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Uzumaki, Volume 3 by Junji Ito

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The 3rd Book in Junji Ito's "Uzumaki" Graphic Novel series

Product Description  Kurozu-cho, a fogbound town on the coast of Japan, is haunted by a recurring pattern: a spiral manifesting itself in increasingly terrifying ways. In this third and final volume, the town is cut off from the outside by … see full wiki

Author: Junji Ito
Genre: Japanese Horror , Graphic Novel
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC; 1 edition (October 6, 2002)
Date Published: (October 6, 2002)
1 review about Uzumaki, Volume 3 by Junji Ito

Rot away, Live again, Here forever.....The Spiral Never Ends....

  • Nov 20, 2008
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Of the three Uzumaki volumes, this would be my least favorite. Having said that, if you have not read Vol. 1 & 2 yet, go pick them up and read them before continuing with this review.

Starting out with a great chapter called "The House", Kirie and her family are directed to one of the older, decrepit row houses to live in after the destruction of their home in the hurricane. But it is obviously an unclean home, for they all soon develop strange spiral shaped growths.

All the subsequent chapters seemed to all blend into one longer finishing story; a sort of downward...spiral...to the culmination of the town's fate. While things get stranger and the spirals squeeze the town even tighter into their deadly coils, I found the momentum of the storyline slowing down considerably, even though Ito goes way out into left field with whirlwind riders and weird time-phasing. To me, this felt more like grasping at straws than coming up with some of the ingenious manifestations of spirals that he dreamed up in Vol 1 & 2.

While I find the building of the spiral's invasion on a grand scale intriguing, and the fact that no one could leave the city or enter into the spiral useful, I was just left with the feeling that these problems could have been told in a more interesting fashion. Even with twisted, writhing bodies being my cup of tea, this aspect of the story seemed to occur suddenly and go nowhere while silly things like whirlwind riding was explored in its place. And the ending, while meant to be grand, left me feeling flat and a little cheated in that it did not elaborate and share more of the mystical discoveries Kirie and Shuicho "fall into".

Still, its worth picking up to complete the set, and I guarantee that when you next find snails in your backyard, you will fling them as far from you as possible. Enjoy!

Uzumaki Volume 3 by Junji Ito

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