You might have seen this weird art before on the Internet.
It consists of visceral body horror, creepy looking girls, and spirals. Lots, and lots of spirals.
Such is the unmistakable work of Junji Ito’s undeniably creepy Uzumaki which is soon to be adapted into a four-part miniseries for Adult Swim’s Toonami.
“As a huge fan of Junji Ito, I’m thrilled to be able to tackle one of his signature works, with a team of amazing creators who are all equally devoted to doing justice to this monumental work of horror manga,” said Jason DeMarco, senior vice-president on-air for Adult Swim.
The iconic 1990s horror manga Uzumaki told the story of spirals that slowly drove a small Japanese town crazy, a literal spiral into madness if you will.
The series was first adapted into a live-action feature-length film in 2000. Directed by Akihiro Higuchi under the name Higuchinsky, the film was released to mixed reviews. Most praised the visuals and atmosphere of the movie whilst criticising its lack of scares that is prevalent in a Junji Ito piece of work.
The anime adaptation will be directed by Hiroshi Nagahama (Mushi-shi, Flowers of Evil) and will feature a score created by Colin Stetson (Hereditary, Red Dead Redemption 2).
Uzumaki is slated to premiere on Adult Swim’s Toonami as a four-episode miniseries sometime in 2020.
Let’s hope that Toonami learns from the failed Junji Ito Collection and actually does justice to Junji Ito and his horror classic.