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Cover of Uzumaki, vol 1
Genre Horror
Written by Junji Ito
Published by Shogakukan
English publisher Viz Media, USA
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Big Comic Spirits
English magazine Pulp, USA
Original run 19981999
Volumes 3
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Uzumaki (うずまき?, lit. Spiral) is a three-volume horror manga written and illustrated by Junji Ito. The manga was serialized in Shogakukan's Big Comic Spirits. Viz Media published the manga in english and serialized in their Pulp magazine. The manga tells the story of the citizens of Kurôzu-cho and mysterious events involving spirals. The manga was adapted into two video games for the WonderSwan and a live-action film directed by Higunchinsky.


The story revolves around the inhabitants of the small fictional Japanese town of Kurôzu-cho that is cursed by supernatural events surrounding spirals. Many people become obsessed or paranoid about spiral shapes, which starts resulting in several gruesome deaths.



Uzumaki was written and illustrated by Junji Ito, and published by Shogakukan. The manga was serialized in Big Comic Spirits weekly magazine from 1998 to 1999 with a total of three volumes. The manga was published in English by Viz Media in 2001 and re-released with new covers in 2007. On August 30, 2000 Shogakukan compiled the series into a single volume.[1] Viz Media released this version on October 13, 2013 and dubbed it 3-in-1 Deluxe Edition.[2]

No. Japanese release date Japanese ISBN English release date English ISBN
1 October 1, 1998[3] ISBN 4-09-185721-3 October 6, 2001 (1st ed.)
October 16, 2007 (2nd ed.)[4]
ISBN 978-1-5693-1714-3 (1st ed.)
ISBN 1-4215-1389-7 (2nd ed.)
  • 01.The Spiral Obsession Part 1 (うずまきマニア:その1 Uzumaki mania: So no ichi?)
  • 02.The Spiral Obsession Part 2 (うずまきマニア:その2 Uzumaki mania: So no ni?)
  • 03.The Scar (傷跡 Kizuato?)
  • 04.The Firing Effect (窯変 Yōhen?)
  • 05.Twisted Souls (ねじれた人びと Nejireta hitobito?)
  • 06.Medusa (巻髪 Maki kami?)
  • Afterword
2 April 1, 1999[5] ISBN 4-09-185722-1 July 6, 2002 (1st ed.)
December 18, 2007 (2nd ed.)[6]
ISBN 978-1-5911-6033-5 (1st ed.)
ISBN 1-4215-1390-0 (2nd ed.)
  • 07.Jack-in-the-Box (びっくり箱 Bikkuri-bako?)
  • 08.Snail People (ヒトマイマイ Hitomaimai?)
  • 09.Dark Lighthouse (黒い灯台 Kuroi tōdai?)
  • 10.Mosquitoes (蚊柱 Kabashira?)
  • 11.Umbilical Cord (臍帯 Saitai?)
  • 12.The Storm (台風1号 Taifū ichi-gō?)
  • Afterword
3 November 1, 1999[7] ISBN 4-09-185723-X October 6, 2002 (1st ed.)
February 12, 2008 (2nd ed.)[8]
ISBN 978-1-5911-6048-9 (1st ed.)
ISBN 1-4215-1391-9 (2nd ed.)
  • 13.The House (鬼のいる長屋 Oni no iru nagaya?)
  • 14.Butterfly ( Chō?)
  • 15.Chaos (混沌 Konton?)
  • 16.Erosion (続・混沌 Zoku konton?)
  • 17.Escape (脱出 Dasshutsu?)
  • 18.Labyrinth (迷路 Meiro?)
  • 19.Completion
  • Lost chapter: Galaxies (番外編 Bangai-hen?)

Video games[edit]

Two video games were developed and published by Omega Mikotto for the Bandai WonderSwan. The first is titled Uzumaki: Denshi Kaiki Hen (うずまき 〜電視怪奇篇〜 Spiral -Power Vision Strange Edition-?) was released on February 3, 2000.[9] The second game titled Uzumaki: Noroi Simulation (うずまき 〜呪いシミュレーション〜 Spiral -Curse Simulation-?) was released on March 4, 2000.[10]

Live action film[edit]

On February 11, 2000, a live action adaption of Uzumaki, directed by Higuchinsky, was released in Japan. The film and manga have different endings due to the film being produced before the manga ended.


Uzumaki was nominated at Eisner Award for Best U.S. Edition of Foreign Material in 2003.[11] The Young Adult Library Services Association chose the first volume of Uzumaki for its top 10 Great Graphic Novels for Teens in 2009.[12] The manga was also included as one of the 53 Great Graphic Novels for Teens out of 154 titles that were submitted at the time.[13] Viz Media's Deluxe edition ranked #172 in Diamond's Top 300 Graphic Novels on October 2013 with a total of 784 copies sold.[14]

Theron Martin of Anime News Network gave the manga a B praising the artstyle and character designs including Viz Media's new cover design. However noted that some of the attempts at horror get too preposterous for their own good.[15] Sara Horrocks praised the mechanics that Junji Ito, "What makes Uzumaki such a strong work is how precise it is in it’s mechanics. It is meticulous in the way that a curse might be. [sic] It is a comic that knows how to let the beat build. It is functionally designed to work upon the reader’s own natural inclinations as a comic book reader–and use those as a mechanism to spread the madness of the book out into the reader. It is a book that creates a kind of feedback loop that sits in your brain long after you've shut the book and gone to bed. What makes it amazing is that it does all of this without relying on the kind of sublime dedication to the image that other great horror works do."[16]


  1. ^ "うずまき" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved 2014-04-12. 
  2. ^ "Uzumaki (3-in-1, Deluxe Edition): Includes vols. 1, 2 & 3". Viz Media. Retrieved 2014-04-12. 
  3. ^ "うずまき 1" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved 2014-04-12. 
  4. ^ "Uzumaki, Vol. 1 (2nd Edition)". Viz Media. Archived from the original on December 30, 2009. Retrieved 2014-04-15. 
  5. ^ "うずまき 2" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved 2014-04-12. 
  6. ^ "Uzumaki, Vol. 2 (2nd Edition)". Viz Media. Archived from the original on March 15, 2008. Retrieved 2014-04-15. 
  7. ^ "うずまき 3" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved 2014-04-12. 
  8. ^ "Uzumaki, Vol. 3 (2nd Edition)". Viz Media. Archived from the original on March 15, 2008. Retrieved 2014-04-15. 
  9. ^ "うずまき 〜電視怪奇篇〜" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2014-04-12. 
  10. ^ "うずまき 〜呪いシミュレーション〜" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2014-04-12. 
  11. ^ "Few Manga at Eisner Awards". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2014-04-12. 
  12. ^ "Librarians Honor Sand Chronicles, Real, Uzumaki, Japan Ai". Anime News Network. 2009-01-28. Retrieved 2014-04-12. 
  13. ^ "Great Graphic Novels for Teens". ICv2. 2009-01-29. Retrieved 2014-04-12. 
  14. ^ "Top 300 Graphic Novels Actual--October 2013". ICv2. Retrieved 2014-04-12. 
  15. ^ Theron Martin (2008-01-03). "Uzumaki GN1 review". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2014-04-12. 
  16. ^ Sarah Horrocks (2013-05-30). "The Horrific Mechanations of Junji Ito’s Uzumaki". Mercurial Blonde. Retrieved 2014-04-15. 

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