Junji Ito’s Maniac to stream on Netflix in 2023
Netflix unveiled on Wednesday during Geeked Week a new developing series based on horror manga artist Junji Ito’s stories called Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre to debut in 2023.
The anime will have 20 stories from Ito’s various works which will be animated “for the first time” and Ito confirmed that the first stories to be adapted will be from Tomie, Souichi, and Hanging Balloons.
Ito previously revealed that his Itō Junji Kesssaku-shū (Junji Ito Masterworks Collection) manga collection has a new anime project in the works which features some of Ito's more famous works and has 11 total volumes, published between 2011-2013.
Tomie is Ito’s first published work which originally appeared in 1987 and has since been adapted into a live-action series and was even set to appear on Quibil, though it never materialized.
Meanwhile, Souichi is one of Ito's most famous characters, while Hanging Balloons is a story meant to reflect suicidal urges and mass hallucinations.
Junji’s first work to be adapted into anime is his 2001 supernatural horror manga Gyo adapted by Ufotable into an animated film in 2012, while the “Junji Ito Collection”, an animated anthology of shorts, was released in 2018.
Uzumaki manga is also inspiring a separate upcoming anime adaptation to be shown in a four-episode mini-series which will premiere on Toonami. However, it was originally slated for 2020 before it premiered in Japan but was delayed to 2021.
Unfortunately, it was again delayed to October 2022.
Viz Media has also published Uzumaki, Tomie and Gyo as well as Ito's Fragments of Horror, Frankenstein: Junji Ito Story Collection, and Smashed: Junji Ito Story Collection in English.
Ito's announcement was part of Day 3 of Netflix Geeked Week, which included a Masters of the Universe announcement and a closer look at Cyberpunk: Edgerunners.
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