Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales Of The Macabre Reveals New Trailer, 5 Additional Stories & Cast

The official website of Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales Of The Macabre unveiled a new trailer for the anime on Nov 18, 2022. The trailer previews scenes from Tomie.

In addition to this five new story titles that will be included in the anime have also been revealed, as well as more cast members involved in it.

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The newly announced stories and cast are:

  1. The Story of the Mysterious Tunnel
    • Shun Horie
    • Tomomi Mineuchi
    • Risa Mizuno
  2. Mold
    • Daisuke Hirakawa
    • Kousuke Okano
    • Ken Uo
  3. Layers of Fear
    • Lynn
    • Romi Park
    • Mina Kobayashi
  4. The Thing That Drifted Ashore
    • Kaito Ishikawa
    • Yuko Kobayashi
  5. The Back Alley

Other cast members include:

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  • Takahiro Sakurai: Kazuya Hikizuri (The Strange Hikizuri Siblings: The Séance)
  • Romi Park: Kiko (The Strange Hikizuri Siblings: The Séance)
  • Hisako Kanemoto: Sayoko (Unbearable Maze)
  • Yōko Hikasa: Chiemi (The Long Hair in the Attic)
  • Natsumi Takamori: Kuriko (The Bully)
  • Hajime Iijima as Shigoro (The Strange Hikizuri Siblings: The Séance)
  • Risa Shimizu as Narumi (The Strange Hikizuri Siblings: The Séance)
  • Ayaka Asai as Hitoshi (The Strange Hikizuri Siblings: The Séance)
  • Tomoko Kaneda as Misako (The Strange Hikizuri Siblings: The Séance)
  • Rie Suegara as Tomie (Tomie: Photo)
  • Yumiri Hanamori as Tsukiko Izumisawa (Tomie: Photo)
  • Taku Yashiro as Yamazaki (Tomie: Photo)
  • Tomokazu Sugita as Tachi (Tomie: Photo)
  • Hiroyuki Yoshino as Kimata (Tomie: Photo)
  • Riho Sugiyama as Kazuko Morinaka (The Hanging Balloons)
  • Daisuke Kishio as Shinya Shiraishi (The Hanging Balloons)
  • Iori Nomizu as Kagumi Fujino (The Hanging Balloons)
  • Yuji Mitsuya as Sōichi (The Room With 4 Walls)
  • Yoshimasa Hosoya as Kōichi (The Room With 4 Walls)
  • Yuka Saitō as Sayuri (The Room With 4 Walls)
  • Yutaka Aoyama as Tagaisu (The Room With 4 Walls)
  • Hiro Shimono as Oshikiri (Intruder)

Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales Of The Macabre anime will release worldwide on Jan 19, 2023, and exclusively distributed on Netflix.

Staff involved in the anime includes:

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  • Director/Character Design: Shinobu Tagashira
  • Screenplay: Kaoru Sawada
  • Music: Yuki Hayashi
  • Acoustic Director: Goda Hozumi
  • Production Studio: Studio Dean

The anime will consist of a total of 20 horror short stories from Ito’s works “for the first time” including stories from Tomie, Sōichi, and The Hanging Balloons manga.

In a previous announcement, the author revealed that a new anime project is in the works for his Itō Junji Kesssaku-shū (Junji Ito Masterworks Collection) manga collection. The manga collection includes some of Ito’s most well-known works and consists of 11 volumes published between 2011 and 2013.

Junji Ito is a Japanese horror mangaka. Some of his most notable works include TomieUzumaki, and Gyo. His other works include Itou Junji Kyoufu Manga Collection, a collection of different short stories holding a series of stories named Souichi’s Journal of Delights, and Junji Ito’s Cat Diary: Yon & Mu, a self-parody about him and his wife living in a house with two cats.

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Ito’s work has developed a substantial cult following, with some deeming him a significant figure in recent horror iconography.

Source: Official Website

© J.I./Asahi Shimbun Publishing, Junji Ito “Maniac” Production Committee

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