Uzumaki (Japanese: うずまき, lit. “Spiral”) is really a seinen terror manga series written and illustrated by Junji Ito. Hunting as a sequential from the weekly manga magazine Big Comic Spirits from 1998 into 1999, the figures were published to three bound volumes by Shogakukan and released from August 1998 to September 1999. In March 2000, Shogakukan published an omnibus edition, followed closely by another omnibus variation in August 2010. In North America, Viz Media serialized an Englishlanguage translation of this show in its own yearly magazine Pulp in February 2001 to August 2002. Viz Media then published the volumes from October 2001 to October 2002, with a re-release in October 2007 on February 2008, also published a hardcover omnibus edition in October 2013. The show tells the story of the taxpayers of Kurōzu-cho, a literary city that is plagued with a supernatural curse between spirals. The story for Uzumaki originated when Ito attempted to write a story about people living in a very long terraced house, and he was motivated to work with a spiral shape to accomplish the desired span. Ito believes the terror of Uzumaki is effective because of its subversion of symbols that are favorably portrayed in Japanese media, and its own subject of protagonists fighting against a mysterious force stronger than themselves.