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Uzumaki Volume 2 by Junji Ito

The 2nd book in Junji Ito's "Uzumaki" Graphic Novel series

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Further down the spiral, or, a day in Kurozu-cho

  • Nov 20, 2008
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First of all, if you haven't read Uzumaki Vol. 1, then run out and pick it up first before reading about Vol. 2.

In Vol. 2, Spiral Into Horror, we see the further infestation of the little seaside town of Kurozu-cho. Stranger and stranger things begin to happen, proving to Kirie Goshima that her boyfriend Shuichi Saito is right about the town; it is infected with spirals.

With the chapters being a little more separated in this second volume, we have some very distinct adventures to wade through. First is a boy named Mitsuru who likes to "pop up" unexpectedly, earning him the nickname of Jack-In-The-Box. He develops a crush on Kirie, and goes out of his way to prove his love for her...and directly into the way of an oncoming car. He must really care for her, for even death cannot stop him from popping up to surprise Kirie.

In "The Snail" (my favorite story) a terminally slow boy comes to school only when it rains, and proves that if you are too slow, the spiral will catch up to you.

"The Black Lighthouse" tells of the sudden re-occurrence of light issuing forth from the previously abandoned lighthouse, but this is no ordinary light. Brighter and burning hot, it blazes out from the lighthouse in a twisted spiral of intense illumination.

"The Mosquitoes" and "The Umbilical Cord" do pretty much flow together. When Kirie is hospitalized after her incident at the lighthouse, she discovers the hypnotic effects of the lazily swirling mosquitoes that are infesting the town, and the odd behavior of the pregnant women who emulate them, including her cousin Keiko. When the babies are born, odd mushrooms and a strange doctor come into play, along with some of Junji Ito's more graphic illustrations.

The last piece, "The Storm", tells of a hurricane that sweeps over Kurozu-cho...and then sticks around for awhile. This chapter was particularly creepy in illustrating the extent to which this storm stretches itself in its search for none other than Kirie herself. Very weird.

Also mentionable is a funny "Afterward" depicting Ito's search for the secret of the spiral.

A great, and definitely more graphic, sequel to Vol. 1, Spiral Into Horror is a fast and absorbing read for even those who do not normally delve into Japanese Animation or graphic novels. Enjoy!

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review by . June 29, 2010
All in all, I would say that this is wonderful instalment, wetting the appetite for the final portion of the storyline. It does a lot to build on the first Uzumaki book, keeping the proverbial ball rolling without making it a boring spectacle. It isn't for the weak of heart of mind, however, and would only be recommended as bedtime reading to your children after you initially dose them with heaping helpings of horror movies and storylines to harden their soft pallets. O, and its in black and …
Quick Tip by . June 29, 2010
A surreal but beautiful experience
Quick Tip by . June 22, 2010
Incredible. Junji Ito seems to be able to take nightmares and put them to paper with incredible creativity. A must read if you enjoy Asian horror of any sort.
Quick Tip by . June 18, 2010
Scary as all get out!
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A sleepy town on the coast of Japan is under quiet, deadly siege, not by a person or group but by a primeval spiral shape whose victims include both parents of Shuichi Saito. In this second volume of the saga, Shuichi's girlfriend Kirie becomes further involved in the town's terrible secret when schoolmates start turning up as horrible human snails and something unspeakable is discovered within the walls of the local hospital.

About the Author
Junji Ito debuted as a horror manga artist in 1987 with the first story in his successful Tomie series. Uzumaki, drawn from 1998 to 1999, was adapted into a live-action movie, which has been released in America by Viz Films and Tidepoint Pictures. It's influences include the classic manga artists Kazuo Umezu and Hideshi Hino, as well as authors Yasutaka Tsutsui and H.P. Lovecraft.
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ISBN-10: 1591160332
ISBN-13: 978-1591160335
Author: Junji Ito
Genre: Japanese Horror , Graphic Novel
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC; 1 edition (July 6, 2002)
Date Published: (July 6, 2002)
Format: Paperback: 208 pages, Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.8 x 0.6 inches
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