On October 26, 2022, the official website for Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre, the new anime based on the stories of horror manga artist Junji Ito, released a new video for the anime. Studio DEEN is producing and animating the anime, which will be released worldwide on Netflix on January 19, 2023.
This new video reveals the anime’s opening title sequence, which features MADKID’s song “Paranoid.” The video also included a short clip that revealed the cast and crew of the anime.
Shinobu Tagashira, who directed the Junji Ito Collection anime before, will return as director and character designer. Kaoru Sawada returns as a scriptwriter, while Yuki Hayashi composes the music and Hozumi Goda directs the sound.
The anime is an anthology series that will include 20 previously unanimated stories from Junji Ito’s body of work, all related to the shared theme of madness. The anime will feature stories from several of his books, including Soichi, Tomie, and The Hanging Balloons.
Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre was first announced in June 2022 during Netflix’s Geeked Week.
Junji Ito has also previously stated that an anime adaptation of his ‘Junji Ito Masterworks Collection’ (Itō Junji Kesssaku-shū) manga collection is in the works. This manga collection includes 11 volumes published between 2011 and 2013 and contains some of Ito’s most famous stories.
About Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre
The anime Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre will be released in 2023. It contains a selection of Junji Ito’s best horror works. Some stories include The Long Hair in the Attic, Bullied, Unendurable Labyrinth, and others. There are also stories from Tomie, Soichi, and The Hanging Balloons.