As part of their, Geeked Week event, Netflix revealed that they are working with popular horror mangaka Junji Ito to create a new anime based on his work called ‘Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre’.
This will involve classic stories based on his classic horror short stories. These include adaptations of works like The Hanging Balloons, Souichi, and Tomie. 20 stories will be featured in the first season.
This was all announced in a trailer featuring Junji Ito himself who goes over some of his inspirations for the works that will be included in the anime.
This is not the first time that Ito’s work has been adapted into an anime. Several of his manga were adapted into the 2018 anime the Junji Ito: Collection. This collection however was not well received by fans due to its subpar animation compared to their manga counterparts.
It should be noted that in the trailer Ito says that the 20 works in the first season will be adapted into anime “for the first time” implying that the stories featured in Junji Ito Maniac were not previously included in the Junji Ito collection.
One of Ito’s more well-known stories Uzumaki is also receiving a standalone four-episode anime adaption by Studio Drive, Production I.G, and Adult Swim.
Junji Ito Maniac will premier on Netflix in 2023