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Junji Ito Announces New Netflix Adaptation “Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre”

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Junji Ito Announces New Netflix Adaptation "Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre"

One square I’ve managed to finally mark on my horror fan bingo card is checking out the work of the foremost horror mangaka, Junji Ito. From the incredible Uzumaki to his numerous short stories, not to mention his adaptation of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s Frankenstein, Ito’s body of work has made him the touchstone of weird comics. Earlier this week during their “Geeked Week,” Netflix Geeked brought in the legendary storyteller to get the streaming world excited for a new visual adaptation of his work.

Twenty of Ito’s stories will get the small-screen treatment as part of Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre, with three of his works already earmarked for adaptation. “Hanging Balloons,” which deals in mass hallucinations and suicidal tendencies, as well as Tomie, Ito’s first publication from 1987, and Souichi, a collection of tales about a mischievous boy, will also see adaptation, though which stories from these compilations will feature in Maniac has not been announced formally.

Ito then goes on to break down the inspirations for the aforementioned tales, as well as share some of his sketches of the characters, giving us a look into his twisted concepts before they’re properly inked in manga form. He points out that the eyes are the most important part of portraying what a character is really thinking, and upon seeing his early sketches of Souichi, he’s definitely onto something with that claim.

Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre is slated for exclusive release on Netflix in 2023. See the full announcement from Junji Ito and Netflix Geeked below:

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