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TV Anime Adaptation of Junji Ito's Works Announced for Winter 2018

by Vindstot
Aug 10, 2017 2:38 PM | 28 Comments
An official website has opened for a TV anime adaptation of works by horror manga author Junji Ito on Thursday, revealing partial staff and a key visual (pictured). Tentatively titled Itou Junji: Collection, the series is slated to premiere in Winter 2018.

The adaptation will cover stories from both the Itou Junji Kessaku-shuu (Junji Itou Masterpiece Collection) series, which spans over 11 volumes, including popular works such as Tomie, Souichi no Kattena Noroi (Souichi's Selfish Curse), Kubi no Nai Choukoku (Headless Statues), and Frankenstein, as well as the Ma no Kakera (Fragments of Horror) story collection. Stories to be adapted by the anime will be announced at a later time.

Director, Character Design: Shinobu Tagashira (Diabolik Lovers)
Studio: Studio Deen

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Junji Ito as a manga author. In commemoration of the anime project, Asahi Shimbun's comic website Sonorama+ is distributing Ito's works free of charge until the end of August.

Teaser site:

Source: Comic Natalie

Ito Junji: Collection on MAL

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Wrapply_FaeSaef said:
I hope they'll be able to capture the "Junji Ito" in their art.

You're a bit late to the party, my friend.


Feb 23, 2019 8:17 AM by BaneofKermit

I hope they'll be able to capture the "Junji Ito" in their art.

Feb 23, 2019 8:16 AM by illleigh

Oh boy, I hope they put a lot of effort into this. Can't wait.

Dec 28, 2017 3:05 PM by Horrorreader91

This could be either really really good or go horribly wrong. Honestly Ito work could be made into a cinematic piece, why it hasn't yet is beyond me.

Oct 12, 2017 7:43 PM by Stripes

Oh yes Tomie.

Maybe Deen can adapt Ito better than Ufotable.

Oct 12, 2017 5:52 PM by QuattroVaginas

Oh my god!!! I'm really really excited but... I just feel like the horror elements found in Junji Ito's works can only be appreciated in manga form. I hope they could be creative enough to pull this off. Idk... good luck to Studio Deen.

Oct 12, 2017 5:43 PM by Kurarion

January 7 at 22:00 premiere via Tokyo MX. The content will kept secret until broadcast.

Oct 12, 2017 4:32 AM by tsubasalover

Why? And how will this work?

Not everything needs to be adapted into a TV series (or is even suitable for one). I think most (if not all) of Itou Junji’s works would fall into that category... I honestly can’t see this ending well, but hey! good luck to anyone involved in the project.

Also... Couldn’t they choose someone more fitting to direct horror instead of the first person they stumbled across?... Nothing in Shinobu Tagashira’s work resume says good things anything about her ability to direct a series like this. I guess they had to pick up from the few ones available that were willing take on this absurd project... So be it then...

Aug 12, 2017 9:09 AM by zero-r

I wonder if they will adapt Tomie too.

Aug 12, 2017 9:02 AM by ichii_1

I just want more of Junji Ito's work to be animated so i'm happy.

Aug 12, 2017 8:47 AM by Chibi-Alice

Junji Ito's grotesque stories work with his amazing, detailed artstyle, I really can't see it working with any kind of animation... Plus I still remember Gyo ;(

Aug 12, 2017 1:25 AM by Kitsu-nee

Wow adapting Junji Ito's works in 2017.

Expect some half assed animation, probably a short, and a comedy OST in the back.

Aug 11, 2017 6:00 AM by Ramkec

After the announcement of Devilman Crybaby, an adaptation of a Jiro Taniguchi manga and now this i'm starting to think that maybe Japan is getting some good taste recently.

Aug 10, 2017 11:15 PM by Johnnyd3rp

I'm actually really excited for this, really looking forward to it

Aug 10, 2017 9:49 PM by -renn-

Have a feeling it'll probably be a short.

Aug 10, 2017 9:02 PM by ReaperCreeper

oh! I'm really excited about this, I hope they make a good adaptation.

Aug 10, 2017 8:25 PM by Dragon_Lotus

how is this even works? what next? shintaro kago?

Aug 10, 2017 7:41 PM by Kuma

Acernos said:
MonoJuMal said:
This made my day. I love everything Itou Junji and can't wait to see Souichi and his family animated. They're fantastic.

As long as they don't do what the anime version of Gyo did, I think this might be a good. Hopefully.....

Gyo has an ova by studio that did Fate Zero.

While that's true, I found it to be a poor adaptation to the manga. I didn't mind changing the lead to the girl and having the boyfriend suffer instead, but I hated the addition of the two friends who served no real purpose other than to give us an unnecessary threesome scene and frenemy garbage.

If they stick to the material, then I have high hopes for this. But I'm also worried because Gyo wasn't good. And even though it was done by a different studio, I still have that worry at the back of my head.

Aug 10, 2017 4:39 PM by MonoJuMal

>Sees director of Diabolik Lovers.


Jokes aside, hopefully it turns somewhat okay. Though Deen can do some good stuff recently... well, except for The Reflection.

Aug 10, 2017 4:10 PM by removed-user

Hongu said:
>Director of Diabolik Lovers
Dead on arrival.
You do know that Deen's made some really good stuff recently, right? And the director has worked on more stuff then just Diabolik Lovers (though he's a better animator than director).

Aug 10, 2017 3:56 PM by GoldenDevilGamer

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