Saturday, November 2, 2013

Uzumaki 1-3, by Junji Ito

Rating: 4/5, 4/5, and 3/5
Publisher: Viz Media
Source: Borrowed from family

Description: Shortly after Shuichi Saitos father becomes obsessed with spirals snail shells, whirlpools, and man-made patterns he dies mysteriously, his body positioned in the shape of a twisted coil. Soon, the entire town is afflicted with a snail-like disease. (from Goodreads)

Review: This manga demonstrates that one can make the most mundane things scary, or at least creepy, with a bit of imagination, an understanding of atmosphere, and a judicious use of horrific imagery.

There is quite a bit of horrific imagery, but its generally not particularly gory and the stories build toward it rather than throwing it in your face constantly.

Given it is a collection of short pieces that collectively build up towards an ending, rather than one direct story line, some of them work better than others.

The ending, unfortunately, is a bit disappointing. Its not bad, but it feels strange that this is what it was building up to. It also doesn't quite make sense with the beginning of the first story.

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