The events in the manga "Uzumaki" by Junji Ito is being narrated by Kirie, the protagonist implying that she has somehow survived the spiral apocalypse.

Since I have only read the translated version, I am not sure if the native version has said anything about Kirie and Shuichi surviving the spiral apocalypse.

Does the native version somehow explain how Kirie is able to narrate the whole event or how has she survived?

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    TV Tropes' "Posthumous Narration" page (obligatory time-sink warning!) describes Kirie as being "only technically alive" as of the end of the manga. I haven't read it myself, so I can't elaborate further and don't feel comfortable making this an answer. As the trope name suggests, however, it's not uncommon for a fictional character to narrate events that they did not ultimately survive.
    – F1Krazy
    Jul 28, 2020 at 18:25
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    I've also read the translated version by Viz. I think they died since they became part of the spiral.
    – W. Are
    Jul 28, 2020 at 22:43
  • @F1Krazy I find that a bit depressing because I am a sucker for happy endings. Anyway. Jul 29, 2020 at 5:09

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Kirie: Shuichi... what do we do now?
Shuichi: Kirie... I can't run away any longer. Leave me here. You have to keep fighting. I think son this curse will be over.
Kirie: I can't run any more either. I'm staying with you.
*Their arms spiral together*
And with the spiral complete a strange thing happened... Just as time had sped up when we were on the outskirts, in the center of the spiral it stood still. So the curse was over the same moment it began, the endless frozen moment that I spent in shuichi's arms. And it will be the same moment when it ends again... when the next Kurozu-cho is built where the ruins of the old once lay. When the eternal spiral awakes once more.

- Uzumaki, Chapter 19

Ignoring the words we know three things:

  • Both Kirie and Shuichi become spirals at the heart of the spiral curse.
  • We know they didn't escape the spiral apocalypse as they became spirals.
  • We don't know if they didn't survive (are dead) as they looked like they were alive when we last saw them.

Reading the ending we know:

  • Technically they don't/can't die because time is frozen.
  • They become spirals for the rest of eternity.

narrated by Kirie, the protagonist implying that she has somehow survived the spiral apocalypse.

This seems like an incorrect assumption. Stories don't have to follow 'logic', such as there being a spiral curse. However the narration is in the present tense and we can easily assume that this is the story Kirie was writing (to memory) or would have written had she not succumb to the curse.


Yea but we saw her at the start telling us that she's going to talk about the strange events that happened in her hometown, if the writer wanted it to be a memoir he wouldn't have included a picture.

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