Junji Ito Maniac Season 1 Review – A decent but flawed horror anthology


Episode Guide

Episode 1 -| Review Score – 4.5/5
Episode 2 -|Review Score – 5/5
Episode 3 -|Review Score – 4.5/5
Episode 4 -|Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 5 -|Review Score – 4/5
Episode 6 -|Review Score – 4.5/5
Episode 7 -| Review Score – 4.5/5
Episode 8 -|Review Score – 5/5
Episode 9 -|Review Score – 4.5/5
Episode 10 -|Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 11 -|Review Score – 4/5
Episode 12 -|Review Score – 4.5/5


Junji Ito is well-known for his twisted and distinctive slant of horror manga. His books have captivated audiences the world over and whether or not it’s one thing so simple as spirals or as thematical as a murderous girl hell-bent on revenge, these tales are normally accompanied by gripping artwork-work.

Netflix, by no means one to overlook a trick, host Junji Ito’s newest assortment, aptly titled Maniac: Tales of the Japanese Macabre. Through the 12 episodes, 20 of Ito’s tales are dropped at life with various levels of success. Of course, given a few of the authentic tales finish abruptly or in a disappointing method, its maybe not shocking to seek out the identical right here.

Maniac is a little bit of a combined bag in that respect, as some episodes have two tales lumped collectively which messes up the tone and pacing. Some of the blame may also be attributed to the musical rating too, which generally adopts a humorous or slice of life tone that undermines the horror being proven. It’s a small level but one which turns into extra noticeable the longer the sequence wears on for. It’s one more instance of simply how essential music is on this medium.

Ironically, the episodes that do one of the best listed below are those given the complete 22 minute size to discover their very own themes. ‘Tomb Town’ is a superb instance of this, with a sluggish-burn dread increase over time to a extremely stable and effectively written ending. By comparability, episodes like ‘Ice Cream Man’ or ‘Four X Four Walls’ are crying out for extra time to discover their themes.

The artwork type throughout the board is improbable although and aside from a number of wonky bits of CGI and darker outlines in opposition to actually skinny traces (the automobile in Tomb Town for instance stands out for all of the flawed causes) on the entire, all the pieces seems to be nice and seeing Junji Ito’s work in color is at all times a deal with.

Maniac is much from good, particularly given the bizarre tone a few of these episodes undertake. However, there’s sufficient good right here to outweigh the dangerous. There’s numerous thematic weight to this assortment, evidenced by the theme of teenage suicide operating in ‘Hanging Balloons’. While it doesn’t at all times hit the heights of horror greatness, in the event you’re unfamiliar with Ito’s work, this can be a adequate place to begin.

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