Uzumaki, one of Junji Ito’s most iconic works, is getting an anime adaptation that absolutely should include these five bizarre moments from the manga.

Uzumaki is one of Junji Ito’s best known works outside of Japan outside of Tomie, which the latter has a successful film and television franchise in Japan. The story of Uzumaki chronicles the daily life of high school student Kirie Goshima and her boyfriend Shuichi Saito as their lives literally run out of control in the cursed seaside town of Kurouzu-cho (Black Spiral Town). While Uzumaki received a live-action movie in 2000 starring Eriko Hatsune and Fhi Fan, it was also a loose adaptation that did not fully capture the spirit of Ito’s manga.

We don’t know how many Uzumaki The manga will be adapted in the upcoming four-episode anime adaptation, given that there are 20 story chapters to adapt (19 actual chapters, plus a bonus prequel). While the anime remains for a year – which will begin in October 2022 – there are five bizarre moments from the manga that need to be incorporated into the anime to fully grasp the extent of Kurouzu-cho’s horror. These moments range from subtle to absolutely horrible.


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The girl with the moon scar


Uzumaki gets off to a terrifying start with Shuichi’s parents driven insane by Kurouzu-cho’s spiraling curse, but things only get worse from there. One of the most frightening incidents that happens very early in the manga involves Kirie’s classmate, Azami Kurotani. Hailing from the nearby town of Midoriyama-shi (Green Mountain City) – which is in all respects the opposite of Kurouzu-cho – Azami was already in some ways cursed. With her last name Kurotani meaning “black valley”, Azami had a moon shaped scar on her forehead that took a life on her own.

In the chapter in which she appears, Kirie befriends Azami and quickly learns that she is able to attract boys effortlessly. Rumor has it that the moon shaped scar on her forehead had magical properties, but in reality she was taken over by the city’s spiraling curse. When she first meets Kirie’s boyfriend, Shuichi immediately recognizes that she has been cursed by the Spiral and tries to stay away from her. This causes Azami to become obsessed with Shuichi to the point where she manipulates another classmate into getting him out. As she succeeds in her plan, Azami’s scar turns into a spiral that ends up devouring herself and the classmate she has manipulated.

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Large human snails


Another way Kurouzu-cho’s spiral curse manifests in Uzumaki is by random human beings who mysteriously transform into snails. This happened to another Kirie classmate – an obese boy named Katayama – who was too slow to get to class, which led to him being bullied by another classmate named Tsumura. Over time, Katayama gradually turned into a snail, but the curse did not end with him. Eventually, Tsumura also turned into a snail, apparently as punishment for his bullying.

When Tsumura and Katayama in snail form mate, they lay eggs that their teacher, Mr. Yokota, attempts to destroy. It also turns him into a snail. Katayama, Tsumura, and Yokota aren’t the last to be turned into snails, however. In the last chapters of UzumakiAs the city grows more in the throes of disasters, more and more people, including Kirie’s little brother, Mitsu, are turning into snails. Human snails later become a food source for other surviving humans, an incredibly bizarre story we want to see in the Uzumaki lively.

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The black lighthouse


A seaside town story is never complete without a lighthouse horror, which Ito delivers in Uzumaki Chapter 9 titled “The Black Lighthouse”. At some point during Kurouzu-cho’s continuing horror, the town’s disused lighthouse begins to light up at dusk. The light emanating from it is so intense that people are starting to complain about its brightness. When the maintenance men come in to inspect the lighthouse, they never come back.

At one point, Kirie’s little brother and his friends take an interest in the lighthouse and decide to investigate it themselves. Although Kirie warned her brother and his friends of the danger of the lighthouse, curiosity still got the better of them. When Kirie enters to retrieve her brother, she quickly learns of the gruesome fates that have befallen the maintenance men. While Kirie manages to get her brother and some of his friends out, one of the children does not come out alive and is burned by the intense light of the lighthouse.

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Mushroom-shaped placentas


Uzumaki peaks in horror when Kirie finds herself hospitalized due to the lighthouse incident. The hospital she finds herself in presents its own horrors when pregnant women start murdering other patients with blood drills. The phenomenon is linked to the infestation of mosquitoes in the region, which causes pregnant women to consume human blood in order to maintain their pregnancies. When babies are born, more horror follows.

One of the first things that is wrong with newborns is that their tummies start to swell, as if they are pregnant themselves. Both male and female babies are affected. This horrifies Kirie, who ends up tripping down stairs and injuring herself again, causing her to spend more time in the hospital. When fed mushrooms, she notices that they taste more like meat than mushrooms. When Kirie goes to investigate, she quickly learns that the mushrooms she ate were placentas that emerged from both pregnant women and newborns. These placentas with their umbilical cords attached took the form of fungi.

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Sensitive typhoons


The last horrific event of Uzumaki That puts the entire Cursed City on a downward spiral of death is the arrival of sentient typhoons – which we really hope to see in the anime adaptation, too. The first storm to arrive ends up stalking Kirie when she goes to deliver lunch to her boyfriend, who has since become a recluse. This means that even when Kirie was staying at home, the Eye of the Storm hovered over her house.

The storm does not dissipate until after being engulfed by the city’s dragonfly pond, but things don’t end there. Other typhoons arrive to finish destroying the city, but they too are consumed. This attracts the attention of various reporters from out of town who have traveled to investigate the strange weather events. When they get there, however, they quickly find they can’t get out and are trapped in the madness of the destroyed city.

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