre to experience full on. If there is anything that life actually taught me, is that I can get scared thru video games (oooh yeahh) and comics surprisingly (the video talks about this topic more so I won’t stop here). So I read “The enigma of Amigara Fault” first. And I was not impressed. From a person who is quite familiar with the genre (or at least a person who experienced dark and twisted thoughts, like so many others) an other disabled mind isn’t such a surprise nor did it scare me. I was disappointed and considered his fame overrated. I saw his illustrations before, but out of context, i couldn’t care for them. And then I read Uzumaki. While the entire narrative is still composed out of short stories (like the enigma of Amigara Fault and so many others of his works), the stories are linked together, and provide a much slower and torturing experience. Uzumaki got me throwing away the phone in disgust. Closing my eyes. Look behind my back. Feel my stomach turning upside down. Thinking about it when I wasn’t reading it. Looking for lighter works (something I never do). I can’t imagine the Mind who created this hell hole and I do truly don’t want to. All I can say is that if you want to risk and look into the eye of the tornado, you’ll have to expect a spiral. The symbol of the spiral is so rich in history and using alike, so the fact that Ito managed to twist it completely while still keeping its original sense it’s terrifying and compelling at once. All i can say is that you are gonna see me picking up more of his works, that fascinates me and correlates with my mind in a strange, swirling way.

  10. 5 out of 5

    David

    Oh. My. Gawd. HOW is this NOT an american movie yet??? (I see there IS a Japanese interpretation, but haven't been able to locate a copy- but like "The Ring" (Ringu) and "The Grudge" before it... this has AMAZING pottential for an American Horror Movie... REAL Horror, not that blood-n-guts stuff they pass off as 'horror' nowdays... This is the story of a village. A village infected with SPIRALS. Oh sure. Go ahead. Chuckle. Go, "yeah... AND?" But really. Think about it. ...what happens when something as Oh. My. Gawd. HOW is this NOT an american movie yet??? (I see there IS a Japanese interpretation, but haven't been able to locate a copy- but like "The Ring" (Ringu) and "The Grudge" before it... this has AMAZING pottential for an American Horror Movie... REAL Horror, not that blood-n-guts stuff they pass off as 'horror' nowdays... This is the story of a village. A village infected with SPIRALS. Oh sure. Go ahead. Chuckle. Go, "yeah... AND?" But really. Think about it. ...what happens when something as simple, no... as MUNDANE, as a 'spiral' becomes greater than just one aspect of the world, one pattern... and begins to take OVER? It's HORRIBLE. I couldn't stop reading untill I had gotten through the trilogy- TWICE. It would take some translating... but this, like many other 'surreal' movies (like "Ink" and "Pan's Labyrinth" would make an EXCELLENT movie that would make your SKIN crawl. You have spirals on the skin over your fingertips you know. ...and they don't stop there. Don't think too long, too hard, about it... or YOU could get infected, too.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Caro the Helmet Lady

    Ok this one was equally icky and creepy, and I think sometimes that Japanese writers get to the most twisted ideas in the world of horror. So when finishing some creepy story you can be sure that somewhere behind the scene there's this Japanese guy giggling like mad.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Greg Heath

    [Note: This review is intended to cover all 3 volumes of the book, but I'll eventually get around to doing separate write-ups for the individual volumes.] Junji Ito's "Uzumaki" is a brutally terrifying read that somehow manages to walk that fine line between the kind of creeping, disquieting horror associated with J-Horror films and the go-for-the-throat shock value that the grotesque American monster movies typically possess. The reason I'm making movie comparisons here is not only because, of [Note: This review is intended to cover all 3 volumes of the book, but I'll eventually get around to doing separate write-ups for the individual volumes.] Junji Ito's "Uzumaki" is a brutally terrifying read that somehow manages to walk that fine line between the kind of creeping, disquieting horror associated with J-Horror films and the go-for-the-throat shock value that the grotesque American monster movies typically possess. The reason I'm making movie comparisons here is not only because, of course, this is a manga - with the familiar cinematic pacing and still-frame shot panels - but also because, though episodic and segmented into installments, Ito's work "feels" like a movie. That is to say, it's simply too visceral an experience to think of it in terms of a written work, and though images from this book will linger in your mind long after you've put it down as they would with any horror novel, you're very likely to experience them firsthand, uniquely, as I did - through the peculiar lens of synthesized art and language, woven together here with such consummate grace as to have a lulling, spellbinding effect. And that, not surprisingly, amplifies the horror tenfold. The events that unfold in "Uzumaki" are, essentially, outrageous. The concept is so strange and far-fetched - a town is haunted by the spiral shape, its citizens driven mad by the aching beauty of the pattern - that one would expect that in having to consciously suspend disbelief, the element of horror would be diminished. As the reader comes to discover, however, that simply isn't the case. No, despite the fantastic plot premise and seeming ridiculousness of a shape being scary, Ito manages to plow right through the reader's guard and catch him unawares. Ito has very likely set things up this way on purpose, luring the reader into a false sense of security and then proceeding to make the reader truly fear what he or she was previously scoffing at. It's this quality that draws me time and again to Ito's distinctive brand of horror: he capitalizes on the fact that, as rational human beings, we will fear what we do not understand. And in this case, the reader will not understand why the silly spiral pattern has suddenly become an aspect of palpable dread. The three volumes, when read in proper order, build quietly and escalate in horror with each subsequent release. Things in the sleepy lakeside town are unsettling. Whispers of madness and strange events abound, and throughout the first volume, these lulling moments of calm are broken only by explosive moments of violence, generally self-inflicted and always grotesque in nature. The story focuses on two high school teenagers, a young boy/girl couple. The horrific events unfold slowly around them as they desperately search for clues and a way to help the town from its descent into madness, and toward the end of the book, they come face to face with the horrors on a more personal level. The ending is absolutely terrifying, but as with all great J-Horror, it's purposefully ambiguous. Sharing that won't spoil anything - in fact, let it serve as a fair warning. Not having everything wrapped up in a perfect little ribboned box is generally a lot more disquieting, and this is no exception. Although not necessarily relevant to the book's review, I'll take a moment to touch on the 2000 film version of "Uzumaki," having already referenced the J-Horror film genre a fair amount. The film covers the first two volumes of the book faithfully, though the hospital mosquito scenes are missing. It comes as close as possible, I think, to capturing the subtlety and nuance of Ito's thickly-inked artwork, and adds a new layer of atmosphere all its own in the stuffy grays and muted greens and browns, blanketing the sky above the town with a perpetual, suffocating sheet of ash-colored clouds. There's also something unique in watching the film version of the story - a detective character actually discovers fairly early on the reasons behind the spiral's presence in the town and its maddening influence on the citizens. Without spoiling the film for those who want to watch it, I'll say that, despite this new plot development, the ending is perhaps even creepier than the book version. For the added dimension of color and haunting ambiguity, I highly recommend watching the film prior to reading the book. Nothing was lost in knowing some (not all) of the events that would occur, and I feel that my experience of Ito's work was further enriched by having viewed it prior. Anyway, by the book's third volume, the word "catastrophic" will come to mind. Without risking spoiling one of the more gruesome elements of the third installment, I'll just say that when limbs contort, minds bend in turn...and that slugs should fear one another as well as salt. For anyone who's read it, I'm sure you'll agree with me that the "crawl in and dine" scene was one of the most disturbing things I've ever heard of, let alone seen drawn. If anything I've read or seen can said to have been imprinted in memory, then for me, it's surely that nasty image and the sounds and implications of what was not shown along with it. In conclusion, I firmly believe that this is Ito's best work. His Tomie stories are iconic, Gyo was strange and shocking, and the various collected shorts for the stand-alone Museum of Terror anthology were all memorable and eerie, but it's this, with its slowly rising din and climactic cacophony, that really made a lasting impression in my mind. From a writer's standpoint - novelist, manga-ka, or any other kind - this is a flawless masterwork of horror, and should be studied for both technique and subsequent effect. The concept is inimitable, and no one has even tried. Ito's tone and pacing, both in his artwork and through his writing, is seamless and perfectly suited to the subject of the tale and the events that unfold. No event is insignificant to the whole, though finding a common thread of meaning among them is, amazingly, quite troublesome. It's the simultaneous bludgeoning of the mind and the senses in reading "Uzumaki" that makes it work, makes it linger - makes it unforgettable.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Yash Sinojia

    This connects much plot points from the previous one. I found it especially amazing the way this deals with the situation of a cursed eutrophication of humanity and how the accursed ones were enjoying all those absurdities. This articulation has got no light at the end of the tunnel.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    This is the first manga I've ever read. It's volume 3 of 3, and I didn't read the first two volumes but I still could figure out the plot just fine. This is horror, of the Lovecraftian kind. Very weird and very creepy.

  15. 5 out of 5

    DeAnna Knippling

    ...And weirder. I didn't think it was going to be possible to wrap this up in a satisfying manner. But this worked for me.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    It's actually been nearly 18 months since I read volume two. I think that subconsciously I must have been avoiding reading the third and perhaps my subconscious - on this particular occasion - was being very sensible. These volumes contain some of the most twisted and disgusting examples of horror I think I can recall and reading them, at whatever time of day, has made my skin crawl and I've started to feel a little nauseous (OK, slight exaggeration but you do get the idea. Seriously - It's actually been nearly 18 months since I read volume two. I think that subconsciously I must have been avoiding reading the third and perhaps my subconscious - on this particular occasion - was being very sensible. These volumes contain some of the most twisted and disgusting examples of horror I think I can recall and reading them, at whatever time of day, has made my skin crawl and I've started to feel a little nauseous (OK, slight exaggeration but you do get the idea. Seriously - *shudders*). The final volume has something of a narrative, but it's nothing more of a vehicle to push towards a philosophy of hopelessness and despair. Which isn't to say that it's neither gripping or fascinating; just be warned that this is a work of the surreal supernatural as opposed to a drama with a narrative push; there's no comfort or solace within these pages, yet like the spiral you're compelled to keep going and keep going, to see this thing out to the bitter end. This is an amazing manga. This is a horrible manga. This manga will probably cause your toes to curl and will mercilessly leave you to lie awake for hours contemplating the bizarre, grotesque imagery contained within. This manga makes me want to read more horror manga - I doubt there's too much that's as good, though.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Louisa

    It’s amazing that it took a giant whirlpool popping up in the middle of the town for the characters to realise that they needed to get the fuck out of there.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jim Smith

    Highly satisfying conclusion to the saga. I was less keen on all the whirlwind stuff in this volume and the end of the second, which is why I rate them slightly lower than the genius perfection of the first volume, but it all came together at the end, and I found the final few chapters gripping.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Emm the Bookmunculus - Half Human, Half Library

    4 Stars The Uzumaki series as a whole, can best be described as "horrific cosmic apocalypse systematically destroys everything... but only in one tiny little suburban town." It's an incredibly fun series if you can handle it. I had really been anticipating the Finale for a long time. This is not to say it was disappointing, but it sinks way more into post-apocalyptic survival territory than I would've liked. The two previous volumes are more creeping, surreal horror, particularly that whole 4 Stars The Uzumaki series as a whole, can best be described as "horrific cosmic apocalypse systematically destroys everything... but only in one tiny little suburban town." It's an incredibly fun series if you can handle it. I had really been anticipating the Finale for a long time. This is not to say it was disappointing, but it sinks way more into post-apocalyptic survival territory than I would've liked. The two previous volumes are more creeping, surreal horror, particularly that whole hospital incident that no one talks about ever again, for... some reason? The Finale is quite epic, but the constant "literally everything is trying to kill us at every moment in time" can be a bit much. I mean, it really is relentless danger through the whole thing. No breaks, no speculation. No (view spoiler)[happy ending (hide spoiler)] . In this one, the main characters are struggling just to survive when Kurozu-cho decides to go Full Insanity (as if it wasn't already there...) and the town starts to distort itself viciously, killing off most of its citizens or leaving them to the much worse fate of madness and um... being glued to other people in a house. (It makes sense in context.) Now about the ending... (view spoiler)[What an epic-level downer. Simply put, the curse reaches its apex and the main characters, and whoever else was left alive after all that, are turned into statues, presumably for the rest of eternity - lost within the heart of the spiral curse itself. (hide spoiler)] Forever. Oh, and after that leaves you senseless, enjoy some mood whiplash with a funny comic about the author. The End. Overall Score Art - 6/5 (always) Characterization - 3.5/5 (hard to judge, really) Story - 4/5 Twist Ending - 4.5/5 Pure Insanity - Infinite / 5 Scariness - 3.5/5 General Score - 4/5

  20. 5 out of 5

    robb

    Uzumaki, Volume 3 by Junji Ito Review Rating: 2/5 Uzumaki, Volume 3 is a passable conclusion to this disturbing manga series. After all the shit that went down in the second volume, I was expecting a lot more from this. You could say that I was disappointed, actually. The things that I have enjoyed and the things that I was disappointed with in the 1st and 2nd volume actually switched by the 3rd one. The story actually moved. After two volumes of disjointed and messy violent, graphic panels, the Uzumaki, Volume 3 by Junji Ito Review Rating: 2/5 Uzumaki, Volume 3 is a passable conclusion to this disturbing manga series. After all the shit that went down in the second volume, I was expecting a lot more from this. You could say that I was disappointed, actually. The things that I have enjoyed and the things that I was disappointed with in the 1st and 2nd volume actually switched by the 3rd one. The story actually moved. After two volumes of disjointed and messy violent, graphic panels, the plot actually had a path to go to here. Since it was the last manga in this series, well it really is expected to move. Yes the plot moved and the resolution was there. But was I happy with the resolution? Eh... I wasn't the biggest fan of the ending since the author could definitely do more in order to go a mile and make it creepy as fuck and thoughtful but this ending was just normal, which I was really disappointed by. The violence was super toned down in this volume, which personally really disappointed me with what the first two volumes had to offer. As the last manga in this series I was expecting this to be the most violent and even disturbing one but no. I'll have to give it to the second volume. Even the climax in this conclusion was pretty lackluster and lacked the thrill; I was underwhelmed, hard. Creepy shit, gone. Super distrubing violence and gore, gone. A moving plot with a recognizable ending and resolution, check. Well, it actually did something right! P.S. I hope Gyo is better because walking fish with spider legs is pretty disturbing. Instagram | Twitter | IMDb

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ed

    Gustav Murnau gave his legendary film "Nosferatu" the elegant subtitle "eine Symphonie des Grauens" - a Symphony of Horror - referencing his own tight control over the filming process, and the excellent blending in that film of the great traditions of the classic scary story. Junji Ito's "Uzumaki" cannot be called a Symphony, but a Rondo - a repetition of variations on a theme. Here, in the closing as everywhere else, Ito utilises the techniques of great horror as stipulated by Todorov's essay Gustav Murnau gave his legendary film "Nosferatu" the elegant subtitle "eine Symphonie des Grauens" - a Symphony of Horror - referencing his own tight control over the filming process, and the excellent blending in that film of the great traditions of the classic scary story. Junji Ito's "Uzumaki" cannot be called a Symphony, but a Rondo - a repetition of variations on a theme. Here, in the closing as everywhere else, Ito utilises the techniques of great horror as stipulated by Todorov's essay on "The Fantastic", and Freud's "The Uncanny". Todorov pointed out the potential in the idea of uncertainty for creating fear and wonder; Freud showed that the greatest fear can be found when the familiar becomes unfamiliar. So, after such comforting things as friends, neighbours, houses, children - even the plants of the Earth - fall into the ultimate symbol of the uncanny, the ever-enigmatic spiral, they become representations of despair, of the depressive point of view seeing everything in life being doomed to fall into a cycle without end, a cycle of death and cruelty and oppression that curls inside its own centre, forever. So to that ending - where the Spirals have no meaning except meaninglessness itself. Yet Ito's tender side is expressed as well - the curse is not ended until the finale, where two people come together and cling to each other in their despair. Which has a sort of chilling charm. Anyway. This ought to be read by more people interested in horror that pushes boundaries. If you're reading this, find a copy of "Uzumaki", and pass it around...

  22. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    Reading this actually made me dizzy and a little nauseous. Almost like the spiral curse was breaking the fourth wall and actually effecting me in real life. 0_0 The concepts of how the spiral curse effected the town, the people, and reality itself were by far the best and scariest part of this series. They were just so inventive and crazy and kept gaining momentum as the curse reached its peak. I kept thinking how much worse can it get for these poor people? and it never stoped. That being said Reading this actually made me dizzy and a little nauseous. Almost like the spiral curse was breaking the fourth wall and actually effecting me in real life. 0_0 The concepts of how the spiral curse effected the town, the people, and reality itself were by far the best and scariest part of this series. They were just so inventive and crazy and kept gaining momentum as the curse reached its peak. I kept thinking how much worse can it get for these poor people? and it never stoped. That being said it wasn't perfect. The characters felt pretty flat. From the townspeople, you get a great sense of their panic and hopelessness that would eventually result in their cruelty and insanity but other than that they don't seem to have much going on in their heads. The most rational characters were the main ones yet they stayed in the town even though they were the first ones to know about the curse? When they finally tried to leave it was too late. Maybe there was some sort of explanation I missed like the spiral compelled them to stay or something. Otherwise it doesn't make sense. But eh... the spiral curse was the main focus of the story, the characters were just vehicles to show it off. And just for that I'd say it's worth reading.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Michaelle

    I am frustrated. I am disturbed. I am so happy. It amazes me that it took these damn people so long to realize that they needed to jump ship. I would have been out of town during volume 1. I really love this series. I feel that volume 3 might have been the weakest of the three, though. The art was just as amazing as volume 1 and 2. BUT THAT ENDING. It wasn't terrible, I thought it was almost sweet. BUT WHAT THE HELL?! I had been anticipating the end since chapter one and I feel it was pretty... I am frustrated. I am disturbed. I am so happy. It amazes me that it took these damn people so long to realize that they needed to jump ship. I would have been out of town during volume 1. I really love this series. I feel that volume 3 might have been the weakest of the three, though. The art was just as amazing as volume 1 and 2. BUT THAT ENDING. It wasn't terrible, I thought it was almost sweet. BUT WHAT THE HELL?! I had been anticipating the end since chapter one and I feel it was pretty... tame? a bit of a let-down? Yet, I am not exactly sure what a "good" ending would have been like.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    See reviews for vols. 1 and 2 and also: I can't imagine this ending any differently or any better. Being relatively new to Japanese horror, I find the differences between Japanese and American horror fascinating. American horror is about one man or one man and his friends battling alone against the forces of evil and Japanese horror seems to be more about coping in the face of powers that are overwhelmingly greater than any of the individuals involved. Evil is never vanquished; it is escaped or See reviews for vols. 1 and 2 and also: I can't imagine this ending any differently or any better. Being relatively new to Japanese horror, I find the differences between Japanese and American horror fascinating. American horror is about one man or one man and his friends battling alone against the forces of evil and Japanese horror seems to be more about coping in the face of powers that are overwhelmingly greater than any of the individuals involved. Evil is never vanquished; it is escaped or distracted temporarily to give humans a break.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Rajiv

    "Uzumaki" has a strong beginning, a middle, and an end. That may not sound like much, but it's Ito's work after all, which is saying a lot. Ito takes everyday objects and turns them into pure horror. Spirals, a rather simple pattern that appears in both nature and man-made objects, is converted into a source of terror, both physically and emotionally. The first two stories are the absolute best, capturing and conveying the horror of obsession. While the first focuses on body horror, the second "Uzumaki" has a strong beginning, a middle, and an end. That may not sound like much, but it's Ito's work after all, which is saying a lot. Ito takes everyday objects and turns them into pure horror. Spirals, a rather simple pattern that appears in both nature and man-made objects, is converted into a source of terror, both physically and emotionally. The first two stories are the absolute best, capturing and conveying the horror of obsession. While the first focuses on body horror, the second beautifully captures the gothic kind. This results in a wonderful see-saw of emotions in the readers; it's something I've seen very few authors, especially in manga, do, and it must be applauded. Ito also expertly crafts stories about phobias centered around the body. Saying more would be akin to providing spoilers, so I'll refrain. You should read the stories. Ito balances cosmic and body horror brilliantly, especially in the way he answers the question of who's more evil. While there is unseen and unexplained evil at the core of the town, it's the people who end up doing horrific things unprovoked. It is what truly drives the stories forward, making them more horrific than they should be. "Uzumaki" is a brilliant read throughout. It goes a bit off the rails at some points, but the genius is consistent enough to make this an excellent read.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Blythe

    Review for the full series. Uzumaki is considered to be Ito’s classic and most famous work, having been adapted into two video games and a feature film. A town in Japan begins to be slowly and inextricably taken over by the shape of a spiral — a simple geometric shape that twists the town and the people in it into distortions of themselves. Some of this is physical, some is mental or spiritual. The central characters are Kirie and her boyfriend Shuichi and we see the events unfold more and more Review for the full series. Uzumaki is considered to be Ito’s classic and most famous work, having been adapted into two video games and a feature film. A town in Japan begins to be slowly and inextricably taken over by the shape of a spiral — a simple geometric shape that twists the town and the people in it into distortions of themselves. Some of this is physical, some is mental or spiritual. The central characters are Kirie and her boyfriend Shuichi and we see the events unfold more and more horrifically. However, each chapter (especially in the first couple of volumes) almost feels like an individual story of a strange event and these stories slowly show how they are connected as the books build to their frightening conclusion. Ito is a master of weird, cosmic horror, as Uzumaki proves. I also have a full blog post on Juni Ito.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    This last volume really ramps it up again. And this time around the stories are cohesive instead of being combined islands of stories. The row houses were an interesting touch, but wow that mangled mass of coiled bodies was seriously creepy. Not a happy ending, which is nice in a way. Most stories don't end on a good note, so I don't know why written stories usually do. The final "lost chapter" about galaxies was ok, and would have fit in with the first book decently, but otherwise could have This last volume really ramps it up again. And this time around the stories are cohesive instead of being combined islands of stories. The row houses were an interesting touch, but wow that mangled mass of coiled bodies was seriously creepy. Not a happy ending, which is nice in a way. Most stories don't end on a good note, so I don't know why written stories usually do. The final "lost chapter" about galaxies was ok, and would have fit in with the first book decently, but otherwise could have done without. I'll definitely check out more books by this author.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Alok

    It has its moments and for a few pages I thought, mind-bending! But in the end, it doesn't really matter. Heh. Because the ending was meh. It was somewhat hinted. But the why and how wasn't explored. From a concept point of view, it makes sense. The spiral's beginning and end are hard to call out. It's continuous. Horror and romance remain disappointing in all media. Horror invokes no fear and romance no tenderness. Sucks, to be honest. But I gotta admit among all the worst horror things I've read It has its moments and for a few pages I thought, mind-bending! But in the end, it doesn't really matter. Heh. Because the ending was meh. It was somewhat hinted. But the why and how wasn't explored. From a concept point of view, it makes sense. The spiral's beginning and end are hard to call out. It's continuous. Horror and romance remain disappointing in all media. Horror invokes no fear and romance no tenderness. Sucks, to be honest. But I gotta admit among all the worst horror things I've read or seen, this was good.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Maja Ingrid

    This is a review for the whole series and not just this volume So last year a friend found the not so good, trashy movie adaption. We watched, ate pizza and laughed. Fast forward a couple of days ago where I watched a youtube video and the youtuber mentioned this manga at the end of it. They said it was bizarre and great and must-read. Have a vague memory of my friend saying her friend had read it when they were young and got scarred for life. Let's just say I had to read this. And let me tell This is a review for the whole series and not just this volume So last year a friend found the not so good, trashy movie adaption. We watched, ate pizza and laughed. Fast forward a couple of days ago where I watched a youtube video and the youtuber mentioned this manga at the end of it. They said it was bizarre and great and must-read. Have a vague memory of my friend saying her friend had read it when they were young and got scarred for life. Let's just say I had to read this. And let me tell you. It was fucked up in a gruesome morbid and bizarre way and I was often in awe, laughing at the fucked-up bizarreness. And morbid as I am, I had the time of my life. The artwork is great! Plot too. However I did not found volume 3 as good as the previous 2, but it was still good with a satisfying ending.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dimitris

    Weeeeellllll.... it was ok?! It was good? Meh? Dunno really. It was ok. It was really interesting towards the end on what's about to happen but, well, I didn't like the end. Neither for the characters, which I never cared about to be honest, or the story, which I wanted to see what happens or what the spiral was and everything. Nothing was satisfying enough, except for the artwork. Other than that it was ok!

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