Junji Ito anime show gets delayed, again

Sorry Junji Ito fans, but the upcoming anime adaptation of Uzumaki has been delayed for a third time now.

Uzumaki is probably one of the most popular Junji Ito works, with an anime adaptation announced back in 2019. But unfortunately, earlier this week (June 27), the official Uzumaki Twitter account announced the show had been delayed for a third time. And a new date hasn’t been set for when we can expect it.

In order to replicate the quality of the intricate designs and detailed line work of Mr. Ito’s classic manga, Director Nagahama and the production team have asked for additional time to recreate Ito’s masterpiece properly,” reads the announcement.

As much as we’d like to deliver this show to the public as soon as possible, we don’t want to compromise its quality by delivering a mediocre final product.

“We’ll be back with a firm premiere date once we are confident this adaptation is as good as we know it can be.” The production team also thanked readers for their patience and support.

the delays are understandable

It’s pretty understandable that the anime has had to be delayed so much. The anime was announced in 2019, but obviously there’s been something of a pandemic in the meantime.

Uzumaki is also known for its heavy use of spiral imagery, making it not an easy manga to adapt.

At least to counteract that, there was some more positive news for fans of the horror manga master. Earlier this month, Netflix announced that it is producing its own horror series based on Ito’s works. Which hopefully won’t have as troubled a development as Uzumaki. 

The Netflix series, called Junji Ito’s Maniac, will adapt around 20 short stories for the anthology series. Including Tomie, Suoichi, and Hanging Balloons. But we’ll have to wait and find out what other stories have been included.

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