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Horror manga artist Junji Ito announces 'Maniac' anime adaptation for 2023 on Netflix

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.

Junji Ito on Netflix

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:

Character designs for Tomie | PHOTO COURTESY: Comic Natalie

And below are initial character designs for Terumi Fujino from The Hanging Balloons:

Character designs for Terumi | PHOTO COURTESY: Comic Natalie

Additional details regarding the anime will be revealed on a later date.

Source: Junji Ito: Maniac official Twitter, official website, Comic Natalie




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.


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