Junji Ito Maniac: Tales of the Macabre is an upcoming Netflix anime collection that might be adapting numerous Junji Ito Collection tales. Initially, there have been talks about adapting more stories from the Tomie and Souichi Tsujii anthology collections, and at one level, “The Hanging Balloons” was thought-about. Since then, only five stories have been confirmed to be tailored into the brand new anime anthology: “The Unusual Hikizuri Siblings: The Seance,” “The Lengthy Hair in The Attic,” “Insufferable Labyrinth,” “The Bully” and “The Den of the Sleep Demon.”
Though no additional tales have since been introduced, it is onerous to consider a brand new Junji Ito anime that does not embody the horror mangaka’s more iconic characters like Tomie and Souichi, each of whom had been featured within the Junji Ito Collection anime from 2018. In reality, Souichi had three of his tales tailored within the earlier anime anthology: “Souichi’s Handy Curse,” “Fabric Instructor” and “Rumors.” Whereas all three tales are main hits in their very own proper, there are much more iconic Souichi stories the new anime could benefit from spotlighting.
Enjoyable Summer time Trip
Souichi Tsujii’s first look is in a narrative known as “Enjoyable Summer time Trip” that introduces his members of the family, most notably his siblings Kouichi and Sayuri, in addition to his dad and mom. The story additionally introduces his cousins Michina and Yusuke Hirose, each of whom reside in Tokyo. The story begins with Michina and Yusuke taking a prepare to the countryside, the place Souichi and his household reside, to fulfill them for the primary time and spend their summer time trip with them. Michina and Yusuke hit it off with Souichi’s dad and mom and siblings straight away, however not with Souichi himself.
When Michina and Yusuke first meet Souichi, they be taught that he’s shy and tends to cover in his room so much. At some point after they catch Souichi speaking to dolls in his room, they uncover that he retains nails in his mouth for his iron consumption, as he’s anemic. Souichi’s unusual habits scares Michina and Yusuke, and he’s subsequently scolded by his older brother Kouichi, marking the beginning of Souichi’s hatred of his cousins. All through the story, Souichi makes use of numerous curses to torment his cousins till they depart after every week.
Enjoyable Winter Trip
As a sequel to “Enjoyable Summer time Trip,” Souichi makes his second look in “Enjoyable Winter Trip,” during which he meets Yumiko Fukaya, a feminine classmate of his cousin Yusuke. Whereas the story is primarily informed from Yumiko’s perspective, it does showcase how Souichi picks his victims. As a personality who already has a penchant for the occult and makes use of curses to play pranks on folks, Souichi is understood to primarily goal his members of the family — specifically, his cousins Michina and Yusuke. Once they’re not round to be his unwilling victims, Souichi tends to focus on whoever he occurs to come across.
Initially from Tokyo, Yumiko travels by herself to the countryside for the winter holidays however makes a pit cease in Souichi’s hometown. When she first encounters Souichi on the road, she asks for instructions to the closest vacation cottage, just for Souichi to level her within the course of a spooky cedar forest the place he retains his voodoo dolls. After Souichi isolates her within the woods, he has her fall right into a freezing puddle and bites her neck like a vampire. This causes Yumiko to return down with a nasty chilly, and she or he is introduced again to the Tsujii family by Kouichi. Throughout her time recovering there, Souichi continues to play psychological pranks on her, and at one level manages to curse Yusuke from afar.
Souichi’s Diary of Delights
The ultimate installment of Souichi’s introduction storyline is “Souichi’s Diary of Delights,” which solidifies his character motivation and explores the several types of curses he can inflict. For this story, Michina and Yuusuke return to the Tsujii family for the summer time — solely this time, Michina decides to try to befriend her unusual cousin, pondering he behaves the best way he does out of loneliness. When she goes to greet him, she rapidly learns that he has not forgiven her for the slap within the face that resulted in severe accidents. As such, he makes her suppose he grew tentacles on the websites of damage and methods her into dumping a tray of mud on herself.
When Souichi runs off after his merciless prank on Michina, her brother and cousins exit to search for him. Whereas ready inside the home, Michina discovers Souichi’s diary and a love letter he wrote to a feminine classmate. Eager to get perception into the kind of particular person he’s, Michina reads some entries in his diary and learns to her horror that he makes a speciality of numerous curses and was personally answerable for her brother’s accident in Tokyo throughout the winter holidays as a means of stopping their go to. She additionally involves the conclusion that Souichi hates her probably the most. When Souichi discovers that Michina took his diary and love letter, he locations a curse on her that is solely lifted after she reads his love letter to his classmate to the remainder of the household.
Within the earlier tales, it has been recognized that Souichi is the uncared for little one of the household attributable to his unusual habits and is even abused by his older brother. What hasn’t been explored is the folks in his life who truly give him affection aside from his cousin Michina making an attempt to determine a connection. In “Souchi’s Birthday,” his deceased grandmother is launched, together with an imaginary twin brother. Whereas the grandmother was recognized to spoil Souichi on his birthdays, her absence spotlights how extremely lonely he’s.
As revealed in “Souchi’s Birthday,” the titular prankster shares a birthday along with his cousin Michina, who visits the Tsujii household on that day. Because the Tsujii household celebrates Michina’s birthday, Souichi observes that he is being excluded from the celebration. When he sees that his personal mom solely ready a cake for his cousin and utterly forgot about him, it intensifies his hatred of Michina, and he decides to make her birthday celebration a depressing expertise. He torments Michina by summoning the ghost of his deceased grandmother and his imaginary twin brother. Nonetheless, as soon as he sees Michina left him a chunk of cake in his room and a “Completely satisfied Birthday” card, he softens up and stops tormenting her.
Secret of the Haunted Mansion/The Souichi Entrance
Whereas Souichi as a baby is a difficult prankster, as an grownup, he’s even deadlier, because the two-part story “Secret of the Haunted Mansion” and “The Souichi Entrance” reveal. Within the story, an grownup Souichi opens a haunted home as a serious attraction within the countryside, however the home is not set as much as give his prospects a correct scare. As a substitute, the home accommodates his cannibalistic son Binzo along with his spouse Fuchi (from “Style Mannequin” and “Rumors”), the place he has enslaved all of his members of the family. When prospects enter the haunted home, it’s a literal run for his or her lives, as they’ve to have the ability to enter and exit the home with out being killed and eaten within the course of. In “Secret of the Haunted Mansion,” just one child makes it out alive.
Within the follow-up story, “The Souichi Entrance,” an grownup Michina visits the hometown of the Tsujii household with a purpose to examine their disappearance. Throughout her keep, she sees that youngsters who survived Souichi’s haunted home have acquired his character traits. This offers her the lead she must find Souichi and her lacking prolonged members of the family. When she finds them, nevertheless, she sees that they’re sick; they’re utterly malnourished and have aged at an alarming fee. When Michina reunites with Souichi, he tries to get his cannibalistic son to eat her, however the son decides to go after his father as an alternative. Whereas working for his life, Souichi encounters his spouse Fuchi, who proceeds to eat him.
On condition that Souichi’s tales are so ripe with each horror and humor, it will be silly to not embody him within the new Junji Ito Maniac anime.