Junji Ito's Maniac Anime Project in Development at Netflix for 2023 – Anime Trending News

As part of Netflix’s Geeked Week announcements, the streaming service has announced that a new Junji Ito anime project is currently in development for a 2023 release date. The project, fully titled Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre, will adapt 20 of Ito’s horror short stories into the anime format for the first time. 

The new anime series from the horror manga artist will adapt stories featuring his most iconic characters, including Tomie, Souichi, and Terumi Fujino from The Hanging Balloons. In the video, Ito provides background and development information about each of those characters, as well as his drawing process. He promised that future announcements will be made about which stories will be adapted into the show. 
Production staff and information about the animation studio have yet to be announced. 
Ito’s works have been previously adapted into multiple live-action films. One of his first works, Tomie, inspired a 1998 live-action Japanese film adaptation which spawned a franchise of different sequels and remakes. Other live-action adaptations of his works include Long Dream, Kakashi, Uzumaki, and Love Ghost
His stories have also been made into anime adaptations, such as the 2018 anime anthology series Junji Ito Collection, which adapted several of his short stories and was co-produced by Crunchyroll, and Gyo: Tokyo Fish Attack. His latest anime series will be the upcoming Uzumaki mini-series, directed by Hiroshi Nagahama and co-produced by Production I.G USA and Adult Swim. The series is set to broadcast in October 2022 after a production delay due to COVID-19. 
Source: Netflix Geeked


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