More information has dropped on Junji Ito’s new anime adaptation.
If you’ve even vaguely heard of horror manga, the chances are you’ve heard of Junji Ito. Known as one of the greatest horror mangaka of our time, with a career spanning 30 years (and counting), it’s surprising that more of his works haven’t been adapted for the animation market before now. 

More information has dropped on Junji Ito’s new anime adaptation

If you’ve even vaguely heard of horror manga, the chances are you’ve heard of Junji Ito. Known as one of the greatest horror mangaka of our time, with a career spanning 30 years (and counting), it’s surprising that more of his works haven’t been adapted for the animation market before now. Ito’s woks have previously inspired live-cation adaptations, most notably Uzumaki and Tomie, with an OVA version of Gyo in 2012.

Tomie, one of Junji Ito’s best-known recurring characters.

The upcoming adaptation, known as Junji Ito Collection will be based on both Ito’s Masterpiece Collection and more recent Fragments of Horror. Due to be directed by Shinobu Tagashira, director of Diabolik Lovers and two episodes of the Romeo x Juliet series, the details of which of Ito’s stories will be included had been kept under wraps. It’s hard to imagine the series being complete without at least a passing mention to Tomie, Ito’s cruel, beautiful immortal girl who often drives her admirers to madness and despair.

A new key visual, created by joint director character designer Tagashira, shows six characters from Ito’s words, including Fuchi (Fashion Model), Tohru Oshikiri (Oshikiri Idan), Tomie (Tomie series), Sōichi (Sōichi series), Handsome Man (Shibito no Koiwazurai), and Yūko (Namekuji Shōjo).

Fans new and old will have to wait until January 7th 2018 for the new anime to hair on Japan’s Tokyo MX. No news yet has been announced for if the series if being picked up by Crunchyroll for English reading audiences.

If you can’t wait for your next fix of Ito’s works, his recent manga adaptation of Osamu Dazai’s classic novel No Longer Human still doesn’t appear to have an official English translation, however Shiver, a new selection of stories, is due to hit the shelves in the UK from 17th December.

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