Followers of Japanese horror maestro Junji Ito have been ready, and ready, and ready patiently for the upcoming adaptation of Uzumaki, the 1998 supernatural horror manga that first launched Ito’s hyper-detailed model of grotesque physique horror to readers within the West. This previous weekend’s Grownup Swim Competition introduced us no nearer to a agency launch date other than later this yr. However, on the intense facet, we did get a brand new clip of the anime, and it seems unbelievable.
Produced by Japanese animation studio Drive, the four-episode anime adaptation facilities on the story of residents of Kurouzu-cho, a quiet Japanese city that’s all of a sudden tormented by a lethal supernatural curse involving spiral patterns that drive all who see them insane. The Uzumaki anime is being directed by Hiroshi Nagahama of Mushishi and The Flowers of Evil fame and being produced by animation studio Drive, with a rating by Hereditary composer Colin Stetson.
The footage actually shares a likeness to Nagahama’s distinctive cel-shaded, rotoscope animation on The Flowers of Evil, with uncanny physique motions and character silhouettes that emulate Ito’s linework and shading. It’s been 4 lengthy years since Uzumaki was first introduced at Crunchyroll Expo 2019, and whereas the wait has been excruciating for some, the spare particulars we have now seen reveal a care and a spotlight that solely really feel becoming for Ito’s most iconic work.
Uzumaki is anticipated to air on Grownup Swim’s Toonami programming block later this yr.