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Junji Ito is more in the spotlight than ever right now. Currently, he has two anime adaptations in the works. An adaptation of his all-time classic Uzumaki is coming to Toonami. Also, an anthology series doing anime adaptations of many of his stories called Maniac is coming to Netflix.
With all of this content, it would seem as though Junji Ito has his hands full and can’t possibly do more. But apparently, he can. A new terrifying tale from Ito got an announcement recently. Its title is The Liminal Zone, and its trailer teases some spine-chilling content.
Junji Ito: In Manga And Anime
On top of the anime content, Junji Ito is also releasing a new manga. The trailer came out across social media recently. It gives a release date, a cover, and a few shots of Ito’s beautifully horrifying artwork within the book. The Liminal Zone is a story collection. It contains four different stories, each of which covers a range of topics from the practice of “professional mourning” to Japan’s infamous suicide forest. The stories are Weeping Woman Way, Madonna, Slumber, and The Spirit Flow Of Aokigahara.
With Ito’s collaboration with Netflix coming out, this is a great time for the author to be releasing new short stories. Maniac is going to be a collection of anime adaptations of many of Ito’s greatest short stories. He’s been writing and drawing his terrifying tales for the better part of 30 years, so he has plenty of content to pull from. And now with The Liminal Zone there are even more stories for the show to use. The first season likely won’t use any from this upcoming manga collection. But hopefully, if the show is successful enough, we can see one of these stories brought to life in a future season.
Maniac and Uzumaki
Junji Ito has been a successful manga creator since the 90s in Japan. But his profile in the west has been greatly expanding in recent years. You can thank the increasing availability of English translations of his works and good old word of mouth. It’s only a matter of time before some of Ito’s most famous stories like Remina and Sensor get their own adaptations. Many of Ito’s adaptations from the past didn’t get the best reception, but hopefully that can change in a positive way in the future.
Uzumaki is releasing on Toonami in October of this year. Maniac is coming to Netflix sometime in 2023. The Liminal Zone is releasing on July 26th.