The official website of the upcoming Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales Of The Macabre anime dropped a new visual illustrated by the mangaka Junji Ito on Dec 23, 2022, in commemoration of the anime’s release on Jan 19, 2023.
The visual is a collaboration of Tomie, Soichi’s Pet, and The Hanging Balloons episodes from the anime, and features Tomie’s true self floating in the sky, and Soichi frightened by his balloon.
The website had previously revealed twenty titles that will be featured in the anime.
Cast members include:
- 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)
- Hajime Iijima as Shigoro (The Strange Hikizuri Siblings: The Séance)
- Risa Shimizu as Narumi (The Strange Hikizuri Siblings: The Séance)
- Ayaka Asai as Hitoshi (The Strange Hikizuri Siblings: The Séance)
- Tomoko Kaneda as Misako (The Strange Hikizuri Siblings: The Séance)
- Rie Suegara as Tomie (Tomie: Photo)
- Yumiri Hanamori as Tsukiko Izumisawa (Tomie: Photo)
- Taku Yashiro as Yamazaki (Tomie: Photo)
- Tomokazu Sugita as Tachi (Tomie: Photo)
- Hiroyuki Yoshino as Kimata (Tomie: Photo)
- Riho Sugiyama as Kazuko Morinaka (The Hanging Balloons)
- Daisuke Kishio as Shinya Shiraishi (The Hanging Balloons)
- Iori Nomizu as Kagumi Fujino (The Hanging Balloons)
- Yuji Mitsuya as Sōichi (The Room With 4 Walls)
- Yoshimasa Hosoya as Kōichi (The Room With 4 Walls)
- Yuka Saitō as Sayuri (The Room With 4 Walls)
- Yutaka Aoyama as Tagaisu (The Room With 4 Walls)
- Hiro Shimono as Oshikiri (Intruder)
- Shun Horie as Goro (The Story of the Mysterious Tunnel)
- Tomomi Mineuchi as Mari (The Story of the Mysterious Tunnel)
- Risa Mizuno as Koyama (The Story of the Mysterious Tunnel)
- Daisuke Hirakawa as Akaska (Mold)
- Kousuke Okano as Seiji (Mold)
- Ken Uo as Rogi (Mold);
- Lynn as Reimi (Layers of Fear)
- Romi Park as Narumi (Layers of Fear)
- Mina Kobayashi as Mother (Layers of Fear)
- Kaito Ishikawa as Wadatsumi (The Thing that Drifted Ashore)
- Yūko Kobayashi as Mie (The Thing that Drifted Ashore)
- Yuuto Suzuki as Ishida (Alley)
- Seiko Ueda as Shinobu (Alley)
- Shoko Nakagawa as Mayumi Santo
- Mie Sonozaki as Mitsu Uchida
- Tomoko Kaneda as Coron
Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales Of The Macabre anime will release worldwide on Jan 19, 2023, and exclusively distributed on Netflix.
Staff involved in the anime includes:
- Director/Character Design: Shinobu Tagashira
- Screenplay: Kaoru Sawada
- Music: Yuki Hayashi
- Acoustic Director: Goda Hozumi
- Production Studio: Studio Dean
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: Official Website
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