The animated adaptation of Junji Ito’s Uzumaki has been delayed until October 2022. News broke of the delay through the official Adult Swim YouTube Channel. A message from Hiroshi Nagahama, the Director of the Uzumaki anime, explained the situation surrounding the delay. Additionally, the video includes a short preview of what the adaptation will have in store for viewers. [Thanks, Collider!]
In the video, Director Hiroshi Nagahama explains that COVID-19 has had a huge impact on the anime industry in Japan. Therefore, the current situation surrounding COVID-19 has had an impact on the production of Uzumaki. Nagahama states that due to this, they had to “restructure their plan from the start.” He does mention that he feels like the production is finally coming together. Additionally, he apologizes to the audience for the delay and asks for their patience for just a bit longer.
You can watch the full statement along with a preview of the Uzumaki anime adaptation below.
The clip itself is relatively short, but provides a look into how Production I.G. will adapt this classic horror manga. Additionally, Nagahama mentions that Production I.G. is using twice as much staff on Uzumaki in comparison to other properties they have worked on. He also mentions that the team is currently working their hardest as to not disappoint fans of Junji Ito.
The Uzumaki anime will now air on Adult Swim in October 2022 due to a delay. The Uzumaki was originally slated for a 2021 release.