The official website for Junji Ito’s anime anthology project titled Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales Of The Macabre anime revealed its cast members and titles from Junji Ito’s collection that will be included in the anime on July 15, 2022.
The five titles are: The Strange Hikizuri Siblings: The Séance (from Junji Ito Masterpiece Collection 4: The Love Affair of the Dead), The Long Hair in the Attic, Unbearable Maze, The Bully, and Sleeping Room (from Junji Ito Masterpiece Collection 5: A House with Deserters).
The cast announced includes:
- Takahiro Sakurai: Kazuya Hikizuri (The Strange Hikizuri Siblings: The Séance)
- Romi Park: Kiko (The Strange Hikizuri Siblings: The Séance)
- Hisako Kanemoto: Sayoko (Unbearable Maze)
- Yōko Hikasa: Chiemi (The Long Hair in the Attic)
- Natsumi Takamori: Kuriko (The Bully)
The website also revealed preview images of each titles from the anime.
The rest of the preview images can be found in the official website.
Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre is set to release exclusively on Netflix in 2023.
The anime will consist of a total of 20 horror short stories from Ito’s works “for the first time” including stories from Tomie, Sōichi, and The Hanging Balloons manga.
In a previous announcement, the author revealed that a new anime project is in the works for his Itō Junji Kesssaku-shū (Junji Ito Masterworks Collection) manga collection. The manga collection includes some of Ito’s most well-known works and consists of 11 volumes published between 2011 and 2013.
Junji Ito is a Japanese horror mangaka. Some of his most notable works include Tomie, Uzumaki, and Gyo. His other works include Itou Junji Kyoufu Manga Collection, a collection of different short stories holding a series of stories named Souichi’s Journal of Delights, and Junji Ito’s Cat Diary: Yon & Mu, a self-parody about him and his wife living in a house with two cats.
Ito’s work has developed a substantial cult following, with some deeming him a significant figure in recent horror iconography.
Source: Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales Of The Macabre Official Website