Originally published in 1998, Uzumaki (うずまき) is one of Junji Ito's best known manga series containing three volumes. It was published in English by Viz Communications in 2002 and again in 2007. In 2000 a movie adaption was released.
Kurozu-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 According to Shuichi Saito, the withdrawn boyfriend of teenager Kirie Goshima, their town is haunted not by a person or being but by a pattern: uzumaki, the spiral, the hypnotic secret shape of the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 small ways: seashells, ferns, whirlpools in water, whirlwinds in air. And in large ways: the spiral marks on people's bodies, the insane obsessions of Shuichi's father, the voice from the cochlea in your inner ear. As the madness spreads, the inhabitants of Kurouzu-cho are pulled ever deeper, as if into a whirlpool from which there is no return... (Source: Viz)
A high school student, and the main protagonist of Uzumaki. She lives with her father, mother, and younger brother Mitsuo. Her father is a well-known potter.
Kirie's childhood friend and boyfriend. He goes to school outside the town, and is the first to understand that the town of Kurôzu-cho is cursed by the spiral.
One of Kirie's classmates who has a crush on her and is frequently seen following her around.