Uzumaki, the landmark horror manga that Eisner winner Junji Ito wrote and illustrated more than 20 years ago, is being adapted into a four episode miniseries in Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim programming block.
Adult Swim offers this table-setter to establish Ito’s work and its importance. Uzumaki means “swirl,” and the story’s theme is one of luring in people, much like a whirlpool. Spiraling motifs are featured throughout Ito’s art, and will be in the anime as well.
“It’s like when you see something scary, or you’re wondering what is beyond the darkness, I want to know those kinds of things.” Ito says. Here he is speaking to humans’ very real and primal adaptation, an instinctive need to define the unknown before it can hurt them. Of course, being a horror manga, this will probably hurt anyway.
For those who aren’t manga aficionados, you may recall Ito’s name and style from a humorous collaboration with The Pokémon Company back in 2014; Ito was also attached to the canceled and still-mourned Silent Hills that Hideo Kojima was working on with Guillermo del Toro.
Uzumaki will premiere on Adult Swim’s Toonami in 2020.