Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre [anime]

 Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre [anime]

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS WITH ALL MY HEART. IT FEELS LIKE ANY TIME THE ANIMATION HAD A CHOICE HOW TO DEPICT ANYTHING THEY TOOK THE WORST POSSIBLE OPTION. THAT SOUNDS LIKE A NEGETIVE, BUT IT'S NOT. JUNJI ITO TRANSLATIONS TO ANIMATION NORMALLY KINDA SUCK, HIS COMICS ARE MORE ABOUT A PREMISE AND A VIBE AND A CERTAIN NUMBER OF SPECIFIC HORROR PANELS AND EVERYTHING ELSE IS CONNECTIVE TISSUE BETWEEN THOSE THINGS. MOST ADAPTATIONS TRY TO FLESH OUT THE LOOSE CONNECTIONS AND END UP WATERING EVERYTHING DOWN. THIS TRANSLATED EVERYTHING IN A WEIRDLY HYPER LITERAL WAY. LIKE THERE IS SO MANY PLACES THE ORIGINAL STORY IS LIKE 5 PAGES LONG SO A BUNCH OF INDETERMINATE TIME IS MEANT TO BE PASSING BETWEEN PANELS. IN THIS THERE IS TONS OF EXAMPLES OF SOMEONE ENDING A CONVERSATION THEN IMMEDIATELY WITH NO PAUSE STARTING THE NEXT CONVERSATION, EVEN THOUGH IN THE COMIC YOU'D CLEARLY ASSUME IT WAS DAYS OR WEEKS LATER THAT HAPPENED. OR LIKE, THERE IS A PART THEY ASK SOMEONE FOR A FLASHLIGHT AND CLEARLY IN THE COMIC HE WALKED SOMEWHERE AND GOT A FLASHLIGHT OFF PANEL, BUT IN THIS THE FLASHLIGHT IS JUST BIZARRELY SITTING ON THE FLOOR IN FRONT OF HIM. AND LIKE SO MANY THINGS PHYSICALLY MAKE NO SENSE, BECAUSE THEY HAVE TO TRANSITION FROM RECREATION OF ONE PANEL TO THE NEXT PANEL. AND THIS ALL SEEMS LIKE COMPLAINING BUT IT'S *NOT*, THIS IS THE ACTUAL SECRET WAY TO DO JUNJI ITO IN ANIMATION. JUST MAKE THE MUNDANE IN BETWEEN PARTS ALL FUCKED UP IN A WEIRD UNSETTLING WAY. LIKE THAT IS HOW A DREAM WORKS, YOU JUST PICK A FLASHLIGHT OFF THE GROUND THAT WASN'T THERE UNTIL IT WAS RELEVANT, PEOPLE JUMP BETWEEN LOCATIONS OR ONE PLACE IS SUDDENLY ANOTHER PLACE. IT FEELS TOTALLY UNINTENTIONAL BUT IT WORKS SO SHOCKINGLY WELL. LIKE THEY MADE IT ALL WRONG AND THAT WAS THE BEST POSSIBLE WAY TO MAKE IT. 

PS. THE REAL MARK OF QUALITY IS I WATCHED A FEW EPISODES EVERY NIGHT BEFORE BED AND LITERALLY MULTIPLE TIMES I ENDED UP HAVING DREAMS ABOUT THE STORIES. LIKE, THAT IS SO PERFECTLY THE JUDGE OF THE QUALITY OF SOMETHING LIKE THIS. 

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