It’s been years since we got an update on Adult Swim’s adaptation of Junji Ito’s horror manga Uzumaki; and though that’s a huge bummer for anyone looking forward to it, Netflix has got fans covered with their own adaptation of Ito’s work.
Watch the anime opening of Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre:
Though Uzumaki is considered to be one continuous horror story, Maniac is going to be an anthology series, drawing from several of Ito’s most celebrated work. We have several short stories that will be adapted, and we’ll also be meeting some fan-favorite characters like Tomie.
Admittedly, Ito’s work has been having a hard time making its jump to anime, but the author has managed to get fame online for his disturbing and creepy manga alone. Not only do his stories have some horrifying visuals, but they also have some unique Japanese roots, and they’re almost always centered on some beautiful young women.
Though Uzumaki is still considered to be Ito’s most popular work, I think there’s still a lot of his signature style when it comes to Maniac.
The genius Junji Ito has long been at the forefront of the Japanese horror manga world. Featuring a selection of 20 macabre masterpieces brimming with his original worldview and fascinating characters drawn in his stunning style, including popular titles such as “Hanging Balloon” and fan-favorite characters Tomie and Soichi, this animated series will totally immerse viewers in the maniacal charm of Junji Ito.
Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre starts streaming on Netflix on Jan. 19, 2023.