The upcoming anime adaptation of Uzumaki has both horror and anime fans waiting at the edge of their seats. Here is everything that you need to know about this incredible body horror manga!
An Introduction to the Manga
Revered horror manga author Junji Ito’s Uzumaki is arguably his best and famously haunting and twisted tale about a spiral obsession.
The plot centres on Kirie, a high school student, and Shuichi, her lover, as they solve the secrets of Kurouzu-cho, a town that has been engulfed by a spiral curse.
Kurouzu-cho's inhabitants are trapped in a growing obsession with spirals. Here, KIrie and Shuichi witness bizarre phenomena, such as a snail woman who can create spirals out of thin air and a lighthouse that twists into a spiral staircase.
The spiral curse continues to spiral out of control, leading to gruesome and grotesque body horror that defies all logic. Kirie and Shuichi are determined to break the curse and save their town, but as they dig deeper, they discover that the spirals are not just a physical phenomenon, but also a psychological one.
Can they end the curse before it consumes them as well?
With stunning artwork and a haunting atmosphere, Uzumaki is a chilling tale that has left manga readers feeling spiralled into the depths of horror.
Who is Junji Ito?
From Gifu, Japan comes the famed manga artist and horror author Junji Ito. Ito developed a special kind of horror narrative as a result of his childhood interest with the macabre and horror.
Ito continued his love of comics after completing a dental technician programme at a vocational school, finally becoming well-known for his short horror stories in the publication "Gekkan Halloween." Ito released his debut book, "Tomie," in 1987. It was about a stunning, eternal girl who drives men insane and into infatuation.
Ito's mangas violate the established emotive components of horror comics by placing the abnormal in regular circumstances. His mangas don't have typical foes that humans are used to fearing. Instead, they focus on commonplace settings that only if one looks closely, that you enter an unsettling effect.
Who is Producing It?
Uzumaki is being co-produced by Production I.G USA and Adult Swim's in-house production arm Williams Street. Recently, it was revealed that Ari Aster and Lars Knudsen’s company Square Peg might be be involved with production as well.
Before its Japanese release, Uzumaki will show on Adult Swim's Toonami programming block. This is the fourth time that the whole network of Cartoon Network has actively participated in the creation of a Japanese animation.
Who is Directing It?
Hiroshi Nagahama is directing Uzumaki, known for the anime Mushishi. Colin Stetson is in charge of composing music.
Cast of Uzumaki
- Uki Satake as Kirie Goshima
- Shin-ichiro Miki as Shuichi Saito
- Mariya Ise as Azami Kurotani
- Wataru Hatano as Okada
- Mika Doi as Yukie Saitou
- Takashi Matsuyama as Toshio Saito
While there is no full-length trailer yet, we have a small teaser that you can watch!
The Uzumaki anime will have four episodes, therefore modifications to the plot to accommodate the time restrictions are probably in order. The anime was supposed to be out in 2021, but the pandemic delayed it. As far as we know, the series is currently indefinitely delayed.