Adult Swim announced that Toonami and Production IG will produced a four episodes anime mini-series based on Junji Ito's "Uzumaki" supernatural horror manga series. The anime series is scheduled to premiere on Adult Swim's Toonami block before Japan in 2020. In addition, the anime will be produced entirely in black and white.
Ito published the seinen horror manga series in the weekly manga magazine Big Comic Spirits from 1998 to 1999. The manga received two video games. The first game, Uzumaki: Denshi Kaiki Hen (Spiral -Power Vision Strange Edition-), was released on February 3, 2000. The second game, titled Uzumaki: Noroi Simulation (Spiral -Curse Simulation-), was released on March 4, 2000. A Japanese live-action film directed by Higunchinsky was released in 2000.
The series tells the story of the citizens of Kurōzu-cho, a fictional city which is plagued by a supernatural curse involving spirals. The story for Uzumaki originated when Ito attempted to write a story about people living in a very long terraced house, and he was inspired to use a spiral shape to achieve the desired length. Ito believes the horror of Uzumaki is effective due to its subversion of symbols which are positively portrayed in Japanese media, and its theme of protagonists struggling against a mysterious force stronger than themselves.
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