Twenty of Junji Ito's popular works are getting animated on Netflix.
By: Nicole S. Castro on June 09, 2022 at 10:09 PHT
In a video announcement with Netflix Japan, famous horror manga author Junji Ito announced that 20 of his major works will be adapted into an anime called Junji Ito: Maniac which will premiere on Netflix worldwide in 2023.
Among the 20 of his works revealed for animation include: Tomie, The Hanging Balloons, and the Souichi series (Souichi's Diary of Delights and Souichi's Diary of Curses).
Junji Ito (伊藤 潤二) is a Japanese horror mangaka. His work has developed a substantial cult following, with some deeming him a significant figure in recent horror iconography.
Some of his most notable works include:
Tomie: A series chronicling an immortal girl who drives her stricken admirers to madness
Uzumaki: A three-volume series about a town obsessed with spirals (nominated for an Eisner Award in 2003 and 2009)
Gyo: A two-volume story in which fish are controlled by a strain of sentient bacteria called "the death stench."
Below are some of Ito's initial character designs for the anime adaptation of Tomie:
And below are initial character designs for Terumi Fujino from The Hanging Balloons:
Additional details regarding the anime will be revealed on a later date.
NICOLE S. CASTRO
Nicole is based in the Philippines and works as a freelance Japanese Translator/Interpreter and copywriter (English). She is a JLPT N2 passer who watches anime to "study" for N1. She has a long career history on LinkedIn (with primary focus on media and translation), but her anime watchlist is much, much longer.