One of the most exciting anime announcements of late, especially for horror fans, involved plans to adapt the work of manga author Junji Ito (Uzumaki, Gyo, Tomie). Those plans have been expanded along with the opening of a teaser site, and the Junji Ito Collection anime is set to creep onto screens in winter 2018.
Studio Deen (KonoSuba) is in charge of animation production, with noted Ito fan Shinobu Tagashira (DIABOLIK LOVERS) directing and handling character designs.
Here’s a concept visual Tagashira whipped up:
And here are translated comments, via Crunchyroll:
Shinobu Tagashira on the anime:
“My dream has turned into my goal, then a miracle happens. Now I am able to make anime adaptations of the manga series that I have fell in love since my teenage years by my own hands. I have already imagined how I should animate them in various ways. I am a truly happy person that I can see it really happening. I want to express my gratitude everyone who has supported me. I’m looking forward to working with the anime staff members. And I would like to ask continued support from the fans of the manga series who are looking forward to the anime. I will do my best to take the passion and spirits that Ito-sensei put into the manga into the anime as well and to create a good horror story.”
Junji Ito’s thoughts:
“This time, a dream-like situation that my horror manga is adapted into a TV anime has happened. When I was a child, I dreamed of anime adaptations of the manga works by Kazuo Umezu, Shinichi Koga and Hideshi Hino, then I even made a flip book by myself based on some highlights from a work of Hino-sensei. I think director Tagashira had the same kind of feeling that I had in my childhood when she launched this anime project. I have already seen her concept visual and her love for the manga was surely conveyed. I am already burning to see the completed anime. Please looking forward to it! Finally, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to director Shinobu Tagashira who launched this wonderful project, and to all of the members of the production committee who have worked so hard!”