It’s true; we’re getting an anime adaptation from the master of horror manga, Junji Ito, and the PV was released! According to ANN, the anime is adapting stories from Ito’s 11-volume Itō Junji Kessaku-shū (Junji Ito Masterpiece Collection) and his Fragments of Horror book, though wich stories have not been specified.
The anime is titled Junji Ito: Collection and will premiere on Tokyo MX on Sunday, January 7th at 10:00 pm.
Let’s start by analyzing the key visual:
From left to right, we see: Fuchi (“Fashion Model”), Toru Oshikiri (“Oshikiri Idan”), Tomie (Tomie series), Sōichi (“Sōichi” series), The Intersection Bishōnen (“Shibito no Koiwazurai”), and Yūko (“Namekuji Shōjo”). But rather sadly, apparently some of the characters appearing in the key visual above may not appear in the series.
I think it goes without saying that Junji Ito scares the sh*t out of me. If you don’t remember, Junji Ito is the man who was supposed to design the monsters in the now-canceled Silent Hills video game. After hearing praises about Ito from Guillermo Del Toro and Hideo Kojima, I started reading his works. I came to one conclusion:
If there was a monster responsible for creating nightmares, it would have lost its job to Junji Ito a long time ago.
For some reason, horror and anime is not a popular combination. I seriously cannot believe how few scary anime exist. And that is so sad. Animation is limitless—you can do anything in anime! Horror and anime should be inseparable, and yet, they’re like distant cousins. I need more terrifying anime. And I might be a tad presumptuous in saying this, but after this Junji Ito anime, we may not need another scary anime.
And if you think you’re ready, here’s the promotional video.