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An anime adaptation of Junji Ito's supernatural horror manga Uzumaki (Uzumaki: Spiral into Horror) was announced at his Crunchyroll Expo panel on Friday.

Hiroshi Nagahama (Mushishi, Aku no Hana) is directing the series at animation studio Production I.G, featuring musical score by Colin Stetson (Hereditary). The four-episode mini anime series will debut on Adult Swim's Toonami programming block in 2020, ahead of the Japanese premiere.

Synopsis
In the town of Kurouzu-cho, Kirie Goshima lives a fairly normal life with her family. As she walks to the train station one day to meet her boyfriend, Shuuichi Saito, she sees his father staring at a snail shell in an alley. Thinking nothing of it, she mentions the incident to Shuuichi, who says that his father has been acting weird lately. Shuuichi reveals his rising desire to leave the town with Kirie, saying that the town is infected with spirals.

But his father's obsession with the shape soon proves deadly, beginning a chain of horrific and unexplainable events that causes the residents of Kurouzu-cho to spiral into madness. [Written by MAL Rewrite]

Uzumaki ran in Big Comic Spirits from 1998 to 1999 and was compiled into three volumes. Shogakukan published two omnibus versions in March 2000 and August 2010.

VIZ Media serialized the manga in English in its monthly Pulp magazine between February 2001 and August 2002 and published the three volumes in October 2001-2002. The company later reprinted the series with new covers from October 2007 to February 2008 and released a hardcover omnibus in October 2013. The manga has also been published in multiple foreign languages.

A live-action film adaptation starring Eriko Hatsune, Shin Eun-kyung, and Fhi Fan opened in Japan in 2000.

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Official Twitter: @UzumakiAnime1

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Is this an actual horror series
Or just another torture porn series
 
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I was planning on reading the manga, but I guess I'll just wait for the anime.
 
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Holy shit is this real life? Uzumaki is getting an anime with a competent director and studio? Holy shit. And it looks like its gonna be done entirely in black and white trying to replicate ito's art style, which is PERFECT.

Nerdanimefan1992 said:
Is this an actual horror series
Or just another torture porn series
actual horror series, very minimal blood and gore, but lots of body horror and tackling phobias. Junji Ito's general claim to fame is how hes able to express a real sense of dread and tap into the things that make you uncomfortable, the writing itself isnt anything to write home about, hell half his stories get aborted midway through, but Uzumaki is one of his best works and if they can remotely capture the art he has its gonna be unnerving.
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Jizzy, I know you have no idea how to argue for shit,

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Jizzy as you would call yourself because youre a dick The most butthurt award goes to you And clearly you havent watched that many shows thats why you cant determine if a show is unique or not Or maybe you're just a child who likes common stuffs where hero saves the day and guys gets all the girls. Sad taste you have there kid you came up to me in the first place making you look more like a kid who got slapped without me even knowing it and start crying about it to me

 
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Yo! This shit is so hype! I never thought it would get one. I trust
Studio I.G. to do it justice.
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This looks a lot more promising than the previous adaptation of his works.
 
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I've never read the manga. It looks scary
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tfw Uzumaki gets an adaptation and Hyouryuu Kyoushitsu doesn't :(
 
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Yay, we need more Junji Ito adaptations! Considering how the manga looks like, this could also end up being really silly instead of scary, but still, I can't wait to see how it turns out.




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i'll be so happy if this doesn't end up being garbage
 
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I'm cautiously optimistic.
 
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Holy shit, I never saw this coming.
 
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One of the guys at toonami confirmed its going to all be black and white
https://twitter.com/Clarknova1/status/1167584297093455872

I heard someone on /a/ say they confirmed stuff is getting cut though, which I think all of us expected hearing its only 4 episodes, but I dont think thats really a bad thing theres a few stories in here that legit just dont fucking work and kill the atmosphere, like is anyone really gonna miss it if they cut the hair story, the spring guy, or the kids flying around and blowing away houses? As long as they dont cut the hospital which was fucking horrifying then im down. I half expect them to sort of abridge the stories together rather than straight adapt alot of em.

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Jizzy, I know you have no idea how to argue for shit,

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Jizzy as you would call yourself because youre a dick The most butthurt award goes to you And clearly you havent watched that many shows thats why you cant determine if a show is unique or not Or maybe you're just a child who likes common stuffs where hero saves the day and guys gets all the girls. Sad taste you have there kid you came up to me in the first place making you look more like a kid who got slapped without me even knowing it and start crying about it to me

 
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tfw Uzumaki gets an adaptation and Hyouryuu Kyoushitsu doesn't :(


I think the chances of a GOOD adaptation for Hyouryuu Kyoushitsu are even lower


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It'll never happen, but the fact we are getting Uzumaki somehow makes me hope one day we will get Hellstar Remina as a movie or something. I want badass hobo guy flying through debris animated.

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Jizzy, I know you have no idea how to argue for shit,

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Jizzy as you would call yourself because youre a dick The most butthurt award goes to you And clearly you havent watched that many shows thats why you cant determine if a show is unique or not Or maybe you're just a child who likes common stuffs where hero saves the day and guys gets all the girls. Sad taste you have there kid you came up to me in the first place making you look more like a kid who got slapped without me even knowing it and start crying about it to me

 
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Even if they cut the less important chapters (of which there are many) I still think 4 episodes is a little too few. These stories depend on building up the mood, you can't just rush them to fit more than one per episode. The last part of the manga alone (after things 'spiral' out of control) should take, at the very least, one and a half episodes. How are they gonna fit all that into 4 episodes? Unless they're double-lenght I don't see this going well.
 
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Uzumaki is my favorite work of Junji Ito's and I am fucking hyped.
 
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them staying black and white is making me somewhat optimistic.
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is this a male gender issure...human issue...mental illness perhaps?
 
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Never read something of Junji but i've heard about his work a lot. I'll be willing to give a try to this adaptation. It looks very cool looking, tho.
 
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Some real shin finally about to go down.
 
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How the hell are they gonna make this work?? I'm afraid
 
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I'm pretty hyped for this. Using an all black and white aesthetic could be a huge step in the right direction for adapting this, and other Junji Ito works, but we'll have to wait and see if its any good.
 
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Hype, looks good and interesting
 
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I just can’t ever get enough of Junji Ito’s awesome stuff! So yeah, I’m proper hyped and happy at this news! ^_^
 
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>4 episodes
Stopped reading right there. The black and white aesthetic looks unique at least.

 
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Damn, previous adaptations of Junji Ito's manga have been garbage. But this one shows a lot of promise, both competent studio and director. Style and music in the teaser are great. I searched the composer and he seems like a right guy for this kind of stuff.

 
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mm I'm actually surprised, the teaser doesn't look like total shit (didn't have any hopes up after the disaster that was the last junji ito adaption). Going full black and white was the right choice, and it looks like they're trying to replicate Ito's art style 1:1.

I'm not giving into the hype just yet, but I'll definitely keep an eye out for this. The music in the teaser is awesome though.




 
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Uzumaki is Ito's best manga and the adaptation seems to have potential so..
 
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here's hoping it will be better than Junji Ito's collection & Gyo.


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Seems pretty interesting, will definitely give it a go once it airs!
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All I can say right now is WOW. Please don't mess this up, Production IG...
 
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I remember completing this long ago. One of the wackiest manga I've ever read, but the second half was a borderline unintentional comedy with the exaggerated supernatural elements. Hope the adaptation can do it justice!
 
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thank you for sharing
 
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Sweet Jesus, one of his best series and one of my personal favorite! Can't fucking wait! <3
 
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It always interested me i didnt read the manga yet.....but
This I am happy about I cant wait to watch it!!!!!!!
 
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Oh, wow, I loved this as a kid! By which I mean it spooked the hell out of me! I'll have to check it out once it comes out.
 
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I really hate to get my hopes up over and Itou adaptation, because up until this point they've all been complete and utter shit. Junji Itou's stories are the kind that play directly on the strengths of his medium, and that's unfortunately never translated well into anime.

But with that said...

... I can't help but be a little excited about this. Uzumaki is actually the first manga I ever read, and it remains—by leaps and bounds—my favorite of Itou's catalogue. Are they actually sticking with 100% black and white aesthetics? Because that might just be what this series needs to truly fulfill the atmosphere of the story. And lastly: COLIN STETSON SOUNDTRACK?! Holy shit, dude. His work in Hereditary was unbelievable, and for anyone unfamiliar, it's genuinely one of the most frightening horror flicks of the 21st century. Anyway, yeah.. let's hope this one finally hits the mark and makes Itou proud.
 
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I always had this fantasy lingering in the back of my mind that Mushishi's director will be handling an Uzumaki adaptation if there ever is one. I'm really glad that it would now actually happen in real life. Thank you to whoever produced this adaptation for picking the most competent people out there to handle this show
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This is something I was never expecting to happen. I was planning to check the manga at some point but it seems I will give this adaptation a chance instead. The choice of the director and studio makes this really promising.
 
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Big fan of the manga but I doubt it will have a good adaption...



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Great, I've read it so long ago that I don't remember all the plot.
 
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I could never get into Ito's material because his artwork freaks me out, but I'm willing to give the mini-series anime adaptation a try.
 
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Holy shit. Never expect this one coming. I read it during my college time about five years ago, still my favorite Junji Itou's work. I just hope the anime isn’t bad. I’ll even take mediocre. Eh, nah. Be good.

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Great, I've read it so long ago that I don't remember all the plot.


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Not a fan of Ito but I'll be watching this!



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Praise the spiral. Seriously This is the first Junji Ito work I've read and it seems the anime might keep the same aesthetic to the manga. I'm kinda hyped but I have heard that his previous works got butchered.
 
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I really hate to get my hopes up over and Itou adaptation, because up until this point they've all been complete and utter shit. Junji Itou's stories are the kind that play directly on the strengths of his medium, and that's unfortunately never translated well into anime.

But with that said...

... I can't help but be a little excited about this. Uzumaki is actually the first manga I ever read, and it remains—by leaps and bounds—my favorite of Itou's catalogue. Are they actually sticking with 100% black and white aesthetics? Because that might just be what this series needs to truly fulfill the atmosphere of the story. And lastly: COLIN STETSON SOUNDTRACK?! Holy shit, dude. His work in Hereditary was unbelievable, and for anyone unfamiliar, it's genuinely one of the most frightening horror flicks of the 21st century. Anyway, yeah.. let's hope this one finally hits the mark and makes Itou proud.
I went to watch Hereditary with my friend (who is a big horror fan,unlike me) and...I dunno the music was definitely disturbing and fitting,but the movie itself wasn't scary to me,just awkward,even funny at some bits. Maybe because I watched like only 3 horror movies in my life so I don't know what is scary and what's not? But I have hopes for Uzumaki to be at least decent,unlike the former adaptation.
 
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The haunting music gives me chills.
 
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Ah it's about time I guess, I haven't slightest idea about director's last work but to put someone who worked on well-acclaimed modern horror such as Hereditary, it's worth the wait
 
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This is creepy dude. Literaly two days ago I've started reading the manga. This moment exactly I finished it and came here to rate it and VOILÀ ! This is the top article before my eyes! Am I being haunted by the spiral?
 
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