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5.0 out of 5 stars This is it ! The archetype of the horror graphic novel.
This should be studied by anyone who wants to learn about (illustrated) horror scripts. It's simply amazing how the guy manages to throw you into a story, that, if told in (any) other way you, you'd drop into the floor... laughing, I mean, come on... fish with legs ? what's creepy in that, you could say. However, the man rocks!, there are sequences of 3 pages, that shows...
Published on 14 Jun. 2004 by Jose Alves Goncalves

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3.0 out of 5 stars Don't expect Uzumaki 2
Gyo, for anyone who's hunted it down due it also being by Junji Ito - is, obviously, not Uzumaki. Other than a shared author and the fact they're both horror, they are almost entirely different.
One of Uzumaki's main strengths was it's slowly tightening noose of dementia, the slow disintegration of both reality and the sense of your own sanity. Read all three books...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is it ! The archetype of the horror graphic novel., 14 Jun. 2004
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This should be studied by anyone who wants to learn about (illustrated) horror scripts. It's simply amazing how the guy manages to throw you into a story, that, if told in (any) other way you, you'd drop into the floor... laughing, I mean, come on... fish with legs ? what's creepy in that, you could say. However, the man rocks!, there are sequences of 3 pages, that shows nothing but a "shhhhhh", and something moving fast across a room, and it's done with tons of suspense. The art's beautifull, the plot is so absolutely deep, for a so simple idea that I must say that this guy was born to do this kind os stuff. If you're into horror/suspense objects of art, you better get this, if you're not, get it anyway, you won't be disapointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Creepy, strange and a must for any horror reader!, 9 Feb. 2009
This review is from: Gyo: 1 (Paperback)
Gyo from the master of nasty horror manga, Junji Ito.

You might be familiar with Uzumaki. Gyo is equally twisted!! Follow Tadashi and Kaori as they try to get to the cause of the stench....of death! Filled with highly detailed grotesque artwork, you almost have to squint at its foulness...I mean creepy fish with legs? Even the sound effects of the fish creeping around are weird, gross and disturbing. Especially the gas..... You can almost smell it! A must for horror fans! Don't expect dense characterisation here, expect a high ick factor. You cannot beat a crazed scientists messing with germs and rotting fish......It really does creep you out.

Part of the Viz editors choice series.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars not uzumaki... but chilling never the less., 17 May 2004
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This review is from: Gyo: 1 (Paperback)
i'll be honest. i love uzumaki, and believe if is one of the most chilling reads around. if you haven't read it, stop now and buy all 3.
however, if you've hungry for some more toe-curling horror, then Gyo will not disapoint.
you will reconise Ito's talent for warping the human body into something truely foul. and you will feel the atmosphere seeping from the pages of this book (1 of 2).
ito's style and art have evolved and improved, and the second book (which finishes the tale prefectly) continues to impress.
it is a good read, and has my reckonmendations.
however, it is not uzumaki, and still suffers from chronically underdeveloped characters. that may seem harsh, and i have nothing but respect for the author, but after the genuis of uzumaki (all right, all right, i'll shut up about uzumaki now), it did not meet the standard.
it would still make a welcome addition to any comic-fan's libary though, enjoy!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Don't expect Uzumaki 2, 28 Dec. 2004
This review is from: Gyo: 1 (Paperback)
Gyo, for anyone who's hunted it down due it also being by Junji Ito - is, obviously, not Uzumaki. Other than a shared author and the fact they're both horror, they are almost entirely different.
One of Uzumaki's main strengths was it's slowly tightening noose of dementia, the slow disintegration of both reality and the sense of your own sanity. Read all three books of Uzumaki straight and you do feel more than a bit disturbed and deranged afterwards. Gyo's horror is of a different type altogether - in Uzumaki, the body-horror and what you might term 'grossness' was incidental to the monolithic psychological impact of it. Gyo aims firmly for the stomach rather than the head. Rotting fish, corpses, a disease that covers the body in pus-leaking buboes and causes endless belches and farts of toxic gases - it's all here. You may go 'Urghhh!' 'EEK!' and 'Ewww!' at the appropriate moments whilst reading it, but it doesn't have nearly the lingeringly deep, unsettling power of Ito's masterwork.
Secondly, Gyo's female protagonist Kaori is far weaker in both literary and personal terms than Uzumaki's Kirie Goshima - neurotic, shallow, whiny and generally irritating, eventually you find yourself wishing a legged shark would come and munch her. Generally, the characters seem blanker and less well thought-out than in Uzumaki - In Gyo, you get the impression that Ito wanted to deliver the gross-out shocks first and believable characters second, and find yourself not really caring what happens to them eventually.
In conclusion: Yeah, it's alright, but certainly don't buy it expecting another Uzumaki. And if you haven't read either, try Uzumaki first. You won't regret it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning horror, 7 Nov. 2003
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This review is from: Gyo: 1 (Paperback)
Junji Ito is really at the peak of his powers in this astonishing book. Deeply disturbing... no surprise when stenchy fish with spider legs ruin your romantic weekend! As ever Junji Ito's graphic line is terrific and his stories original.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nasty, gross and hard to put down!, 23 April 2008
This review is from: GYO (The Death Stench Creeps): Volume 1 (Paperback)
Gyo from the master of nasty horror manga, Junji Ito. You might be familiar with Uzumaki. Gyo is equally twisted!! Follow Tadashi and Kaori as they try to get to the cause of the stench....of death! Filled with highly detailed grotesque artwork, you almost have to squint at its foulness...I mean creepy fish with legs? Even the sound effects of the fish creeping around are weird, gross and disturbing. Especially the gas..... You can almost smell it! A must for horror fans! Don't expect dense characterisation here, expect a high ick factor. You cannot beat crazed scientists messing with germs and rotting fish...... Part of the Viz editors choice series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Crazy fish attack, 10 Dec. 2012
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Dead fish mounted on weird legs stalk the streets and smell really bad in this crazy Junji Ito manga. If you want to see dead fish attacking nearly naked women then this is the manga for you.
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