October 30, 2015

Uzumaki

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Kurozu-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 According to Shuichi Saito, the withdrawn boyfriend of teenager Kirie Goshima, their town is haunted not by a person or being but by a pattern: uzumaki, the spiral, the hypnotic secret shape of the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 Kurouzu-cho are pulled ever deeper, as if into a whirlpool from which there is no return…

Candy’s Rating: 7.5/10
Candy’s Thoughts: If you see the word Uzumaki and you think about Naruto, gtfo, you’re lame and I hate you! You should be thinking about the cult classic of a manga!

So Uzumaki has a pretty straightforward story, spirals are everyone and everything is fucked. In a more complicated sense, one day people started acting really strange, where bad things happened, spirals appeared, and thus we have a story centering on the mystery of the spiral. Okay, sounds like we got some supernatural stuff happening, I’m okay with that, but this stuff isn’t just supernatural, it’s creepy as F. Of course I mean that in the best way for this manga It’s basically episodic stories that are building up to a connecting plot that appears within the last 2 or so volumes. Each story is so uniquely crazy, I adore it! So they range from losing your mind to turning into snails to hair fighting, it’s insane! But the best part is that it’s all gorgeous and drawn with such detail that it’s literally impossible to not be horrified. My favorite story is still spiral in the head (insert image).
So even though the story is episodic, we do have a set of characters that are here throughout the whole thing. Though there’s nothing unique about them, I liked Kirie and Satoshi. What I liked most was the relationship between them. Although I’m a bit sad they they never acted like a dating couple (could not actually tell they were together until waaaay later in the manga) I loved how Kirie never left Satoshi even though he was clearly going through some things. Most girls would’ve dipped with a quickness, but she stood by him. Besides that, they fill their roles as main characters. Satoshi being the one that knows what happening and Kirie just getting pulled into every story.
When the plot comes together and shit hits the fan, is when I stopped enjoying the manga so much. The atmosphere and vibe are kept up, and even new characters are added, but charm was lost as it progressed. I think the biggest problem I had was how so much shit was happening, and there wasn’t a single explanation. I would’ve been fine with that, but the ending was just….yea no, I think the ending is actually horrible which is probably why I enjoyed it less.
The art is gorgeous and truly amplifies the horror aspects of the story. You yourself get drawn into the spiral. You can’t help but fall into the mystery, wondering why and how everything is happening, and loving it nonetheless. It’s super fascinating how the townspeople respond to the things happening in the town compared to the people that come from outside of it. The best is when people turn into snails and wtf that whole thing is about.

Romance is sparse until the ending, the stories are extremely enjoyable, the art is amazing, and the horror aspect is real. We don’t get lost in a bunch of unnecessary jump scares, they just keep up a great ambiance with the dreary town the whole story through. So what I’m saying is if you like horror read this. If you like great art, read this. If you like classic stories of little towns, read this. Omg just read it, you lose nothing by doing so, just do it! Just, don’t get all involved with the ending and end up getting mad like me. Just accept that supernatural means supernatural okay?


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  1. Awesomely creepy stuff, Brandi! I’ve actually got this and Gyo (because the books cover is purdy), but I’ve never gotten around to reading them because I’m a scaredy cat. XD

    That final image is thing nightmares are made of. D:

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