Junji Ito Anime Gets Website and New Title

One month ago, I posted a story about a new anime series that would be based off the work of horror manga legend Junji Ito (Gyo, Uzumaki). Today, new news has come out that reveals the series, which is now officially titled Junji Ito Collection, will be coming out in Winter of 2018. This information comes from the official teaser website, which can be seen here.

The anime is being produced by Studio Deen (Patlabor, Haunted Junction, Vampire Knight, Hell Girl) while Shinobu Tagashira (Diabolik Lovers) will be the director and character designer.

Tagashira writes, “My dream has turned into my goal, then a miracle happens. Now I am able to make anime adaptations of the manga series that I have fell in love since my teenage years by my own hands. I have already imagined how I should animate them in various ways. I am a truly happy person that I can see it really happening. I want to express my gratitude everyone who has supported me. I’m looking forward to working with the anime staff members. And I would like to ask continued support from the fans of the manga series who are looking forward to the anime. I will do my best to take the passion and spirits that Ito-sensei put into the manga into the anime as well and to create a good horror story.

Ito himself states, “This time, a dream-like situation that my horror manga is adapted into a TV anime has happened. When I was a child, I dreamed of anime adaptations of the manga works by Kazuo Umezu, Shinichi Koga and Hideshi Hino, then I even made a flip book by myself based on some highlights from a work of Hino-sensei. I think director Tagashira had the same kind of feeling that I had in my childhood when she launched this anime project. I have already seen her concept visual and her love for the manga was surely conveyed. I am already burning to see the completed anime. Please looking forward to it! Finally, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to director Shinobu Tagashira who launched this wonderful project, and to all of the members of the production committee who have worked so hard!

A concept visual from the site, which was drawn by Tagashira, can be seen below. Many thanks to CrunchyRoll for the information and translations!

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Jonathan Barkan

Lifelong horror fan with a love of music on the side.

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