Now coming on Netflix in January 2023 is the horror anthology ‘Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre’!
Even though the 2022 anime season is only getting started, new anime for 2023 is already being confirmed, and what we’ve seen so far has us pumped up for what’s to come!
Not only are new anime seasons, such as Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2, Classroom of the Elite Season 3, and Dr. Stone Season 3, confirmed for 2023 release, but new anime series, such as Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre, have also been confirmed.
Netflix customers will be treated to a devilishly delightful and horrifying animation horror anthology from legendary Japanese author Juni Ito to kick off the new year.
Twenty of his stories will be adapted for one of Netflix’s scariest anthologies to date and that too as an Original!
And here’s everything we need to know about Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre!
When and Where to Watch Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre?
Netflix has confirmed that on January 19, 2023, ‘Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre’ will premiere on Netflix worldwide.
The series is going to be a Netflix exclusive so don’t miss out on this one!
The release of the trailer revealed that Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre is coming to Netflix on Thursday, January 19th, 2023 however, the current trailer is age restricted.
What is the plot of Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre?
An ONA of Junji Ito Maniac: Tales of the Macabre which had yet to be adapted has now been confirmed and will adapt 20 of Junji Ito’s stories, including “The Strange Hikizuri Siblings,” “The Long Hair in the Attic,” “Unbearable Labyrinth,” “The Bully,” “Den of the Sleep Demon,” and many more!
The production of the series is being handled by Studio Deen, the same studio behind other popular anime titles such as Fate/Stay Night, KonoSuba, and Seven Deadly Sins.
What stories will be adapted for Junji Ito: Japanese Tales of the Macabre?
In total it has been confirmed that there will be a total of 20 stories that will be adapted into episodes of Japanese Tales of the Macabre. Some of these stories we can expect to be included are;
- Black Paradox
- Dissolving Classroom
- Venus In the Blind Spot
- Demon’s Voice
- Layers of Fear
- Return of the Hanging Balloons
- Soichi Possessed
Who exactly is Junji Ito?
Junji Ito was born on July 31st, 1963 in Nakatsugawa, Gifu, Japan, and grew up to become one of the world’s most renowned horror manga authors.
Much of Ito’s work was influenced by his early exposure to occult horror films from the 1970s, Kaiden ghost stories told by Rakugo storytellers, manga, and painful childhood experiences.
Tomie, possibly Ito’s most renowned story, was inspired by the death of a fellow classmate. The concept that someone he knew had mysteriously vanished from the world was bizarre to him, and he kept expecting his classmate to emerge.
Some of his other works, such as Gyo, were inspired by his parents’ WW2 experiences and the attack scenes in Steven Spielberg’s Jaws.
Dream was inspired by a dream dialogue he had with his sister, while Slug Girl was inspired by Ito pushing his tongue around in front of a mirror and thinking it looked like a slug.