I love Manga’s and have been reading them for a long time but let’s be honest, as a hobby it’s an expensive one. So I’ve decided to split the series between those I think are worth saving up for & those I’d personally wouldn’t recommend.
worthwhile investing in
Author: Junji Ito
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
Volumes: 3 (available as omnibus edition)
Series Rating: 4 Stars
Kurôzu-cho, a small fogbound town on the coast of Japan, is cursed.
According to Shuichi Saito, the withdrawn boyfriend of teenager Kirie Goshima, their town is haunted not by a person or being but by a pattern: uzumaki, the spiral, the hypnotic secret shape of the world. It manifests itself in everything from seashells and whirlpools in water to the spiral marks on people’s bodies, the insane obsessions of Shuichi’s father and the voice from the cochlea in our inner ear. As the madness spreads, the inhabitants of Kurôzu-cho are pulled ever deeper into a whirlpool from which there is no return!
Admittedly when you explain that the town is cursed by spirals this sounds more confusing then horror. Uzumaki starts with each chapter being an individual story about someone being consumed by spirals. They become obsessed by them, sometimes driven mad or taken over by the very thing that is causing their downfall. And they don’t see it.
Kirie is the constant in this book. Her boyfriend and family also guide the reader through the events as the inhabitants and town begin to crumble. Towards the end of the story the chapters become one narration instead of the individual stories at the beginning.
Uzumaki is subtle horror. The obsession people have with spirals and what they will do, especially at the end of this book is what makes it unnerving.
not worth it…
Title: Butterflies, Flowers
Author: Yuki Yoshihara
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
Series Rating: 1 Star
Choko Kuze is the sensible daughter of a venerable family who went bankrupt. She joins a real estate company as an entry-level office worker, but her eccentric boss is harder on her than anyone else in the company! After hearing him inadvertently call her “milady,” she realizes he was the young servant boy she knew as a child. At work he’s a tyrant, but after hours he insists on treating her like a lady of the nobility. Is romance even possible for a couple locked in such a crazy role reversal?
Filling this under ‘wtf was I thinking’. I tried book one a few months ago but didn’t get it, but I thought maybe second time round it would be better. I managed 2 volumes but I do not get Butterflies, Flowers (story, characters, etc) at all.
Honestly I want to give this more stars because the artwork is ok but I feel overruled by the story pretty much killing any appreciation.