Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales Of The Macabre Anime Reveals More Stories, Cast & New Visual

Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre is set to release exclusively on Netflix on Jan 19, 2023.

Netflix Anime’s official Twitter account revealed four more stories for Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales Of The Macabre anime on Oct 14, 2022, which includes, “Ice Cream Truck,” “Tomb Town,” “Library Vision,” and “Headless Statue“.

A new key art was also unveiled for the forthcoming anime releasing on Jan 19, 2022, exclusively on Netflix.

Japanese Tales Of The Macabre KV

The newly announced cast along with scene cuts and synopsis of the stories include:

Ice Cream Truck

Ice Cream Truck

A bus comes with music playing. Only children can eat ice cream. All-you-can-eat ice cream on the ice cream bus! The kids are crazy about the ice cream bus, but strange things are happening on the bus.

  • Ryotaro Okiayu as Sonohara
  • Sara Matsumoto as Tomoki
  • Takatsugu Chikamatsu as  Ice Cream Man

Tomb Town

Tomb Town

With her brother driving, Kaoru heads for the town where her best friend Izumi has moved to. However, their car hits a young girl on the way. They arrive in a town where the dead are mysteriously turned into gravestones. The two take shelter at Izumi’s house, but when they find out that Izumi’s sister has not returned home, a search is conducted. Was it Izumi’s sister that Kaoru and her friends hit? 

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  • Ryohei Kimura as Yoshikawa Tsuyoshi
  • M・A・O as Kaoru Yoshikawa
  • Aya Uchida as Izumi Murakami 

Library Vision

Library Vision

The library was overflowing with a frightening number of books. Goro shows a strange obsession with the library. One book is gone, and Goro is going crazy.

  • Yuki Kaji as Goro Shirasaki
  • Tomoe Hanba as Koko

Headless Statue

Headless Statue

The sculpture made by art teacher Okabe was strange. It has no neck. At that time, Okabe is killed. It was found headless. After that day, Shimada, the club member who was with Okabe at the end, began to behave strangely.

  • Fumiko Orikasa as Rumi
  • Takashi Kondo as Shimada

Other cast members include:

  • Takahiro Sakurai: Kazuya Hikizuri (The Strange Hikizuri Siblings: The Séance)
  • Romi Park: Kiko (The Strange Hikizuri Siblings: The Séance)
  • Hisako Kanemoto: Sayoko (Unbearable Maze)
  • Yōko Hikasa: Chiemi (The Long Hair in the Attic)
  • Natsumi Takamori: Kuriko (The Bully)
  • Hajime Iijima as Shigoro (The Strange Hikizuri Siblings: The Séance)
  • Risa Shimizu as Narumi (The Strange Hikizuri Siblings: The Séance)
  • Ayaka Asai as Hitoshi (The Strange Hikizuri Siblings: The Séance)
  • Tomoko Kaneda as Misako (The Strange Hikizuri Siblings: The Séance)
  • Rie Suegara as Tomie (Tomie: Photo)
  • Yumiri Hanamori as Tsukiko Izumisawa (Tomie: Photo)
  • Taku Yashiro as Yamazaki (Tomie: Photo)
  • Tomokazu Sugita as Tachi (Tomie: Photo)
  • Hiroyuki Yoshino as Kimata (Tomie: Photo)
  • Riho Sugiyama as Kazuko Morinaka (The Hanging Balloons)
  • Daisuke Kishio as Shinya Shiraishi (The Hanging Balloons)
  • Iori Nomizu as Kagumi Fujino (The Hanging Balloons)
  • Yuji Mitsuya as Sōichi (The Room With 4 Walls)
  • Yoshimasa Hosoya as Kōichi (The Room With 4 Walls)
  • Yuka Saitō as Sayuri (The Room With 4 Walls)
  • Yutaka Aoyama as Tagaisu (The Room With 4 Walls)
  • Hiro Shimono as Oshikiri (Intruder)

The anime will consist of a total of 20 horror short stories from Ito’s works “for the first time” including stories from Tomie, Sōichi, and The Hanging Balloons manga.

In a previous announcement, the author revealed that a new anime project is in the works for his Itō Junji Kesssaku-shū (Junji Ito Masterworks Collection) manga collection. The manga collection includes some of Ito’s most well-known works and consists of 11 volumes published between 2011 and 2013.

Junji Ito is a Japanese horror mangaka. Some of his most notable works include TomieUzumaki, and Gyo. His other works include Itou Junji Kyoufu Manga Collection, a collection of different short stories holding a series of stories named Souichi’s Journal of Delights, and Junji Ito’s Cat Diary: Yon & Mu, a self-parody about him and his wife living in a house with two cats.

Ito’s work has developed a substantial cult following, with some deeming him a significant figure in recent horror iconography.

Source: Twitter, Official Website

© J.I./Asahi Shimbun Publishing, Junji Ito “Maniac” Production Committee

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