Horror Anime Uzumaki Storyboard Taken Right From Junji Ito's Manga

Junji Ito's horror-manga masterpiece Uzumaki is being adapted into a four-part anime, but concerns with their scheduled deadlines due to the COVID-19 have been very apparent. Still, it is clear from the following storyboard stills, linked on Twitter from the official Uzumaki anime profile, that its team is on-schedule and still working diligently to ensure that the anime is released right on time.

The VIZ Media cover for Junji Ito's terrifying horror manga Uzumaki, which will soon be adapted into an anime series.
The VIZ Media cover for Junji Ito's terrifying horror manga Uzumaki, which will soon be adapted into an anime series.

Content Warning: The storyboard stills you are about to see for Uzumaki are not for the faint of heart. Also, we need to give a spoiler alert, but if you're looking at storyboards for an anime, we'd wager you're not worried about that as much.

The anime team behind Uzumaki has posted a tweet with four storyboard images, each equally horrifying, and each horrifying in different ways. They are directly taken from their respective, pivotal scenes from the classic manga by Junji Ito. The team supplemented these stills with the following message:

UZUMAKI fans, we are working hard on the series and will have more updates for you soon. In the meantime, here's a quick look at some storyboards for episode one. As you can see, we are using Ito-san's manga as our guide! We can't wait to terrify you all…

As for the stills themselves, we have them here for your viewing pleasure. Prepare yourselves – these are not for the faint-hearted, NSFW, and definitely not for children.

The first storyboard still from Junji Ito's anime adaptation of his classic manga, Uzumaki.
The first storyboard still from Junji Ito's anime adaptation of his classic manga, Uzumaki.

The above still is probably the most tame of the four but still gives us the creeps. Moving on!

The second storyboard still from Junji Ito's anime adaptation of his classic manga, Uzumaki.
The second storyboard still from Junji Ito's anime adaptation of his classic manga, Uzumaki.

That one… That one is too much for us. Gore is very prevalent in Junji Ito's horrific manga, and so too in the anime, which will be featured some time soon on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim (speculation points to later this year, perhaps in October, but there is no definitive date of premiere yet).

The third storyboard still from Junji Ito's anime adaptation of his classic manga, Uzumaki.
The third storyboard still from Junji Ito's anime adaptation of his classic manga, Uzumaki.

The above image from the storyboard of Uzumaki is a lot to take in, but by this point we are already too scared stiff by the second one to be quite as phased. Still, that's terrifying! And last, we have…

The fourth storyboard still from Junji Ito's anime adaptation of his classic manga, Uzumaki.
The fourth storyboard still from Junji Ito's anime adaptation of his classic manga, Uzumaki.

This last image shows a highly-iconic scene from the manga, as adapted for the anime. It is no less frightening than it was in the manga, nor is it less scary than the other three, at least to us. What do you think of these storyboards for Uzumaki? Are you ready to take this horror-anime on? Have you read the manga? What did you take away from it? Let us know in the comments below!

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