YMMV / Uzumaki

  • Base-Breaking Character: Chie Maruyama.
  • Broken Base: Just check the fanlore wiki page for this fandom; it has three opposing sides, two of which frequently argue with each other.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Reviewers of the manga have some very...interesting interpretations of some of the chapters. And whatever you do, don't mention Chie Maruyama.
  • Iron Woobie: Shuichi loses both his parents in gruesome ways, is ridiculed by the townspeople, stops eating and sleeping, is severely mentally ill, has only Kirie for support, is constantly forced to fight various supernatural Spirally things, and yet still keeps trying to help.
  • Love It or Hate It: The movie. The most common complaints are that the acting, special effects, and dialogue are very poorly done—and the most common positive comments are that the movie isn't as episodic as the manga and tries to draw all of it together into one plot.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Prior to their transformation to a mass of hedgerows, the refugees kicked out Kirie's family out of their very own place to make space. Also, Azami crosses it after trying to rape Shuichi.
  • Narm: The entirety of Chapter 6. It's a giant hair battle!
  • Paranoia Fuel: You may not want to eat cinnamon buns for a long time!
    • Which highlights another bit of paranoia: After a few chapters of Uzumaki, you'll start noticing the spirals all around you. Which is exactly how most of the characters start their "spiral obsession," which inevitably leads to madness, deformity, or death.
    • There is also a chance that if you used to be fond of snails, that fondness will stop. And if you, by accident, step on a snail or hurt it in any other way, prepare to slightly panic the following days if you see or feel an irregularity on your back (or just if you for some reason feel very slow or thirsty).
  • Ron the Death Eater: Shuichi is often depicted as a very standoffish and even abusive boyfriend towards Kirie, even in reviews of the manga, when in reality, he was just about the opposite.
  • Squick
  • Tear Jerker: The end of the movie. Kirie finally agrees to leave with Shuichi, only to find that her father is missing. As she and Shuichi search for him, Shuichi sees his legs twist together. He only has enough time to warn Kirie before he twists up completely and dies. Kirie is left sobbing and completely messed up, having lost the only two people she had left. And then Shuichi wakes up, apparently possessed by the spiral and now trying to harm her. In the manga, Shuichi's entire character arc.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: For some, the fact that the series spends most of its time in a chapter-by-chapter format with little or no continuity is a point of frustration.
  • Values Dissonance: In western culture, burying a body in the ground as opposed to cremation is very common. But in Uzumaki it plays with the Japanese thought of walking ontop of dead bodies directly beneath your feet in graveyards to be deeply unsettling.
  • What an Idiot: Jack-in-the-Box. "That's it! I saw something like this on TV! My love for you will STOP THIS CAR!"
  • The Woobie: Kirie, Shuichi, Kirie's family. Really, just about every named character who isn't a Jerkass. This is a Cosmic Horror Story, after all.