The horror side of anime tends to not get a lot of attention but when it comes to Junji Ito, lots of attention is paid. The creator has a new project that’s in the works with an anime TV adaptation of Uzumaki, which will be done as a four-episode event piece miniseries in 2020. It’s got Hiroshi Nagahama of Mushi-shi directing with Production I.G animating. It’s also getting distribution through Toonami in the US before Japan. Even more intriguing to some will be that Colin Stetson of Hereditary is coming on board to compose the music.
Now, our first bit of casting news has finally come through in that Uki Satake has joined the production to take on the role of Kirie Goshima. We’re still expecting this to be a Halloween-period release this year but nothing has been said overall for some time. Check out the spot below about the announcement.
Uki Satake to voice Kirie Goshima in the Japanese version of Uzumaki Anime. pic.twitter.com/vxQAvKLy4U
— UzumakiAnime (@UzumakiAnime1) July 8, 2020
Plot Concept: Kurozu-cho, a small fog-bound town on the coast of Japan, is cursed. According to Shuichi Saito, the withdrawn boyfriend of teenager Kirie Goshima, their town is haunted not by a person or being but by a pattern: uzumaki, the spiral, the hypnotic secret shape of the world.
It manifests itself in everything from seashells and whirlpools in water to the spiral marks on people’s bodies, the insane obsessions of Shuichi’s father and the voice from the cochlea in our inner ear. As the madness spreads, the inhabitants of Kurozu-cho are pulled ever deeper into a whirlpool from which there is no return!