6 Manga Like Uzumaki [Recommendations]

The fictional town of Kurozu-cho is cursed by anything that is related to spirals. The residents of the town are affected by the spirals and no one knows what caused them and where they came from. These spirals manifest themselves through anything that has a relation to a spiral. Kirie and Shuichi, a young couple from the town, seek to escape this accursed town but the more they try, the more terrifying the revelations are. Just as the shape that it represents, the curse is seemingly endless, perpetually repeating itself over and over again.

Uzumaki is an acclaimed horror manga by Junji Ito. The manga is a whole new level of weird and beyond the comprehension of us. It takes a couple of re-reads before you start to realise what is actually going on. What makes this particular manga so enticing is due to its ability to capitalize on the basic human fear of the unknown. Not knowing what is going to happen next and keeping the readers in suspense is the quality that makes this manga so known. Of course, there are other manga out there which are just downright weird and that is what we are going to do today! Here's 6 more manga like Uzumaki!

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1. Ibitsu

  • Authors: Ryou, Haruto
  • Genres: Horror, Seinen
  • Volumes:
  • Published: Oct 2, 2009, to Jun 4, 2010

It is said in Tokyo that a girl in lolita clothing will approach you in the deepest depths of the night. She will ask a single question of which you are not supposed to answer. Acknowledging her would have her recognizing you as her big brother. This girl is a bad omen and her presence will eventually end in your death. Kazuki happens to be the next unfortunate lad in this manga. This mysterious girl starts to appear in his life each time more unusual than the last. However, this is merely the beginning and unknown to him is the horrors that lie ahead of him.

This synopsis of this manga series may sound like this weird and creepy urban legend that you tell around a campfire. Well, you're not wrong! If you find the synopsis weird already, the contents of the manga are sure to make you go 'what just happened?!?'. Ibitsu has the same level of the bizarreness of Uzumaki and not in a good way. Both share the same level of weirdness that repulses you but strangely leaves you wanting to read more.

2. Tales of the Unusual

  • Authors: Oh Seongdae
  • Genres: Horror
  • Volumes:
  • Published: 2013

Tales of the Unusual is an anthology manhwa. The series contains short and mysterious stories. These stories can range anything from a one-shot to spanning a few chapters. Generally, each story has a moral story to be told. However, the presentation and the story-telling is warped and twisted. A simple meaning to be conveyed may be told in just about the most unimaginable way possible!

What makes this series particularly good is that every story is just as interesting as the last! Usually, the stories have a central theme of karma and the consequences of your actions. There are supernatural elements to it like Uzumaki which broadens the perspective of the series, allowing for more creative (albeit twisted) progression. Don't be thrown off by the anthology tag, as you may just find yourself reading story after story. Even though some of it can be downright bizarre, we assure you that you will crave for more!

3. Doubt

  • Authors: Yoshiki Tonogai
  • Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Shounen
  • Volumes:
  • Published: Jul 12, 2007 to Feb 12, 2009

The cellphone survival game Rabbit Doubt requires players to band together in order to find a culprit hidden within them. The so called ‘wolf’ must be identified before he/she slowly eliminates everyone else. This game is the most trending game in Tokyo such that players often meet in real life as well. Yuu Aikawa is at a mixer for the game when he went to check up on one his intoxicated friends. He was knocked out and awoke in an abandoned building when the message ‘Rabbit Doubt, Start’ appeared on his mobile phone. It is apparent that he now must participate in the game in real life where death becomes the real thing.

Doubt, like Uzumaki, shares the same level of suspense and thrill. Both manga are able to create a fantasy world where things may seem unlikely to happen. Through this world, both authors are able to use the suspense to bring out horror. Both can be considered psychological thrillers, which keeps you at the edge of your seats. If you are a fan of psychological thrillers, suspenseful turn of events and unpredictable moments, then Doubt may just be the manga for you!

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4. Hyouryuu Kyoushitsu

  • Authors: Kazuo Umezu
  • Genres: Horror, Seinei, Sci-Fi
  • Volumes:
  • Published: 1972 - 1974

Shou Takamatsu is a troublemaker with an immature personality. His childlike nature also shows how obstinate he is on growing up. As he arrives in school one day, a mysterious earthquake strikes his school leaving everyone in a state of panic. As sudden as the earthquake appears, he and his friends have whisked away to a barren land. Facing the threat of food shortage and an unknown environment, Shou must give up his childish ways and adapt to the new environment or face imminent death. This is a tale of how a huge responsibility is placed upon the small shoulders of a small boy.

Similarly to Uzumaki, Hyouryuu Kyoushitsu has our protagonists in a distorted world where anything and everything can happen. Just like how nothing is conceivable in this wild landscape, so too are its inhabitants and their unpredictable nature. There are a lot of sudden developments and unforeseeable events that can make you question how the characters are able to remain sane. Truly, both manga expresses horror in an unconventional way that is unlike jump scares and gore. So if you think Uzumaki is an enjoyable one for you, take a look at this one too and you are sure not to be disappointed.

5. Tomie

  • Authors: Junji Ito
  • Genres: Horror, Supernatural, Drama
  • Volumes:
  • Published: 1987 - 2000

Tomie, the titular character of this series is a succubus like a woman. Not much is known about her except for her beauty mark below her left eye. Her charms and seductiveness can drive any man into an intense romance that compels them to fight against each other, often leading to brutal and fatal ends. Her existence is a curse upon any that meets her and even women are not spared from her powers. Over time, she is shown to be killed but yet revives mysteriously. Try as the might, the people that meet her can't rid themselves of her, leaving them at the mercy of her curse.

Yet another classic from Junji Ito. Tomie has the same bewildering effects of Uzumaki. Unlike Uzumaki, which is a continuous story, Tomie is presented in an arc by arc manner. Each arc features a different individual and shows their interactions with Tomie. As the chapters progressed, much more is learnt about Tomie and her existence. Both manga show just how Junji can turn his fantasy into something believable and shocking while keeping you reading to the end. We guarantee that if you liked Uzumaki, Tomie is sure to impress as it was one of his earlier works and perhaps one that sparked his niche in creating unimaginable horror.

6. Zashiki Onna

  • Authors: Minetaro Mochizuki
  • Genres: Horror, Psychological, Drama
  • Volumes:
  • Published: Jul 6, 1993

Hiroshi Mori is a mild-mannered college student who knows how to mind his own business. One day he bumps into a woman who was visiting next door. She dons a coat, has long flowing hair and quite large. Not much interaction was exchanged between the two and Hiroshi thought that that was the last he'd seen of her. Suddenly, this woman started to stalk Hiroshi without him knowing. Her original target, Hiroshi's neighbour was no longer on the list with Hiroshi taking it instead. He knows neither her name nor her intentions and just how long she planned on stalking him.

Here's another series that is sure to baffle you. If you are into short and insane horror stories, Zashiki Onna is another must read for you. Both Uzumaki and Zashiki Onna shares the element of horror and the suspense of waiting for the unknown to happen. Since you cannot tell what's going to happen next, the only thing left to do is to read on and let the full terror of the monstrosity envelope you. While the current moment may be fine and all, the next moment may leave you confused and even shocked!

Final Thoughts

That's all we have for similar manga like Uzumaki! Uzumaki is a horror series that is unlike traditional horror. It may be on the wild side since it pushes the boundaries of what can be compared to as normal horror. Some may even call it a fantasy tale gone wrong. Be it as it may, Uzumaki is a thrilling series to read and you might have even to re-read a page to understand what is going on! How are these 6 manga for you? Have you read any of them yet? Tell us what do you like about Uzumaki or any of the rest on the list if you have read it already! Until next time!

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Author: Araragi

Writing from a little island known as Singapore. It is through my articles that I want to show that the world of anime reaches out beyond the boundaries of Japan. From different age groups to individuals coming from different walks of life, everyone and anyone can be a lover of anime. To quote from Kingdom Hearts, 'There are many worlds out there, but they share the same sky.'

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