Itou Junji: Maniac

Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre

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Japanese: 伊藤潤二『マニアック』
English: Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre
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Type: ONA
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 19, 2023
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Studio Deen
Source: Manga
Genres: HorrorHorror, SupernaturalSupernatural
Demographic: SeinenSeinen
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 6.651 (scored by 2474924,749 users)
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Ranked: #66752
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #3059
Members: 52,343
Favorites: 216

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The anime series will adapt 20 stories from a number of Itou's manga for the first time, including Tomie, Souichi, and Kubitsuri Kikyuu (The Hanging Balloons).

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Characters & Voice Actors


Tagashira, Shinobu
Director, Character Design
Gouda, Hozumi
Sound Director


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"Paranoid" by MADKID


Jan 23, 2023
US Netflix decided to add "Japanese Tales of the Macabre," as a subtitle for this series, however, not all of the stories presented are actually macabre. The stories in this anthology series tend to run more on the weird or wtf did I just watch (not derogatory) side of things, which sets it apart from Itou Junji: Collection, though sometimes you do run into some truly macabre stories. Going through each episode, sometimes it was obvious why whatever particular story hadn't been animated before because some of them seemed to lose something in the transition from manga to anime whether it was in terms of ...
Jan 27, 2023
Mixed Feelings
In case you want to watch only the worthy shorts, here's a review of each one of them with a summary if you want to watch all of them.

"The Strange Hikizuri Siblings": 3/10
I couldn't get into this one, too many annoying characters for an annoying plot, not the best to start with. At least we're immediately presented with more quality than the previous adaptations. The animation sometimes feels better, the colors are better, lights, movement, but yeah, not a good story.

"The Story of the Mysterious Tunnel": 4.5/10
Not a bad one, but can't reach being decent. It's just a little spooky story that crescendos with goofy ...
Jan 19, 2023
Do yourself a favor and just check out Ito’s manga. This adaptation is done by much of the same staff as the abysmal Junji Ito Collection and comes with all of the same problems. Everything feels so flat, bland, and careless that I could barely force myself to finish it. All of the detail and dread from the manga is gone, and we’re left with a subpar mess of an adaptation again. Feels like a cheap cash grab at best.

The shoddy animation undermines a lot of the payoff scenes, and the lack of detail is all the more noticeable when compared to the source ...

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