1 April 2018 | Tweekums
Junji Ito Collection
Unlike most anime series this one doesn't have a single story running through all twelve episodes or even the same group of characters. Instead each episode contains a couple of short horror stories which don't appear to have any connection to each other apart from the art style; at least until the final story when a couple of previously seen characters return. As one might guess from the title they are based on stories created by manga artist Junji Ito.
The stories are nicely varied; most have a good degree of creepiness although inevitably some work better than others. I liked the art style; it suits the genre far better than the more traditional look of anime characters. Comments I've read elsewhere suggest it isn't as good as the original manga but as I've not read any of that I can't compare it; as a standalone work it is effectively creepy if not really scary. Overall I'd recommend it to those who enjoyed shows like 'Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories'.
These comments are based on watching the series in Japanese with English subtitles.