Anime ‘Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre’ reveals stills, cast and story details

The main cast details and the first animation stills from the upcoming horror anthology anime, Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre, have been made public.

Junji Ito Maniac’s official website unveiled the photos and casting details. Using Twitter, Netflix announced last month during its Geeked Week that Junji Ito Maniac is in the works, and it would have stories adapted from the bibliography of popular mangaka Junji Ito. The anime is scheduled to release in 2023.

Five stories in total will be adapted for the anime anthology. Takahiro Sakurai, who is well-known for playing Giyu Tomioka in Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba, will play Kazuya Hikizuri in The Strange Hikizuri Siblings: The Seance. Alongside Sakurai, Romi Park will play Kiko Hizukuri.

The female lead Chiemi in the second tale, The Long Hair in The Attic, will be played by Berserk’s Yoko Hikasa. Hisako Kanemoto, best known for playing Erina Nakiri in Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma, will play the lead role of Sayoko in Unbearable Labyrinth. Natsumi Takamori will play Kuriko, the primary antagonist, in The Bully.

The casting for the last tale, The Den of the Sleep Demon, has not been made public. The protagonist of that tale, which was included in volume 10 of the Horror World of Junji Ito collection, is a guy named Yuji, who thinks a real-life being is in his dreams and is trying to get out in the real world. 

Manga artist Junji Ito is highly prolific for his contributions to the horror genre mangas. For the 2020 collected volumes of Remina and Venus in the Blind Spot, Ito received two Eisner Awards in 2021 – one for best writer/artist and one for best U.S. edition of international material-Asia.

Netflix releases first look of its futuristic anime series ‘Cyberpunk: Edgerunners’

As a part of Geeked Week, Netflix revealed the first teaser trailer of the upcoming anime series Cyberpunk: Edgerunners, giving the fans a look at the violent and stylish series produced by Studio Tigger and the developer behind the role-playing game Cyberpunk 2077, CD Projekt Red. 

The game stars Keanu Reeves and fans have had a roller coaster ride with its development, introduction, and present status over the last several years. After a disastrous first release, CD Projekt Red reported that sales of the game increased after it was launched on the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S around 2020.

Initially announced in 2020, Cyberpunk: Edgerunners is a 10-episode series about a street kid in Night City who turns outlaw, a Cyberpunk. The trailer starts slowly with a constant heartbeat monitor sound, a mix of deliberate and slow cuts appear in the first half of the trailer revealing the energetic side of the lead character as he constantly taps his foot. The most captivating part of the trailer is the establishing shot of the Night City. Car chases, gunfights, explosions, and car shootouts are all teased in the trailer. Edgerunners is vivid and flashy, staying true to the aesthetics of the game and the overall cyberpunk genre, whether it’s the bright lights of Night City or the bloody explosions in the series’ horrific battle sequences.

Hiroyuki Imaishi is directing the series with Masahiko Otsuka as an assistant director. Hiromi Wakabayashi will serve as the series’ creative director, and character designers Yoh Yoshinari and Yuto Kaneko will be on board to give the characters their distinct looks. Yoshiki Usa and Masahiko Otsuka authored the adapted script. Akira Yamaoka, a well-known composer, will compose the original score. 

The series is set to release in September this year.

Animated content that were announced during the day 3 of Netflix Geeked Week 2022

Hosts Ella Purnell, Tiffany Smith and Juju Green also known as Straw Hat Goofy of Netflix’s five-day virtual event Geeked Week revealed a ton of exclusive announcements and first looks from animated series and films like Arcane, Masters of the Universe, The Seven Deadly Sins: The Grudge Of Edinburg and Cyberpunk: Edgerunners, just to name a few.

The third day of the event celebrated various genre series, films and games. Here is a list of various sneak-peaks of some amazing animated contents:

The Dragon Prince: There are three seasons available on the OTT platform and a small trailer of season four is already out. The show created by Aaron Ehasz, Justin Richmond stars Jack De Sena, Sasha Rojen and Jason Simpson.

The stakes for our heroes from the land of Xadia have never been higher. An extraordinary discovery inspires two human princes and an elven assassin to team up on an epic quest to bring peace to their warring lands.

Entergalactic: The first look of this new adult animated project from the mind of Grammy-winning rapper and singer Kid Cudi is already out. From the minds of Cudi and Kenya Barris comes a story of two young artists navigating the twists and turns of finding love in New York City.

Set in New York City, Entergalactic stars Scott ‘Kid Cudi’ Mescudi as Jabari, a charming, streetwear-clad artist on the cusp of real success. After a chance run-in with his cool new photographer neighbor, Meadow (Love Life’s Jessica Williams), Jabari has to figure out whether he can make space for love in his life.

Entergalactic boasts a massive and impressive supporting cast, including Timothée Chalamet as Jimmy, Jabari’s best friend and weed dealer, and Ty Dolla $ign as Ky, Jabari’s off-the-wall ride-or-die buddy. Hollywood star Laura Harrier plays Carmen, Jabari’s ex, while Vanessa Hudgens plays Karina, Meadow’s adorably pregnant bestie. Christopher Abbott, 070 Shake, Jaden Smith, Keith David, Teyana Taylor, Arturo Castry and Macaulay Culkin round out the rest of the crew. 

Arcane: Bridging the Rift: Amid the stark discord of twin cities Piltover and Zaun, two sisters fight on rival sides of a war between magic technologies and clashing convictions.

Geeked brings the making of this video game-turned-series with this new clip from the upcoming documentary Arcane: Bridging the Rift. Fans can now enjoy the new Arcane profile icons. After an explosive first season,the documentary series about the making of the hit animated show that Riot Games is bringing will be released on Riot Games’ YouTube later this year.

In this exclusive first look, co-creators and showrunners Christian Linke and Alex Yee take you behind the scenes of Arcane, revealing how they developed the show’s electrifying sound and partnered with French animation studio Fortiche to create gripping visuals. 

Love, Death + Robots: The third season of Love, Death + Robots is all set to make a comeback on Netflix. The anthology of animated stories first made its debut in 2019. To make it special, the OTT giant has launched this season’s premiere episode early and for free.

Volume three will bring viewers to terrifying and beautiful new settings, while also bringing back some iconic locations and characters — not to mention millions of mini-zombies. The upcoming installment marks producer David Fincher’s first time directing animation.

Now one can watch the new behind-the-scenes featurette to understand this amazing creation.

Farzar: The NSFW first trailer for this new adult animated sci-fi comedy is out. The series is the inaugural project of the multi-year deal the streamer signed back in early 2021 with Roger Black and Waco O’Guin (Brickleberry and Paradise PD). The series will have 10-episodes in the first season.

Farzar is about Prince Fichael and his misfit crew called the “S.H.A.T” squad who venture out of their domed human city to fight the evil aliens that want to kill and/or eat them. As they begin their journey, they quickly discover that all is not what it seems.

The voice cast includes David Kaye,Jerry Minor,Lance Reddick and many others.

exception: Feast your eyes on these out-of-this-world images from the upcoming space horror anime series about mankind’s move to a new planet with the help of a technologically advanced 3D printer that also may come back to hurt them. 

Moonrise: Here is a first look at the poster for the new anime series from novelist and screenwriter Tou Ubukata, director Masashi Koizuka and WIT STUDIO. 

Set in a futuristic world where humans inhabit both the Earth and the Moon, a young man from Earth enlists in the army to attack rebels on the Moon, only to find that his former best friend has become his enemy.

The Seven Deadly Sins: The Grudge of Edinburgh: This anime film is a two-part Seven Deadly Sins sequel film, based on the spin-off story by Nakaba Suzuki.  The Seven Deadly Sins is a mega-hit with over 37 million copies sold and winning in the children’s category of the 39th Kodansha Manga Award.

The official synopsis reads: Split into two parts, the story will follow Tristan, the son of The Seven Deadly Sins protagonists Meliodas and Elizabeth. Tristan inherits the power of the Goddess Clan and can heal people’s wounds and injuries, but he often ends up hurting others due to his inability to control his Demon Clan power. To protect his family, Tristan heads to Edinburgh Castle and meets a host of new friends along the way.

Here are the characters from The Seven Deadly Sins: The Grudge of Edinburgh.

Inside Job: It is an animated series created by Shion Takeuchi, the writer of Gravity Falls, Disenchantment and executive producer Alex Hirsch (Gravity Falls). Netflix shares the first look of the second part.

Inside Job is an adult animated comedy about the shadow government – and the dysfunctional team whose daily grind is committing the world’s conspiracies. From convoluted cover-ups to secret societies to masked orgy etiquette, navigating office culture at Cognito Inc. can be tricky, especially for anti-social tech genius Reagan Ridley. Even in a workplace filled with reptilian shapeshifters and psychic mushrooms, she’s seen as the odd one out for believing the world could be a better place. Reagan thinks she can make a difference, if only she could manage her unhinged, manifesto-writing father and her irresponsible coworkers, to finally snag the promotion she’s been dreaming about.

Uncle From Another World: Geeked brings the first look images from the upcoming anime adaptation of Hotondoshindeiru’s beloved manga of the same name, about a young man’s uncle who wakes from a 17-year coma with magical powers and a newfound love for video games.

Kong: Skull Island: The live-action movie Kong: Skull Island did create a stir at the box office when it was released back in 2017. Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts and scripted by John Gatins and Max Borenstein, the movie was produced by Legendary’s John Jashni and Thomas Tull, along with Mary Parent. 

The first look at this animated series based on Kong: Skull Island is here. It will be following a group of shipwrecked characters trying to escape from the dangerous titular island home to prehistoric monsters, including the King himself.

Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre: This is a new anime based on horror manga artist Junji Ito’s various stories and will debut in 2023. The anime will include 20 stories from Ito’s works that will be animated for the first time.

Geeked brings the behind the scenes of this new anime series straight from the definitive master of horror in manga himself, Junji Ito. 

Cyberpunk: Edgerunners: The fans of the video game Cyberpunk 2077 (deeply influenced by classic anime) can rejoice,  as Netflix brings a new teaser and poster for this upcoming anime series based on the fan-favorite video game. It is an anime story of its own, with a gorgeously animated city just waiting to be explored.

Cyberpunk: Edgerunners will introduce a new protagonist, a street kid making his way through a fraught urban environment plagued by techno warfare and body modification. In order to survive, he joins a crew of mercenaries — the edgerunners, otherwise known as cyberpunks. The trailer gives us a brief, tantalizing glimpse at the show’s neon-drenched setting and just a bit of its high-octane action, including what looks like a very Matrix Reloaded bike chase. 

The series is produced by CD Projekt Red, the developer of Cyberpunk 2077. And its anime work is done by Studio Trigger (Little Witch Academia). The series hits Netflix this September.

Here is a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Cyberpunk: Edgerunners:

Masters of the Universe: Buckle up for a return trip to Eternia with this exciting news about Kevin Smith’s star-studded sequel to the beloved ’80s franchise. The series stars Mark Hamill, Lena Headey, Chris Wood and so on.

The Netflix 2D animation series has two seasons on the platform. The second part started off from where the iconic characters left off decades ago. After a tug of war between He-Man and Skeletor, Eternia is fractured and the Guardians of Grayskull are scattered. They have been shattered and Teela who tries to reunite to reunite the broken band of heroes and solve the mystery of the missing Sword of Power in a race against time to restore Eternia and prevent the end of the universe. 

Geeked Week runs this week on social media platforms including YouTube,  Twitter, Twitch, Facebook and TikTok. To catch the missed shows one can follow their website.

‘The Sandman’ live-action adaption drops on Netflix this August

Netflix announced the release date of its most awaited live-action adaption of The Sandman.

During the first day of Netflix’s Geeked Week, the streamer has revealed that The Sandman series will premiere on 5 August.

The OTT platform has dropped the new trailer which features the protagonist Dream, who is one of the endless seven. In the graphic novel endless is called destiny, death, desire, despair, delirium, and destruction.

When the Sandman, aka Dream (Tom Sturridge) – the powerful cosmic being who controls all our dreams – is unexpectedly captured and held prisoner for over a century, he must journey across different worlds and timelines to fix the chaos his absence has caused.

Based on the beloved award-winning DC comic series written by Neil Gaiman, The Sandman is a rich, character-driven blend of myth and dark fantasy woven together over the course of ten epic chapters following Dream’s many adventures. Developed and executive produced by Gaiman, showrunner Allan Heinberg, and David S. Goyer,

The Sandman is produced by Warner Bros. Television. The series also stars Boyd Holbrook, Patton Oswalt, Vivienne Acheampong, Gwendoline Christie, Charles Dance, Jenna Coleman, David Thewlis, Stephen Fry, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Mason Alexander Park, Donna Preston, Vanesu Samunyai , John Cameron Mitchell, Asim Chaudhry, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Joely Richardson, Niamh Walsh, Sandra James-Young, Razane Jammal and Mark Hamill.

Netflix’s reveals the first clip and new images of ‘League of Legends’’ ‘Arcane’ series

Netflix’s Geeked Week which is a virtual fan-facing event revealing first looks and celebrating all things genre entertainment at Netflix is full of surprises and revelations. The streamer has unveiled the first clip and new set of images for Arcane, the most awaited CG series set in the world of popular game League of Legends.

The series is all set to premiere this fall.

The two minute long clip features Jinx exploring the ruins of an old arcade. She begins reassembling one of the machines before a flurry of flashback scenes of her past appears. Next, Jinx’s rage begins to boil over as she racks up a high score on the physical game.

The story is set in the utopian region of Piltover and the oppressed underground of Zaun and features the origins of two iconic League champions-and the power that will tear them apart. 

There is also the first-ever Q&A with Arcane co-creators Christian Linke and Alex Yee along  with gaming expert Geoff  Keighley to discuss what went into creating this League of Legends adaptation.

Arcane is being developed and produced by Riot Games. The anime marks Riot Games’ first TV series which the game maker is producing along with Fortiche Productions. Fortiche is also credited for its work in various music videos, game cinematics, and other League of Legends advertisements. 

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