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?
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...
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.
Author Junji Ito
The plot of Gyo centers around the "death stench", a revolting smell first encountered in connection with creatures appearing to be the corpses of bizarre fish with scuttling, sharp metal legs. At first they appear merely as smaller fish, but later also as larger sea creatures such as sharks and even a whale.
The creatures are eventually revealed to consist of a small metallic, multi-legged structure with the carcass of a dead animal (and later, human) strapped on top. Germs infecting the rotting body produce a gas - responsible for the terrible smell that surrounds the creatures - that makes the metal construct move.
Later, it is found that the Japanese Army was researching germs that produce the death stench during World War II in a desperate effort to turn the tide of the war. Infection by the germ produced large amounts of foul-smelling gas from body tissue, and since infection quickly killed the test animals, walking machines were built to carry them farther, allowing them to reach and sicken enemy troops. Enemy planes sunk the ship carrying the prototypes for the walking machines, which ran entirely on the gas.
Underwater the machines have attached themselves to the fish and moved from the island to the mainland, attacking the humans. Later it is found that the death stench gas might have a will of its own, and that the machines are not man-made: the disease has apparently mutated to be able to construct the walkers from the metal hulls of sunken battleships.
One night, Hiroshi is bothered by incessant knocking coming from the hall outside his door. He sees a large, stringy-haired woman pounding on his neighbor's apartment door, though she leaves soon after. However, the next day the woman returns, and this time she seems to have her cold, frightening sights set on Hiroshi...
Uzumaki and Zashiki are both creepy, creepy titles. Admittedly Uzumaki is more of a fantasy tale, both will manage to weird you out big time.
Zashiki Onna and Uzumaki are both horror stories who gradually go from slightly creepy to downright scary. They start out giving you the feeling something is wrong, and only keep expanding that feeling. Out of these two, I enjoyed Uzumaki more, but for horror fans, both are very recommendable.
Both of these are very creepy horror manga. While Uzumaki is generally more developed and atmospheric, if you like the chilling feeling of one, you may well enjoy the other.
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.
Uzumaki and Cat Eyed Boy are twisted, grotesque tales of horror that will keep you hooked from start to end. Both also have an episodic slant with a bit of consistency with the characters. HIGHLY recommended.
Kei, a cynical and arrogant high school student, has minimal regard for others; so it's much to his surprise that when he's asked by his elementary school friend Kato to save a drunken bum laying on the subway tracks, he actually complies. However, no good deed goes unpunished, and they are swiftly decapitated by the oncoming train. Kei and Kato awaken in a nondescript room occupied by a black sphere and a variety of other people, and thus begins Gantz's game. In it, the players must face off against aliens in battles where death is inevitable and rewards are minimal. Unfortunately for them, this is just the beginning of their nightmare - at least, for those who manage to survive...
When reading Uzumaki I instantly thought back to Gantz. Both Manga include bizarre and disturbing scenes, and I find that the creatures in Uzumaki have a similarity to the aliens that are featured in Gantz. Both are great and interesting reads if you enjoy Gantz, I can assure that you will find atleast some enjoyment in Uzumaki, and vice-versa.
Itsuki Kamiyama is a young man in high school who is morbidly obsessed with murders and death; he even combs through the paper for new information about killings. One day when he notices his classmate Yoru and the scars on her pale wrist, he sees that she too shares his interest in death. Together, the two of them manage to solve a string of murders - not for any sense of justice, but rather out of curiosity. Yet, when does it get to be too much? And what happens when Itsuki stumbles upon a dark secret from Yoru's past?