Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre Release Date, Cast, Plot, And Everything We Know So Far

Fans of Junji Ito, enjoy! His most well-known work, Uzumaki, is not only being authentically adapted for television, but Netflix has also decided to enter the fray with its take on his terrifying work. Twenty of Junji Ito’s short stories, some of which have never been translated for the film before, will be collected in a brand-new animated anthology series, Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre. According to Collider, the news was first made in June 2022 during Netflix’s Geeked Week. But further details regarding the series have surfaced in the last two months.

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Fans of Junji Ito’s writing will no likely recall that an anthology has been attempted before. The style of the new Netflix series was similar to that of The Junji Ito Collection, which was first published in 2018 and adapted a pair of short stories into an anthology. The brief series, however, received harsh criticism for failing to adequately convey the utter fear that permeated Ito’s original inked panels. Here’s hope Netflix can achieve something akin to how faithfully adapted Uzumaki is turning out to be.

We currently have information on Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre listed below.

Cast

  • Romi Park as Kiko Hikizuri
  • Tomoko Kaneda as Colon
  • Yûki Kaji as Gorô Shirasaki
  • Takahiro Sakurai as Kazuya Hikizuri
  • Yoshimasa Hosoya as Kôichi
  • Hiro Shimono as Oshikiri
  • Tomokazu Sugita as Tachi
  • Kaito Ishikawa as Umi Hirohara
  • Lynn as Rei Minoru
  • Yôko Hikasa as Chiemi
  • Mao Ichimichi as Kaoru Yoshikawa
  • Fumiko Orikasa as Rumi
  • Sayaka Senbongi as Eri
  • Hiroyuki Yoshino as Kimata
  • Hisako Kanemoto as Sayoko
  • Chika Anzai as Kuramoto
  • Ryohei Kimura as Tsuyoshi Yoshikaw
  • Yû Shimamura as Noriko

What is The Release Date Of Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre?

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The series is set to launch on January 19th, 2023, officially. Uzumaki, Junji Ito’s other major animated work, was originally scheduled to be released in October 2022 but was postponed to ensure the highest quality product possible. Maniac appears to have been released on time, based on the most recent key art.

Who Is The Director Of Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre?

Shinobu Tagashira, the director and character designer from the previous Junji Ito “Collection” TV anime, will also return to work on this new adaptation. Kaoru Sawada, on the other hand, will return as the scriptwriter.

Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre | Opening & Official Clip | Netflix

Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre | Official Clip | Netflix

What is the Plot of Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre?

As previously stated, this new series will be an animated horror anthology covering a wide range of Junji Ito’s stories. Twenty stories will be adapted, with only a few given official titles: “The Hanging Balloons,” “Souichi,” “The Long Hair in the Attic,” and a few others. It remains to be seen whether these stories will be linked thematically or narratively.

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If you’re still getting familiar with Junji Ito’s work, you should know that a few characters appear in multiple stories. Tomie, a beautiful woman with a dark secret, is undoubtedly the most well-known. Her beauty is so intense that it drives people insane, lulling them into violent acts or whatever she desires. She will return in pieces if you try to kill her, multiplying and mutating into horrifying abominations like a mutated worm. Given the character’s popularity, with multiple appearances in several animated and live-action adaptations, we can expect, at the very least, a cameo from her.

Another recurring character who appears to have gotten his own short is Souichi. Souichi, a creepy boy with a severe iron deficiency, is well-known for his maliciously childish antics involving the occult and self-taught black magic. He is frequently seen chewing and sucking on iron nails as a result of his deficiency, giving him the appearance of a vicious piranha. His stories are dark comedies, as his plotting frequently backfires on him.

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