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.
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.