Uzumaki – by Junji Ito
Hello, Loyal readers! Today my wife Julie is here to share a review of a manga she’s enjoying a lot!
I have been meaning to pick up this series for the better part of the past decade. That’s a little sad, isn’t it? I finally got my hands on it though and have already finished volumes 1 + 2 (there’s only 3 total, thankfully this isn’t freaking Bleach).
So here’s what you need to know: Uzumaki is a horror manga centering around the strange tale of a town in Japan which becomes possessed by the “spiral’. Without irreparably spoiling anything about the plot this series has some wonderfully creepy panels which really drive home the horror aspect. Uzumaki is a beautiful blend of good writing and well drawn art, which I think is why I love it so much. It feels like I’m reading a horror movie in the sense that I still get the visual scares along with an intriguing story. Some of the chapters feel a little episodic, but it works.
Now volume 2 in particular has some pretty gruesome drawings so if you happen to have any hang ups about pregnancy, unnecessary surgery, or mosquitos you might want to rethink reading this one. For all my fellow horror fans however I highly recommend this series. Even if you’re not a fan of the horror genre in particular give it a try; I think you’ll be glad you did.