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Uzumaki Review

 

Uzumaki cover art

Uzumaki cover art

Uzumaki by: Junji Ito

208 Pages

4Q – 3P – S – G

Grades 9-12

 

Original: Japan, 1998 by Shogakukan, Inc.

English: America, 2001 by Viz Media LLC.

Uzumaki is a manga book for older teens chronicling a series of strange events that occur in a seaside Japanese town called Kurozu Cho.  The manga is narrated by a former resident and the main protagonist: Kirie Goshima.  She’s an average high school student until a series of terrible events consumes her life.  The manga’s first story follows the “gruesome” tale surrounding the deaths of Shuichi Saito’s parents.  Shuichi is Kirie’s boyfriend and confidant.  The theme of “spirals” begins to emerge as the spiral symbol consumes Shuici’s father and mother in two separate psychological break downs which lead to the commission of strange acts of self-mutilation and their deaths.  Shuichi’s father literally bends his body into spirals in a large basket and Shuici’s mother succumbs to the visions she has of her late husband haunting and telling her all the places on her body that have spirals.  Her demise arises when she realizes that the human ear has a small organ that is spiral shaped.  She jabs scissors into her ears and suffers debilitating injuries that slowly kill her.  
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