There are few pieces of literature that I hold in higher esteem than the creative works of the master of horror, Junji Ito. Each and every one of his manga have left its own kind of impact on me, and that's probably not something I should be proudly proclaiming. I don't think there's ever been a manga that has sent more shivers down my spine than Uzumaki, especially through its incredible use of line curvature. There isn't a single panel in a Junji Ito piece that doesn't feel like it's actively moving, and funnily enough that movement is about to translate into the upcoming anime series that was teased just over a month ago.
It's been almost a month that I've waited restlessly for any form of news, and today that news was finally delivered in the form of a new website packed with information. Let's disect this information dump a little; firstly, we can now rest easy knowing that the anime is just around the corner with a Winter 2018 scheduled premiere. Helming the project is the team from Studio DEEN, with Shinobu Tagashira acting as both director and character designer for the anime series. On top of all that, we also got a look at the key visual for the anime, which can be seen below:
The animated project will be based on Junji Ito's eleven-volume "Masterpiece Collection" and his "Fragments of Horror" manga. It has not been made clear which stories in particular will be getting the anime treatment, but we're sure you can guess which fan favorites will likely get some screen time. Within the website, you'll also find comments from both Junji Ito and Shinobu Tagashira where they talk about their excitement for the upcoming series. It was stated by Junji Ito that having his own anime series had been a long time dream of his, and that he's extremely pleased with everything he has seen so far in terms of the anime adaptation of his work.
If you're wanting to check out some of the discussions from the creatives, be sure to check out the official website for the upcoming series, here.