The Eisner Awards are a major deal in the North American comic book and manga industries that import their works from the East, and the most recent award ceremony gave out a lot of Eisners to creators of both media.
Junji Ito, the master of horror who has already won several Eisners, appears to have done it again. Junji Ito is receiving the Eisner award for a recent anthology series that is among the creepiest of the manga artist’s works.
What’s more, Ito has a bright and terrifying future ahead of him with two new anime shows on the horizon.
Junji Ito’s Lovesickness and its Eisner award win
Ito’s Lovesickness won the prize for “Best U.S. Edition of International Material,” which is quite an accomplishment given the competition the horror mangaka faced. The anthology series featured stories about a mystery woman prowling the foggy streets of Japan, among other things.
Tatsuki Fujimoto’s Chainsaw Man, Naoya Matsumoto’s Kaiju No. 8, Toranosuke Shimada’s Robo Sapiens: Tales of Tomorrow, Tatsuya Endo’s Spy x Family, and Haro Aso’s Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead were among the other nominees in this category.
Viz Media congratulated the maestro of horror on his most recent Eisner Award via its official Twitter account:
Junji Ito has won two previous Eisner Awards for his work on Venus in the Blind Spot and Remina, so this is far from the first time the manga artist has done so. His first was for his adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.
Junji Ito’s upcoming maniac
During Netflix’s Geeked Week livestream, Ito personally announced the impending horror anthology project based on the works of the Eisner Award-winning novelist. He announced that he has chosen 20 of his works to be animated for the first time and added, “I’m thrilled to offer a new project based on my manga called Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre.”
During the stream, he treated viewers by revealing three of those stories: Souichi, The Hanging Balloons, and his first manga, Tomie. He added, “Please wait for additional announcements, as we have not yet confirmed which Tomie and Souichi stories will be translated.”
There are more animated versions of Ito’s stories in development besides the current anthology. Uzumaki, one of Ito’s best-known stories, is now being adapted by the animation studio Production IG (Ghost in the Shell), although its October Adult Swim premiere date has been postponed indefinitely.
Which of Junji Ito’s frightening tales is your favorite? What are your thoughts as Junji Ito receives an Eisner award? What spooky story would you like to see adapted into an anime? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.