Junji Ito Maniac Anime Opening Showcased

Junji Ito Maniac

It may be spooky season this October, but that feeling might follow some into next year. Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre will debut on January 19, 2023 on Netflix. The streaming service began airing a new video preview for the anime series. The clip shows off the Junji Ito anime opening sequence, a montage of clips from the series, and the names of some key staff.

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The Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre anime opening is set to the song “Paranoid” by Madkid. Madkid’s music also appeared in the Rising of the Shield Hero adaptation.

First announced in June 2022, Junji Ito Maniac is an anthology-style anime series that will adapt twenty stories from Ito’s oeuvre for the first time. The stories are drawn from his manga volumes like Tomie, Soichi, and The Hanging Balloons. Shinobu Tagashira, who directed Junji Ito: “Collection” (another anime anthology), will Direct Maniac. Collection‘s scriptwriter Kaoru Sawada will also write the scripts. Composer Yuki Hayashi will provide the music, with sound direction by Hozumi Goda. Like Collection, the Maniac series is being animated by Studio DEEN. DEEN also produced anime series like Hozuki’s Coolheadedness, and Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju.

Here’s a list of the stories confirmed to appear in the series so far, courtesy of ANN.

  • Bullied
  • Headless Statues
  • Ice Cream Bus
  • Intruder
  • Library of Illusions
  • The Hanging Balloons
  • The Long Hair in the Attic
  • The Room With 4 Walls
  • The Strange Hikizuri Siblings: The Séance
  • Tomie: Photo
  • Tombtown
  • Undendurable Labyrinth
  • Where the Sandman Lives

Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre premieres on Netflix worldwide on January 19, 2023. Many Ito manga are available in English via Viz Media.

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