How many episodes of Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre are there?

Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre. Cr: Netflix.
Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre. Cr: Netflix. /
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Junji Ito fans are about to get a great New Year’s gift in the form of a new anime series adapting several of Ito’s creepiest tales. Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre will feature many of Ito’s most popular stories, including “Ice Cream Bus,” “Hanging Balloons,” “The Thing That Drifted Ashore,” and more!

Several of Ito’s works have been adapted in the past, most notably Tomie, which received a series of anime films, the last of which came out in 2011. But it has been almost five years since we’ve gotten a new Ito adaptation, so the excitement for Junji Ito Maniac is high.

Considered the master of Japanese horror, Ito has picked up countless accolades throughout his career and amassed a large and loyal fanbase thanks to his creative storytelling and uniquely grotesque imagery. One of his most famous and notable manga series is Uzumaki, about a mysterious town cursed by the spiral shape. An Uzumaki anime adaptation is in the works, but while we wait for it to (finally) come out, it’ll be great to see more of Ito’s stories come to life in Netflix’s haunting anthology series, releasing on Jan. 19, 2023.

If you’re eager to learn more about the Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre before it premieres, keep reading to see our episode guide and find out how many stories will be featured.

Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre episode count

There are 20 Junji Ito stories told across 12 episodes of Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre.

Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre episode guide

There are 12 episodes featured in the upcoming Netflix anime, below we’ve created a list of every story featured in the show and which Junji Ito collection it’s from.

  • The Strange Hikizuri Siblings: The Seance: A story from Ito’s collection The Circus is Here 
  • The Story of the Mysterious Tunnel: From the series of the same name in Horror World of Junji Ito volume 14
  • Ice Cream Truck: Story from House of the Marionettes
  • The Hanging Balloons: Story from The Face Burglar
  • The Room of Four Heavy Walls: Story from Souichi’s Diary of Curses
  • Where the Sandman Lives: Story from House of the Marionettes
  • Intruder: Story from Hallucinations
  • The Long Hair in the Attic: Story from Flesh-Colored Horror 
  • Mold: Story from the Slug Girl collection
  • Library Vision: Story from the Smashed collection
  • Tomb Town: Tombs collection
  • Layers of Fear: One-shot short story
  • The Thing that Drifted Ashore: From the Slug Girl collection
  • Tomie: Photo: Story from the Tomie series
  • Unendurable Labyrinth: Part of the Deserter collection
  • Bullied: From The Bully collection
  • The Back Alley: From The Bully collection
  • Headless Statue: Short story
  • Whispering Woman: From Ma no Kakera
  • Soichi’s Beloved Pet: From New Voices in the Dark

Which stories from Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre are you most excited to see adapted? What is your favorite Junji Ito story?

Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre starts streaming on Jan. 19, 2023. Add the series to your Netflix watchlist now.

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