YMMV / Uzumaki

  • Designated Protagonist Syndrome: Many reviewers feel that this is the case with Kirie, whose publicity as a character is completely overshadowed by Azami—a character who only appeared for one chapter.
  • Extreme Doormat: Shuichi. His only reason for keeping himself alive (which he barely does anyway) is so that he can be with Kirie, protect Kirie, comfort Kirie, basically live for Kirie, and he frequently seems to treat himself as a resource or tool for her well-being. He also refuses to respond when other characters attack him, such as in Chapter 15.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Property of Love: Shuichi treats himself like a tool or resource for Kirie's use—not that Kirie in any way agrees with him over this. Maybe subverted by Kirie's concerned reaction.
  • 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 Just Didn't Care: The movie in general. To the point at which many people argue it's a slapstick comedy, not a horror movie.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Unequal Pairing: Kirie and Shuichi in both versions; in the manga, Shuichi acts submissive and reverent towards Kirie as he is weaker and in awful condition mentally and physically—while in the movie, Kirie acts submissive and reverent towards Shuichi as he is older and she believes him to be her protector and her second parental guardian since her mother died.
  • 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!"
  • Wife Husbandry: Arguably, Shuichi to Kirie in the movie, where he was at least six years older—subverted, however, as he was never officially her guardian, but he did claim that he would act as her mother when her actual mother died, and she does think of him as the second parent figure she never had as well as her Love Interest.
  • 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.
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