Junji Ito Collection

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Junji Ito Collection
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伊藤潤二『コレクション』
(Itō Junji "Korekushon")
GenreHorror[1]
Anime television series
Directed byShinobu Tagashira
Written byKaoru Sawada
Music byYuki Hayashi
StudioStudio Deen
Licensed by
Original networkWOWOW, Tokyo MX
Original run January 5, 2018 March 23, 2018
Episodes12 + 2 OVAs (List of episodes)
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Junji Ito Collection (Japanese: 伊藤潤二『コレクション』, Hepburn: Itō Junji "Korekushon") is a horror anime anthology series adapted from the works of manga artist Junji Ito. Animated by Studio Deen, the anime adapts stories from several of Ito's collections. The series premiered on January 5, 2018, and ran for 12 episodes, accompanied by the release of two OVAs. The series was co-produced by Crunchyroll and began broadcasting on that service worldwide outside of Asia in eight languages on the same day.[2]

Voice cast[edit]

Character[3] Japanese[3] English[4]
Fuchi Mami Koyama Terri Doty
Kota Kawai Hiro Shimono Clifford Chapin
Oshikiri Hiro Shimono Micah Solusod
Sugio Hiro Shimono Josh Grelle
Tomie Rie Suegara Monica Rial
Souichi Yūji Mitsuya Austin Tindle
Handsome Man at the Crossroads Hikaru Midorikawa Daman Mills
Yuko Kaori Nazuka Kristen McGuire
Tamae Kaori Nazuka Megan Emerick
Mio Fujii Kaori Nazuka Megan Shipman
Leiliya Kaori Nazuka Katelyn Barr
Watanabe Kaori Nazuka Kristi Kang
Ryou Tsukano Yūki Kaji Kiba Walker[5]
Yuji Ryōhei Kimura Chris Burnett
Hiroshi Sakaguchi Ryōhei Kimura Matt Shipman[6]
Yoshiyuki Ryōhei Kimura Kyle Phillips
Kitagawa Ryōhei Kimura Kyle Phillips
Yasumin Ryōhei Kimura Brian Olvera
Haruhiko Kitawaki Nobunaga Shimazaki Jason Liebrecht
Kuroda Daisuke Namikawa David Wald
Yukihiko Kitawaki Daisuke Namikawa John Burgmeier
Yamada Daisuke Hirakawa Stephen Fu
Makoto Tokura Daisuke Hirakawa Eric Vale
Koichi Yoshimasa Hosoya Ricco Fajardo
Oda Yoshimasa Hosoya Brad Hawkins
Makita Shuichi Yoshimasa Hosoya Christopher Wehkamp
Aoyama Yoshimasa Hosoya Jeff Johnson
Joe Yoshimasa Hosoya Garret Storms
Hikaru Shibayama Yoshimasa Hosoya Nazeeh Tarsha
Kameda Yoshimasa Hosoya Brandon McInnis
Ryusuke Fukada Hiroyuki Yoshino Aaron Dismuke
Kishimoto Hiroyuki Yoshino Anthony Bowling
Anzai Hiroyuki Yoshino Kyle Igneczi
Goro Hiroyuki Yoshino Greg Ayres
Numake Kujira Laurie Steele
Tomoka Natsumi Takamori Lara Woodhull
Setsuko Romi Park Jo Lorio
Riruko Romi Park Anastasia Muñoz
Riko Yōko Hikasa Alexis Tipton
Saiko Kaori Mizuhashi Jeannie Tirado
Sayuri Yuka Saito Amber Lee Connors
Midori Yuka Saito Amanda Lee
Rie Yuka Saito Natalie Hoover
Kinuko Hidaka Yuka Saito Felecia Angelle
Nana Horie Yuka Saito Emily Neves
Maiko Yuka Saito Dawn M. Bennett
Arieda Yuka Saito TBA
Hideo Tomokazu Sugita Alejandro Saab
Marie Tomoe Hanba Tia Ballard
Yanagida Kentarō Itō Barry Yandell
Soga Hitomi Nabatame Jessica Cavanagh
Nakayama M·A·O Krystal LaPorte
Ogawa Aya Uchida Margaret McDonald
Risa Fumiko Orikasa Caitlin Glass
Ringmaster Masashi Ebara Philip Weber
Mario Takashi Kondō Brandon McInnis
Young man Akira Ishida Adam Gibbs
Kana Maki Shintaku Leah Clark
Mitsuo Mori Hozumi Gōda Mike McFarland
Masuda Hozumi Gōda Ian Ferguson
Iwata Tadao Masakazu Hara Brian Mathis
Iwasaki Daisuke Kishio David Matranga
Yui Risa Taneda Jill Harris
Kanako Akeno Watanabe Stephanie Young
Numata Naoya Uchida Keith Kubal
Toshio Marina Inoue Jacob Browning
Ogi Setsuji Satō Chris Guerrero
Ōtsuka Kenshō Ono Justin Briner
Midori Mai Nakahara Dani Chambers

Production[edit]

The anime was first announced June 30, 2017 via Junji Ito's page on the Asahi Shimbun website.[7] In August, the adaptation was confirmed to be a television series with animation by Studio Deen.[8] Shinobu Tagashira, known for his directorial work on Diabolik Lovers, directed and created the character design for the anime. [8][9] The announcement also revealed that the series would adapt from two of Ito's manga collections, the 11 volume Junji Ito Masterpiece Collection and the single volume Fragments of Horror,[8] but did not specify which stories would be adapted, as the staff wanted viewers to be surprised when the show aired.[1] The series revealed its official title on October 12, 2017,[1] and also announced that Kaoru Sawada was scripting the series, Hozumi Gōda was serving as sound director, and that Yuki Hayashi would compose the music for the series.[1] The series will also include two OVAs, which will adapt Ito's Tomie manga.[10]

The opening theme song, "The Writhing in Agony Blues" (七転八倒のブルース, Shichitenbattō no Burūsu), will be performed by The Pinballs,[11] while the ending theme song, "Mutual Universe" (互いの宇宙, Tagai no Uchū), will be performed by JYOCHO.[3]

Release[edit]

The series was initially scheduled to premiere on Tokyo MX on January 7, 2018,[1] but was later announced for an January 5 premiere on WOWOW's Anime Premium programming block.[12] Additionally, the series received an advance showing on December 23, 2017, which was attended by Ito and voice actor Yūji Mitsuya.[13] The series is being simulcast on Crunchyroll worldwide outside of Asia, and Funimation began streaming a simuldub on January 20, 2018.[14][15]

The series run for 12 episodes and was released as three separate sets on DVD, on March 30, 2018, April 27, 2018, and May 25, 2018. The second and third sets each include an OVA episode.[10]

No. Title[a] Original airdate
1"Souichi’s Convenient Curse"

"Hell Doll Funeral"
January 5, 2018
2"Fashion Model"

"The Long Dream"
January 12, 2018
3"Boy at the Crossroads"

"Slug Girl"
January 19, 2018
4"Shiver"

"Marionette Mansion"
January 26, 2018
5"The Ongoing Tale of Oshikiri Collection"

"Cloth Teacher"
February 2, 2018
6"Window Next Door"

"Gentle Goodbye"
February 9, 2018
7"Used Record"

"Town of No Roads"
February 16, 2018
8"Honored Ancestors"

"The Circus Comes to Town"
February 23, 2018
9"Painter"

"Blood-bubble Bushes"
March 2, 2018
10"Greased"

"Bridge"
March 9, 2018
11"Supernatural Transfer Student"

"Scarecrow"
March 16, 2018
12"Smashed"

"Rumors"
March 23, 2018
OVA 1"Tomie Part 1" (「富江」Part1)April 27, 2018
OVA 2"Tomie Part 2" (「富江」Part2)May 25, 2018

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The English episode titles are taken from Crunchyroll.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Junji Ito 'Collection' Anime Reveals Visual, Staff, January 7 Premiere". Anime News Network. October 12, 2017. Archived from the original on December 1, 2017. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
  2. ^ "Crunchyroll Announces Winter 2018 Simulcast License Acquisitions". Crunchyroll. January 8, 2018. Archived from the original on January 31, 2018. Retrieved February 4, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c "Junji Ito 'Collection' Anime Reveals 13 Cast Members, JYOCHO Song". Anime News Network. December 4, 2017. Archived from the original on January 6, 2018. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
  4. ^ "Junji Ito Collection English Cast & Crew". www.funimation.com. Retrieved 2018-01-22.
  5. ^ Walker, Kiba. "VA announcement". Twitter. @kibawalkerVA. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  6. ^ Shipman, Matt. "Hey, I'm Hiroshi in this week's Junji Ito Collection ep! Next door neighbors can be pretty creepy... Thanks for having me play a rational horror character @MikeMcFarlandVA!". @MattShipmanVO. Retrieved 2018-02-26.
  7. ^ "Work by Horror Manga Artist Junji Ito Gets Anime Adaptation". Anime News Network. June 30, 2017. Archived from the original on October 31, 2017. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
  8. ^ a b c "Junji Ito Anime's Website Reveals Staff, Visual, Winter 2018 TV Premiere". Anime News Network. August 10, 2017. Archived from the original on November 8, 2017. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
  9. ^ "Beautiful Horror at ACG_Labo's Junji Itō : Collection Exhibit - Manga Planet". Manga Planet. 2018-02-22. Retrieved 2018-02-23.
  10. ^ a b "Junji Ito 'Collection' Anime Listed With 12 TV Episodes, 2 OVA Episodes". Anime News Network. December 25, 2017. Archived from the original on January 6, 2018. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
  11. ^ "Junji Ito 'Collection' Anime's Promo Video Previews Theme Song". Anime News Network. November 30, 2017. Archived from the original on December 15, 2017. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
  12. ^ "Junji Ito 'Collection' Anime Sets Earlier January 5 Premiere". Anime News Network. November 7, 2017. Archived from the original on December 28, 2017. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
  13. ^ "Junji Ito 'Collection' Anime Casts Hikaru Midorikawa, Mami Koyama, Rie Suegara". Anime News Network. November 22, 2017. Archived from the original on January 6, 2018. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
  14. ^ "Crunchyroll, Funimation Announce 7 Anime for Winter 2018 Simulcast Season". Anime News Network. December 14, 2017. Archived from the original on December 14, 2017. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
  15. ^ "Funimation Announces Simuldub Premiere Dates". Anime News Network. January 11, 2018. Retrieved January 23, 2018.
  16. ^ "Junji Ito Collection". Crunchyroll. Retrieved February 10, 2018.

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