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Okinawa was the first affected; swarms of fish with spindly legs rose from the sea, carrying with them an overpowering stench of death. Kaori and Tadashi find themselves in the midst of the incident and quickly travel to Tokyo to ask for Tadashi's scientist uncle's help - but even Tokyo isn't safe for long, and sea creatures aren't the only beings affected by the horror...
In the seemingly-normal small Japanese town of Kurozu-cho, odd events are beginning to take place. Residents are becoming obsessed with spiral - whirlwinds, snail shells, pottery, or anything with a spiral design. But when strange events start happening in the town, with spirals appearing in disturbing places, can anyone escape their horrible draw?
Two horror series from the same twisted mind that kept me awake for hours dwelling on what I had just read. Twisted tales of terror that are far detached from reality, keeping you on your toes every step of the way.
Uzumaki and Gyo are by the same mangaka and it shows. Each takes a completely ridiculous concept and makes it creepy/disturbing (your results may vary, I found both a bit campy). They also have identical art styles (understandably), and a few similar themes (when does a person stop being considered so?).
Gyo and Uzumaki are both twisted and grotesque horror stories made by the same mangaka, and it shows. Survival in the mids of a twisted and unreal kind of crisis is the theme in both manga. If you "enjoyed" the way one of these manga were told, definitely check out the other!
Uzumaki and Gyo are both works from Junji Ito, and while normally being by the same mangaka isn't reason enough to rec two things together, in this case it is. If you've read either of these and love the twisted horror of it, then go pick up the other now! With edgy artwork and bizarre, unsettling plotlines, if you like one you'll enjoy the other.
Gyo and Uzumaki are the children of Junji Ito, a prominent and successful horror manga artist. Gyo takes an unassuming animal and turns it into a nightmare, while Uzumaki takes a town and incorporates a symbol/shape-- the spiral, or uzumaki -- into all the bizarre and terrifying events that are popping up in the town more and more frequently. Both take a seemingly harmless bit of every day life and twists and molds it so that it will fill the reader full of dread whenever they come across it again in real life (fish in Gyo and swirlies in Uzumaki ) . Both mangas also take a sharper turn for the weirder with each new chapter.
A bloated man with bloodshot eyes wanders to a crowded intersection in Tokyo, blankly staring into the distance before blood explodes from his eyes and his body, killing him on the spot and splashing many onlookers, including a student named Akari. Who was this man, and what killed him? Discovering the mystery behind the body may prove to have deadly consequences not only for Dr. Onotama, but also all of Japan...
Hated by humans and demons alike, Cat Eyed Boy wanders from place to place, with terror following him wherever he goes. Whether it’s witnessing the tale of a boy who tortures insects, a man who just won’t die, a meatball monster or an ugly boy who wants revenge on the girl who scorned him, Cat Eyed Boy finds himself in a variety of horrific situations in which he’s often cast as a scapegoat. From battling with the Band of Hundred Monsters to trying to save a village from grotesque tsunami summoners, Cat Eyed Boy will see the darkness of the human spirit and the consequences of interfering with the spirit world.
In the future, humanity has destroyed the world’s plant and animal life out of greed and consumption. Meat is biologically created from animal cells to eat, and little remains of what used to be the environment. However, when a mutated, engineered chicken breast morphs into a sentient, vengeful being and human children begin to be born with green hair and spots, it becomes clear that mankind’s fate is anything but secure…
While Kazou Umezu's stuff doesn't normally make me think of Junji Ito, Fourteen definitely reminded me of Gyo. Both are horror series with very grotesque artwork and creatures, and likely will make you gag more than you'll say 'awesome!' If you liked one, definitely give the other a try.
Terror comes in many forms, as a variety of unfortunate people are soon to find out. From a girl who is terrified of butterflies due to her mother's death to a supernatural warlord out for revenge, to a frightening mirror doppelganger and beyond, many lives are touched by horror and fright.