You may not remember but Adult Swim and Production IG announced an anime based on the Junji Ito horror manga Uzumaki would be coming out in 2020. Obviously, it’s been delayed to 2022 due to the Covid-19 pandemic but there is a silver lining in this later release. Junji Ito himself will be making an appearance in the anime.
The Uzumaki Official Twitter posted a new video on Christmas showing the popular horror mangaka coming into the studio.
Merry Christmas🌀 pic.twitter.com/frgwKjDsx7
— UzumakiAnime (@UzumakiAnime1) December 24, 2021
The video bleeps out Ito’s lines as they say that they cannot reveal which character he is playing yet.
Junji Ito is well known for his beautifully drawn horror manga with Uzumaki being one his most well-known. It’s the story about a small Japanese town called Kurouzu-cho that slowly becomes enveloped in supernatural events involving spirals (which is what ‘Uzumaki’ means in Japanese).
The anime will be a four-episode long special and will be drawn in a black and white style that mirrors the original manga.
Before Uzumaki, Junji Ito’s work has received anime adaptions in the past including anime adaptions of Gyo: Tokyo Fish Attack (2012) and Junji Ito Collection (2018). Neither was well received.
The Uzumaki anime will premier on Adult Swim’s Toonami block in October of 2022. Adult Swim has been working with anime studios to make quite a few original anime including the Blade Runner anime and the upcoming Shenmue The Animation.