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A sleepy town on the coast of Japan is under quiet, deadly siege, not by a person or group but by a primeval spiral shape whose victims include both parents of Shuichi Saito. In this second volume of the saga, Shuichi's girlfriend Kirie becomes further involved in the town's terrible secret when schoolmates start turning up as horrible human snails and something unspeakabl A sleepy town on the coast of Japan is under quiet, deadly siege, not by a person or group but by a primeval spiral shape whose victims include both parents of Shuichi Saito. In this second volume of the saga, Shuichi's girlfriend Kirie becomes further involved in the town's terrible secret when schoolmates start turning up as horrible human snails and something unspeakable is discovered within the walls of the local hospital.


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A sleepy town on the coast of Japan is under quiet, deadly siege, not by a person or group but by a primeval spiral shape whose victims include both parents of Shuichi Saito. In this second volume of the saga, Shuichi's girlfriend Kirie becomes further involved in the town's terrible secret when schoolmates start turning up as horrible human snails and something unspeakabl A sleepy town on the coast of Japan is under quiet, deadly siege, not by a person or group but by a primeval spiral shape whose victims include both parents of Shuichi Saito. In this second volume of the saga, Shuichi's girlfriend Kirie becomes further involved in the town's terrible secret when schoolmates start turning up as horrible human snails and something unspeakable is discovered within the walls of the local hospital.

30 review for Uzumaki: Spiral into Horror, Vol. 2.

  1. 4 out of 5

    Trish

    After the incident at the end of volume one, Kirie has her hair short - and who could blame her. We follow her and a number of her town's residents while the spiral keeps turning more and more lives into a horror freak show. I was very impressed with the second issue as it tackled both bullying and homosexuality (the latter as a stigma). To so subtly incorporate this in a horror comic can't be easy but it was brilliantly done. For some reason, the lighthouse issue, or at least one of the first imag After the incident at the end of volume one, Kirie has her hair short - and who could blame her. We follow her and a number of her town's residents while the spiral keeps turning more and more lives into a horror freak show. I was very impressed with the second issue as it tackled both bullying and homosexuality (the latter as a stigma). To so subtly incorporate this in a horror comic can't be easy but it was brilliantly done. For some reason, the lighthouse issue, or at least one of the first images in it, reminded me of "Nuit Etoilée" (Starry Night) by van Gogh. Oh, and that spin in vampirism was quite unsettling as well. The art, except for at the very beginning (kind of like a foreword) was again black-and-white, just the way I've come to like it. It really does intensify the creep-factor of this story in my opinion. People always say that Japanese horror movies are far more spooky than Western ones and after reading this manga, I can definitely believe it, because it's also much more frightening and unsettling than any other I've read so far (these others have all been by Western writers/artists). This is definitely on a whole different level (although I still prefer Western art styles). Nevertheless, I still wonder ... why not just physically leave town?! Why does everybody stay?! Just one of the as-yet unanswered questions, we'll see if there are answers.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mario

    Whoa... This one was even crazier than the first one, but also a lot better. Can't wait to read Vol. 3 and hopefully get some answers.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Bradley

    Re-read. Truly, deliciously, evil. We all know the spirals are out to get us. :) The more I read, the deeper down the Phi I go. Phi, phi, phi, phi, phi.....

  4. 5 out of 5

    Elle

    5* STARS! Uzumaki is Japanese for Spiral. The continuation of supernatural events in Kurōzu-cho caused by the spiral effects. Our main leads, Kirie and her boyfriend, Shuichi also affected by the spiral curse. They're not untouchable, you know. In volume #2, there's more fascinating yet creepy story in each chapters. My favorite is the snail person. How disturbing it can be? A person slowly turns into a hugee snail? They're not human anymore. Also there's a mosquitoes-slash-dracula's effect happen 5* STARS! Uzumaki is Japanese for Spiral. The continuation of supernatural events in Kurōzu-cho caused by the spiral effects. Our main leads, Kirie and her boyfriend, Shuichi also affected by the spiral curse. They're not untouchable, you know. In volume #2, there's more fascinating yet creepy story in each chapters. My favorite is the snail person. How disturbing it can be? A person slowly turns into a hugee snail? They're not human anymore. Also there's a mosquitoes-slash-dracula's effect happened when Kirie stayed at hospital. There's no further explanation about that case. Maybe it connected with the spiral curse? Who knows. Towards the ending, there's a weird storm keeps chasing Kirie and everything turns to spiral shit. I mean... what the heck?!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bradley

    This is a totally fascinating romp through spirals. As a horror, it is episodic, but that doesn't lessen its impact. The deep strangeness coming through keeps upping the ante, and I can't decide which stories creep me out the most. It's probably the mosquitos. Probably. My god these are good. I completely recommend this short series for any horror fan. Even if you're not particularly into horror, I can't recommend this enough. It's like a perfect encapsulation of what makes horror so fun. :)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Michael Sorbello

    Kurouzu-cho is a small, fogbound town on the coast of Japan, and it is haunted by an unusual curse. The curse of the spiral. A reclusive young man named Shuichi Saito is the first to take notice of the spiral patterns popping up everywhere and having strange effects on people, most of them not even noticing what’s happening to them until it’s too late. No one takes Shuichi’s warnings about the horrifying delusions the spirals cause to those who become entranced by their hypnotic spell seriously, Kurouzu-cho is a small, fogbound town on the coast of Japan, and it is haunted by an unusual curse. The curse of the spiral. A reclusive young man named Shuichi Saito is the first to take notice of the spiral patterns popping up everywhere and having strange effects on people, most of them not even noticing what’s happening to them until it’s too late. No one takes Shuichi’s warnings about the horrifying delusions the spirals cause to those who become entranced by their hypnotic spell seriously, do to his past paranoia-induced ramblings that have given him the reputation of a mentally unbalanced conspiracy theorist. Not even his girlfriend takes him seriously at first. Shuichi’s father is the first of many to fall under the dangerous spell of the spiral, becoming obsessed with the whirling patterns until his obsession drives him to the brink of madness. The story begins with Shuichi Saito trying to explain to his girlfriend that he thinks his father is being driven insane by his recently developed obsession with spirals. He collects hundreds of spiral shaped objects, hoarding them to the point of his house nearly overflowing with them. He refuses to take a bath unless he makes the water form a whirlpool before he jumps in, he even refuses to eat a bowl of soup unless his wife throws in a few spiral shaped fishcakes to please his bizzare fixation. Eventually, Shuichi’s father’s obsession with spirals becomes so extreme that he throws himself into the family pottery machine and sacrifices his life to become a human spiral. All of the bones in his body are crushed, his remains are contorted into a spiral of baggy flesh, leaving his wife and son to discover the horrifying sight of his grotesquely disfigured corpse balled up into a mess of limbs stretched beyond human capacity. The nightmare doesn’t end there. After Shuichi has his father cremated, even his ashes form a disfigured, humanoid spiral in the sky that looms over the terrified locals of Kurouzu-cho like the gaze of an all-powerful god. In that moment, everyone begins to realize that the curse of the spiral is very real. After the tragic incident with Shuichi’s father, the spirals begin to contaminate and consume more and more victims with their hypnotic sadism. They turn school students into snails, pregnant women into bloodsucking monsters, they transform villagers' bodies into tree branch-like limbs that get tangled together when they get too close to each other, they even turn a girl’s hair into a living hypnosis wheel that can drive you insane if you look at the spiraling strands of hair for too long. The curse of the spiral is vicious and it doesn’t stop spreading until the entire island is consumed by its vengeful spell. Before I started reading this manga, I asked myself “how can a cute and innocent thing like spirals possibly be scary?” Well, Uzumaki did a pretty great job of proving that they can be nightmarish little monstrosities. Uzumaki takes full advantage of its visual story-telling format, looking at the pages for long periods of time made me feel slightly dizzy at times, almost making me feel like I was becoming a victim of the spirals myself. It made the experience that much more surreal, being able to see the hypnotic effects the spirals have on the characters while also feeling some of their dizzying effects on my own vision. It’s a masochistic feast for the eyes, drawing you in with surreal body horror and mind-warping imagery. The paranoia, the delirious madness, the lovecraftian themes of normal, everyday people being driven insane by seemingly innocent obsessions. The scales keep getting higher, escalating from strange body disfigurement to full-on gory nightmare fuel. If you’re a horror fan or a fan of lovecraftian themes and imagery, and you’re not all that familiar with what manga has to offer in terms of horror, Uzumaki is the best place to start. It doesn’t have a brilliant plot or deep characters with major story arcs, it’s about average, perfectly ordinary people getting drawn into something otherworldly that the human mind can’t possibly fathom without self-destructing. The story is also told in an episodic format, each chapter having its own self-contained narrative that slowly builds upon the alluring mystery and origins of the spiral curse. The ending also has that poetic lovecraftian touch of humanity being small, helpless and completely irrelevant in the face of greater things that humans can never hope to comprehend.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Danger

    Although the majority of the chapters follow the exact same beats, this remains some of the most bizarre body-horror stories I’ve ever seen. It’s awesome.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Gillian

    Well that was intense... if that is even a word to describe this volume. The pregnant women chapters were seriously messed up.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Gorab Jain

    Slightly better than the first volume. Precisely, art for the scary frames was better. Loving this series overall.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Josh

    I was surprised that this story would be so episodic. For some reason I assumed it would be a more consistent and slow burning horror tale. Nope. Everything gets weirder than weird before you can even get your legs under you. The stories are largely self contained as well, even if each episode does deal with the larger problem of THE CURSE OF THE SPIRALS. Ito draws on some myth and classical literature in this volume. Medusa and Romeo and Juliet are both transformed through the spiral. I found th I was surprised that this story would be so episodic. For some reason I assumed it would be a more consistent and slow burning horror tale. Nope. Everything gets weirder than weird before you can even get your legs under you. The stories are largely self contained as well, even if each episode does deal with the larger problem of THE CURSE OF THE SPIRALS. Ito draws on some myth and classical literature in this volume. Medusa and Romeo and Juliet are both transformed through the spiral. I found these to be weaker, while The Lighthouse and Mosquito were two of the creepiest of the set so far.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Caro the Helmet Lady

    Even more creepy than the first one.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    THE SNAILS

  13. 5 out of 5

    Aritra Dasgupta

    This was simultaneously brilliant and very frustrating. I'm not trying to be poetic here. This has individually some of the best stories. The vampire interpretation with pregnant women and mosquitos, the snail theory, jack in the box are just iconic stories. Iconic. Which should warrant this as a 5 star masterpiece. But, this has the like worst framing device I have seen in a while. We have the same girl narrating all the stories and I'm just saying but if even 3 of these 12 incidents happened to This was simultaneously brilliant and very frustrating. I'm not trying to be poetic here. This has individually some of the best stories. The vampire interpretation with pregnant women and mosquitos, the snail theory, jack in the box are just iconic stories. Iconic. Which should warrant this as a 5 star masterpiece. But, this has the like worst framing device I have seen in a while. We have the same girl narrating all the stories and I'm just saying but if even 3 of these 12 incidents happened to me, I'd run the fuck away from the town. Also, I'm tired of Shuichi being the constant saviour and sane mind in the whole town, just such a lack of variety. All these stories could have basically been done as short stories set in the same town and we would have no problem, since Junji never really bothers about making unique identifiable characters. He cares more about the atmosphere and the monsters and I am so fine with that. Which baffles me even more as to why did he insist on stringing these stories together as "my cousin" or "my seventh-grade friend" or "my little brother." Just feels so lazy and makes all of it implausible and just constantly broke my attention. Fuck that dumb bitch Kirie and her constant escaping all the monsters. Which is also testament to how brilliant these stories individually are that this has a 4 star despite my long para above bitching about this. Cheers.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sakinah

    Crazier than the first one. The author went really mad in this manga. Didn't like this volume that much every thing is kind of hanged. Nothing was solved or had a proper ending. Better for the third volume to be clearer and with endings to its weird events. The three stars are fir his insane creativity. Its definitely unique.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Aso

    Whooaaah umbilical cords chapter leaving me speechless, too much

  16. 4 out of 5

    DeAnna Knippling

    You may have thought it wasn't possible, but things get weirder.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jim Smith

    Not quite as powerful as the first volume due to the less than scary storm story, but the snail boys, blood sucking maternity patients and placenta mushrooms were amazingly bizarre. My Junji Ito addiction is far from sated.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Monika Ghosh

    I'm speechless. This is the best horror comic I've ever read!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Alisha

    4.5 stars My favorite stories from this volume have to be 1. "Mosquitoes" and "The Umbilical Cord" 2. "The Snail" 3. "Jack-in-the-Box" They were truly refreshing and gruesomely entertaining ideas. Junji Ito is a genius for using these in his work- it was disgustingly creepy. I don't understand how after the spirals had affected everyone around Kirie- even her father and brother - they refused to move out of the town. Plus, when a new short story began, the old incidents seemed to be completely forgot 4.5 stars My favorite stories from this volume have to be 1. "Mosquitoes" and "The Umbilical Cord" 2. "The Snail" 3. "Jack-in-the-Box" They were truly refreshing and gruesomely entertaining ideas. Junji Ito is a genius for using these in his work- it was disgustingly creepy. I don't understand how after the spirals had affected everyone around Kirie- even her father and brother - they refused to move out of the town. Plus, when a new short story began, the old incidents seemed to be completely forgotten. Nobody seemed perturbed and it kinda disturbed me. I think there should have been different narrators for each story. By separating the incidents to the lives of different people, the readers can overlook the inconclusive endings ((view spoiler)[I felt this strongly for "The Snail". I mean did the cycle just stop? Weren't they laying eggs? Couldn't there be more loitering about? (hide spoiler)] ). I may be living in a crazy world but if something dangerous happened around me, people would be freaking out before I could blink. Kirie literally got pissed at Shuichi, the only realistic and logical character in the mad town, just because he spoke some sense. She has some crazy luck too, always near death but never really so. When will she realize the peril? Actually every negative thing I mentioned disturbed me to some extent and if that was intentional, then I'm not complaining. That's what horror mangas are supposed to do :'3

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sakib

    Better than the first volume, way better... And creepier, full of weird ideas and perspectives to indulge oneself into the mystery of spirals; Junji Ito wrote some pages where he's investigating spirals between each volumes, as himself, and it looks like something's going on there too, the final volume will most probably be the entirety of this side-story. Some chapters were way weirder, specially chapters 8, 10 and 11. Chapter 7 and 9 were the weakest ones I think, somewhat pressed right up again Better than the first volume, way better... And creepier, full of weird ideas and perspectives to indulge oneself into the mystery of spirals; Junji Ito wrote some pages where he's investigating spirals between each volumes, as himself, and it looks like something's going on there too, the final volume will most probably be the entirety of this side-story. Some chapters were way weirder, specially chapters 8, 10 and 11. Chapter 7 and 9 were the weakest ones I think, somewhat pressed right up against the word "absurd", felt like the author ran out of ideas here... Chapter 10 and 11 totally gave me the cold feet-disgusting, bloody and borderline weird. After reading this, look at hospitals differently...(I mean here's where human body meets with humans-our body has so much horror to give, and so far most of the horror are related to the human body...) Be that as it may, the mothers use hand drills to do something-I-won't-say, which may look as an attempt to separate them from a legendary creature of the folklore; but afterwords, they don't (or need to) use hand drills, embracing the usual way of doing such things... The last chapter started another interesting point of view; it's ripples might end in the next volume. So, up next is volume 3... Here we go...(Who's we? Unlike Kirie, I don't have a partner, I don't need one... I face my horrors alone...)

  21. 4 out of 5

    Yash Sinojia

    This is even creepier and more messed up than the first one but it's a bit disorganized plotwise, more like a collection of short stories.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Nina

    .....the snail people

  23. 5 out of 5

    Keyona

    This one was just okay. Kirie's hair being so short in this book really threw me off at first. This one still had some creepy illustrations but not too many. Out of the six stories I probably enjoyed about two. The rest were just.....there. I wonder if the author is running out of "spiral ideas"? I'm now slightly worried the 3rd installment will be worse.

  24. 4 out of 5

    reanna ✰༄

    Well this was way more horrifying than the first one.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Gabi Oliveira

    okay. so. this is the stuff of nightmares. I think this second volume had way more impactful and grotesque images, but I felt the all-encompassing sense of dread and powerlessness...dimmed, somewhat, in favor of the adrenaline of horror. Which is also good! But I prefer the first, since it makes the horror seem even more scary. So yeah, there was many panels that I literally grimaced upon seeing, and I was more than disturbed, but the eeriness in the air was somewhat gone. Moreover, I feel like t okay. so. this is the stuff of nightmares. I think this second volume had way more impactful and grotesque images, but I felt the all-encompassing sense of dread and powerlessness...dimmed, somewhat, in favor of the adrenaline of horror. Which is also good! But I prefer the first, since it makes the horror seem even more scary. So yeah, there was many panels that I literally grimaced upon seeing, and I was more than disturbed, but the eeriness in the air was somewhat gone. Moreover, I feel like the characters, as characters, are suffering a bit. I mean, Suichi is fine, looks suitably traumatized, but Kirie... damn. That girl has seen some stuff, and yet she seems unfazed and unaffected when not screaming in the actual moment of terror. I know the horror is the focus here, more than the characters, but I care deeply about characters. I want to see her pain upon all the terrible things she's witnessed, her hopelessness, the way she copes. It feels so odd when all those nightmarish things happen to her and she seems fine and normal in the next chapter, like they didn't even happen at all. Suichi at least looks traumatized and paranoid, and the deep bangs under his eyes show he's Not Fine. There's none of that with Kirie, and seeing as we follow her along, it seems strange, how unaffected she is. Anyway. Rant done. I'll probably wait a bit to read the last volume, since I just binge read this and became kinda desensitized to all the horror. Read this if you want to have some nightmares about blood-sucking pregnant women and sentient storms (and let's not forget the suicidal stalker turned zombie!).

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kyle Warner

    The horror of the spiral continues in Volume 2 of Uzumaki. We return to the same town that's cursed by the spiral, a common shape in nature that’s gone wrong and twists the town’s reality into something horrific. In this volume we get stories involving snails, mosquitoes, a cursed lighthouse, and a hurricane with a crush. This is such a weird story. I’ve never read anything quite like it. I repeat what I said with Volume 1, in that the pace is often too fast to build much tension. However, the id The horror of the spiral continues in Volume 2 of Uzumaki. We return to the same town that's cursed by the spiral, a common shape in nature that’s gone wrong and twists the town’s reality into something horrific. In this volume we get stories involving snails, mosquitoes, a cursed lighthouse, and a hurricane with a crush. This is such a weird story. I’ve never read anything quite like it. I repeat what I said with Volume 1, in that the pace is often too fast to build much tension. However, the ideas and the images present in Uzumaki are so out there that they stick with you and maybe they even haunt you a little bit. I like Volume 2 more than Volume 1 because the stories told here are more mature, less silly (well, the hurricane that falls in love with a girl was kind of silly, but it was also somehow one of the most intense stories in the series). Writer/artist Junji Ito just keeps coming up with fresh new ways to distort the real world, resulting in some freaky body horror and other downright nasty imagery. I really like Uzumaki and would definitely recommend it to comic and manga fans looking for something in the horror genre.

  27. 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.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Fatima Farzeen

    Creepier and weirder than the first book. Some scenes in this one were just stomach-churningly disgusting while others made me gag. The book was a bit messed up, as though the author ran out of good spiral ideas and the story sort of lost its rhythm. I don't get one thing, why don't the main characters leave the town? Why don't they run away from this madness infested town where every other day some bloody freaky things happen? I am hoping for the answers in the third volume. About time the auth Creepier and weirder than the first book. Some scenes in this one were just stomach-churningly disgusting while others made me gag. The book was a bit messed up, as though the author ran out of good spiral ideas and the story sort of lost its rhythm. I don't get one thing, why don't the main characters leave the town? Why don't they run away from this madness infested town where every other day some bloody freaky things happen? I am hoping for the answers in the third volume. About time the author explained some stuff. Again, if you are into reading creepy stuff, this manga series should be right up ya alley.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Xara Niouraki

    This manga is just getting worse so I'm dropping it. I got to the story of the snails but after reading that I just can't keep on reading. The stories are just stupid and they make no sense at all. This manga is not scary. It relies on images that try to make you feel revulsion. This is not the first manga I've read so that doesn't work on me anymore. I just roll my eyes and hope it will get a story. it doesn't so I won't read anymore.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Roberta

    The second volume is even better than the first. I do love a nice horror story and this one is upsetting enough to make me wanna read more. I have to wait until tonight for the third chapter and the climax, I hope I won't be disappointed

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