Category: News

Junji Ito news and information as I learn about it

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    Uzumaki anime teaser

    Teaser for the upcoming Uzumaki 4-part anime

    I’ve not really seen or heard much on the new 4-part Uzumaki anime series coming on Adult Swim next year. However, after seeing this teaser and I am now officially excited!

    It seems to look like they have actually taken panels from the manga and animated them, as opposed to re-imagining them. And the effect looks incredible in my opinion.

    Kirie looks gorgeous and the section showing her looking up at the face in the cremation smoke creates a stunning effect (no spoilers on who’s face it is :P)

    I’m really looking forward to this series but I do hope that each episode is around an hour long at least. 4 parts seems way too little to fit the entirety of the Uzumaki Collection in to. And surely they can’t be taking any chapters out of it?


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    UK Hellstar Remina release date and cover art

    U.K. Release Date: 7th January 2021.

    Pre-order on amazon today by clicking here.

    Hellstar Remina is getting an official VIZ Media release! I can’t explain how excited I am for this. I have read it previously online but will be so happy to be able to pay for an official copy and actually give back to Junji Ito for this insanely addictive story!

    I wrote up my thoughts on Hellstar Remina a while back too.

    The cover art is absolutely beautiful too!


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    Junji Ito might be working on a Horror Game with Hideo Kojima

    P.T. was one of the biggest teases to horror game fans. Revealed as being a teaser for a then-upcoming reboot of the Silent Hill franchise, it was soon after cancelled and the demo removed from the PlayStation store πŸ™

    Fans of both Hideo Kojima and Junji Ito were left to wonder what could have been…

    …but we may just get our dream horror game yet!

    It’s still all speculation

    From what I can gather, Junji Ito himself has mentioned that he has been in contact with Kojima about a possible horror game. Just the mere thought of this was enough to get me salivating.

    On top of this, Kojima has mentioned a couple of times that his next game could be a horror game.

    The board is set… the pieces are moving… πŸ˜€

    Just what could we even imagine from the minds of these two incredible creative people!?

    I’m going to be doing my best to keep on top of this project as best I can for not only my own obsession, but to keep you all in the loop too. πŸ™‚

    They’ve worked together before

    Anybody who has played past the first few hours or so of Kojima’s latest masterpiece game, Death Stranding, may have noticed Ito actually appearing as a character within the game: The Engineer.

    Although the voice is not his own, his appearance at least was scanned into the game, which made a welcome surprise for Horror Manga fans the world over.

    With some of the themes of dead fish on the beaches (ALA Gyo) in some of the games scenes made people even believe that Ito was a creative voice behind Death Stranding. I’m not sure this was true, but Kojima is obviously a fan of Ito’s — it stands to reason that he would take at least some inspiration from the master of Horror Manga.

    I can’t wait to see what Junji Ito can bring to the world of gaming.

    I have found that Hideo Hojima’s games often tend to have a healthy dose of horror sprinkled in — especially with his most recent Death Stranding.

    The moments when encountering the B.T’s of the game were some truly incredible moments of gameplay. They were, for me, instantly iconic — and often damn scary. I had never seen such mechanics in play before with a consistent feeling of dread at some encounters.

    Just the thought of Junji Ito working with him, whether that be in just the concept art or with some kind of game direction, I can only imagine into what realms of horror they can take us as players and consumers of these stories.

    Where we not only get a sprinkling of horror from a Kojima game, but a full on assault of the senses. πŸ˜€


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    The Art of Junji Ito: Twisted Visions can now be pre-ordered

    Junji Ito displaying his Art book

    The upcoming book, The Art of Junji Ito: Twisted Visions, is now available for pre-order at the following places:

    Amazon

    Book Depository

    Waterstones

    It will be officially released on the 14th May 2020.

    From the picture above it looks like its a good size too — a little larger than A4 size I reckon. All the better to focus in on Junji Ito’s excellent craftsmanship and twisted imagery.

    I’m looking forward to this one as it looks to contain many pieces of Junji Ito’s original artwork. Perhaps even some that were cut from some of his stories?

    Snippet from Twisted Visions

    How excited are you for this new book?


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    New horror manga – Genkai Chitai (Disturbing Zone) released in Japan

    Junji Ito has launched a brand new horror manga called Genkai Chitai, which is Japanese for Disturbing Zone. It seems to be a part of a new horror omnibus series called “Phantom Zone”.

    From what I can find out so far, it revolves around the more mundane aspects of every day life and how strange occurrences around those things happen. No doubt bringing weird and interesting horror themes into the lives of some very unsuspecting characters.

    It has been released through a publication called “Line”. I have found a website called Line Manga, however, it is only available to be viewed from Japan. πŸ™

    I’m really looking forward to reading this one and can’t wait for an official U.K. release.

    Excerpt from Junji Ito new manga, Disturbing Zone

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    Junji Ito inspirations in Diablo 4 game

    Diablo 4 gameplay preview

    It looks as though Junji Ito’s influence is being spread ever further, as described in this article on VG247. The upcoming game Diablo 4 seems to be taking some inspiration from the Horror Manga master: https://www.vg247.com/2019/11/02/diablo-4-inspired-junji-ito-anime/

    Ito is a man who managed to make fish scary, creating a story where they’re being mind-controlled by a sentient bacteria. He also has a thing for triggering people’s trypophobia so expect some disgusting enemy designs in Diablo 4 to match that inspiration.

    Diablo 4 inspired by Junji Ito Manga, by Kirk McKeand

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    Junji Ito Interview in The Winchester Mystery House

    An interesting 20-minute interview with Junji Ito as he is escorted around the Winchester Mystery House.

    I love how Ito’s favourite band is The Beatles!


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    Junji Ito cameo in Death Stranding?

    Death Stranding is easily one of the most hotly anticipated games of recent years. From the creative genius Hideo Kojima, this epic, world-traversing PS4 game is sure to push boundaries and impress in many ways.

    What I discovered today, is that there could very well be a cameo by none other that Junji Ito himself. Ito had previously been working with Kojima on the now-cancelled Silent Hills project. (I still shed a tear at the mere thought of what that could have become). But it seems that they have remained in touch.

    Here are the images I have found after somebody shared them on Facebook. I have yet to confirm these as being true, but I pray to the gods of horror that they are.

    Check out Death Stranding on the PlayStation Store!


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    Awesome Junji Ito inspired art by Jack Batty

    I have just come across this awesome artwork by an artist called Jack Batty. He has drawn a number of really cool Junji Ito inspired pieces, which I definitely think you should check out.

    I really love his style. He even manages to make someone like Fuchi from Fashion Model look… well… cute.

    Enjoy!

    Jack Batty’s Tumblr.

    Jack Batty’s Instagram.


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    Lucky fan gets Junji Ito’s autograph on her back. (via Reddit)

    Original link. Imagine having the master himself drawing on to your back like this (or on a t-shirt more precisely). Imagine the look on this very lucky fan’s face as he does it. She must be over the moon. πŸ™‚