YMMV: Uzumaki

  • Iron Woobie: Shuinchi lost both of his parents, is slowly going insane, and is attacked by supernatural monsters many times during the series yet still keeps trying to help
  • 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.
  • 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).
    • Computer thinking? Website or image loading? Refresh?
  • Squick
  • 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, her family, Shuichi
  • Undying Loyalty: Shuichi willingly stays in a town he knows perfectly well is doomed to a horriffic destruction. Why? Because Kirie didn't want to leave.
  • Mind Rape: According to the Uzumaki Wiki, Shuichi not only can see the future; he repeatedly has visions of the Spiral's attacks on the town forced into his mind.
  • Extreme Doormat: Shuichi in Chapter 15. An older man beats him and quite literally kicks him out of the row house. He makes no attempt to defend himself.
  • Dandere: Kirie and Shuichi.
  • Sentient Cosmic Force: The Spiral seems to have some level of sapience, as it was able to target specific people in some chapters knowing full well it was doing so, such as the hurricane in Chapter 12 that was in love with Kirie.