Get ready to be spooked with Netflix’s new horror anime short stories compilation series by Junji Ito. While Netflix is creating milestones in the true crime genre, it’s also experimenting with its anime catalog. The streaming platform’s official anime Twitter account recently unveiled a poster and release date for Junji Ito’s horror story collection Maniac: Japanese Tales Of The Macabre.
Netflix’s Maniac Will Adapt 20 Short Horror Stories
With Studio DEEN in charge, to date, the series has revealed details of four stories apart from two others revealed earlier that will be a part of the collection. The first story, Ice Cream Truck will have Ryotaro Okiayu, Sara Matsumoto, and Takatsugu Chikamatsu as the cast. The second story, Tomb Town has M.A.O, Aya Uchida, and Ryohei Kimura as the cast.
Other cast members include:
Library Vision-Third Story
- Tomoe Hanba
- Yuki Kaji
Headless Statue-Fourth Story
- Takashi Kondo
- Fumiko Orikasa
Netflix previously revealed that the series will also have The Hanging Balloons and Tomie Souichi as a part of the collection. More so, the anime series has a total of 20 stories with a potential for future anime adaptation.
When Will Maniac: Japanese Tales Of The Macabre Premiere?
The series is being directed by Shinobu Tagashira who also serves as the character designer at Studio DEEN. Maniac’s scripts are penned by Kaoru Sawada with music by Yuki Hayashi. As revealed by the streaming platform, the series is slated to premiere worldwide on January 19, 2023.
it's a new spooky piece of key art for Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre!
joining the tales are four more Junji Ito classics: "Ice Cream Truck," "Tomb Town," "Library Vision," and "Headless Statue" pic.twitter.com/xCQFfOWueQ
— Netflix Anime (@NetflixAnime) October 14, 2022
As per CBR.com, Junji Ito is popular for other creepy tales like Gyo and Uzumaki. He is undoubtedly a big name in the anime horror genre. The creator is also prominent for his exceptional storytelling abilities. His skills in transforming common everyday aspects into a terrifying plot are something anime fans look forward to. His artwork has also garnered critical acclaim, especially given how detailed and elegant the depictions are.
Junji Ito’s Lovesickness Beats Spy x Family Anime
In 2022, Ito’s latest anime Lovesickness: Junji Ito Story Collection bagged the Eisner for Best U.S. Edition of International Material-Asia award. Not just that, the anime successfully beat Spy x Family, Kaiju No. 8, and Chainsaw Man in the race. Ito also received a nomination for the Best Artist/Writer award. Before Junji’s latest Netflix anime premieres on the streaming platform, fans can get a taste of his talent with Uzumaki.
While the anime adaptation hasn’t yet premiered, fans can read the manga on Viz Media. It has a total of 3 volumes with English translations available for horror anime fans. The anime series will premiere on Adult Swim and is licensed by Warner Bros. Television. However, no particular release date is announced for the series yet.
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