Whenever you need to foil little children up into a corner, you need to call out the name Junji Ito. Or at least so for those who are familiar with this legendary award-winning Japanese Mangaka. There’s a recent Anime named Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre. What is this Netflix series about?
Junji Ito is a revered horror author/illustrator. Having won multiple awards for his contribution to the horror literary and artistic collaborations. Ito has not worked on a singular series tremendously. And by this, I refer to the fact that he’s known for putting out multiple short stories.
On second thoughts, it does seem viable to put out short stories if one’s primary theme of artistic work revolves around the horror genre.
Junji Ito Netflix Series: What is it about?
The Anime series is a Netflix exclusive, meaning that Netflix owns its distributing rights and is its sole distributor at that. The Tales of Macabre is actually the showrunners’ handpicked collection of certain Junji Ito works.
Although he has his own Junji Ito Horror Collection manga released, this series does not adapt that book faithfully.
What is the nature of each of the episodes of the Junji Ito Netflix Series?
The nature of the Junji Ito Netflix Series is anthropological. Meaning that each episode adapts a specific short story by Junji Ito. So far, the Anime has adapted about 20 of Ito’s actual manga works.
One story that stands out
- One of the Episodes includes Tomie, which is often referred to in the Manga community as the defining work of Ito sensei. You might be taken back to know the oddities and overall horror that surround Ito’s work.
- I mean, there’s this certain sense of impending doom that portrays his otherwise taintless horror mechanisms. Tomie for one example is a story revolving around a girl who drives all who admire her into a frenzy.
Is Gyo featured in this Junji Ito Netflix Series?
Another example in which his works really shine bright may be attested to Gyo. It is originally a two-volume manga that depicts a sentient evolved bacteria called ‘death stench’ that parasitically takes over fish. Wreaking havoc in both the aquatic and animal biomes.
- If you’re curious regarding whether Gyo has been featured in the Junji Ito Netflix Series, sorry to not disappoint you, but you can find a full-feature animated film based on that work.
- Gyo: Tokyo Fish Attack was released 9 years ago, and is animated by reputed ufotable studios.
This is a reason why Gyo (Which is Ito’s most nominated work) did not reach the Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre series.
All the Junji Ito Manga Short Stories that are adapted in the Netflix Series
Following is a list of all the short stories Manga by Ito that was adapted into the Netflix Series.
The Strange Hikizuri Siblings
The Story of the Mysterious Tunnel; Ice Cream Truck
Four x Four Walls; The Sandman’s Lair
Intruder; Long Hair in the Attic
Mold; Library Vision
Layers of Fear; The Thing That Drifted Ashore
Unendurable Labyrinth; Bullied
Alley; Headless Statue
- Whispering Woman; Soichi’s Beloved Pet
Each of these episodes features two short stories (names separated by a semi-colon). Although Tomb Town, Tomie, and Hanging Balloons occupy the entire episode.
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