Junji Ito’s Maniac Drops New Unnerving Clip

Junji Ito has created countless creepy crawlies over his decades-long career, so it’s no surprise that his works continue to be brought to prominence thanks to anime adaptations. As Netflix deals with the creepy worlds spawned from the mind of the mangaka, a new clip gives us a closer look Maniacwith the anthology also confirming five new terror stories that will help populate the upcoming adaptation.

The additional stories that will be featured in this anthology series include “The Story of the Mysterious Tunnel”, “Mold”, “Layers of Fear”, “The Thing That Drifted Ashore” and “Back Alley”. To give a brief synopsis of each story, “The Story of the Mysterious Tunnel” focuses on a group of kids who explore the titular tunnel and find more supernatural threats than they bargained for in a grotesque collection of eerie ghosts. In “Mold”, a young man gets a “fixer-upper” from a house covered in mold, but that mold is not easy to eradicate. “Layers of Fear” is one of Ito’s most grotesque works, centering on a mysterious find by archaeologists. “The Thing That Drifted Ashore” sees a mysterious, giant organism drifting to shore on a beach, in which the behemoth holds a dark secret in its belly. Finally, “Back Alley” sees a young man discover some gruesome prints in an alley next to his house.

Junji Ito macabre stories

Netflix shared the new clip via its Official Anime Youtube Channel, giving us a glimpse into the story of the mysterious Tomie, the character who has become a de facto mascot of Junji Ito over the years as the succubus has been around for more than a few live action movies in Japan:

This anthology story will be released in January and will also feature creepy tales that follow an ice cream truck, creepy “Hanging Balloons” and more ghouls and ghouls from the master of horror. With Ito’s decades-long career and dozens of campfire stories, there will be plenty left to adapt when this Netflix original series gets a second season.

What has been your favorite Junji Ito story so far? Feel free to let us know in the comments or call me directly on Twitter @EVComedy to talk about all things comics, anime and the world of Junji Ito.

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