5 Souichi Stories We’d Love To See In The Netflix Anime


Junji Ito Maniac: Tales of the Macabre is an upcoming Netflix animated series that will adapt various Junji Ito collection stories. Initially, there were talks about adapting more stories from the Tomie and Souichi Tsujii anthology collections, and at one point “The Hanging Balloons” was considered. Since then, only five stories have been confirmed to be adapted into the new anime anthology: “The Strange Hikizuri Siblings: The Seance”, “The Long Hair in The Attic”, “Unbearable Labyrinth”, “The Bully” and “The Den of the demon of sleep.”

Although no other stories have been announced since, it’s hard to think of a new Junji Ito anime that doesn’t include horror mangaka’s most iconic characters like Tomie and Souichi, both of whom were featured in the Junji Ito Collection anime of 2018. In fact, Souichi had three of his stories adapted in the previous anime anthology: “Souichi’s Convenient Curse”, “Cloth Teacher”, and “Rumors”. While all three stories are major hits in their own right, there are plenty more iconic Souichi stories that the new anime could benefit from spotlighting.

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Fun summer vacation

Souichi Tsujii’s first appearance is in a story titled “Fun Summer Vacation” which features his family members including his siblings Kouichi and Sayuri, as well as his parents. The story also introduces his cousins ​​Michina and Yusuke Hirose, who both live in Tokyo. The story begins with Michina and Yusuke taking a train to the countryside, where Souichi and his family live, to meet them for the first time and spend their summer vacation with them. Michina and Yusuke got along with Souichi’s parents and siblings right away, but not with Souichi himself.

When Michina and Yusuke first meet Souichi, they learn that he is shy and tends to hide in his room a lot. One day when they overhear Souichi talking to dolls in his room, they discover that he keeps nails in his mouth for his iron intake, as he is anemic. Souichi’s odd behavior frightens Michina and Yusuke, and he is later reprimanded by his older brother Kouichi, marking the beginning of Souichi’s hatred towards his cousins. Throughout the story, Souichi uses various curses to torment his cousins ​​until they leave after a week.

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Fun winter vacation

In the sequel to “Fun Summer Vacation”, Souichi makes his second appearance in “Fun Winter Vacation”, in which he meets Yumiko Fukaya, a classmate of his cousin Yusuke. Although the story is mostly told from Yumiko’s perspective, it shows how Souichi chooses his victims. As a character who already has a penchant for the occult and uses curses to prank people, Souichi is known to primarily target his family members, namely his cousins ​​Michina and Yusuke. When they’re not around to be his unwitting victims, Souichi tends to target anyone he encounters.

Originally from Tokyo, Yumiko travels alone to the countryside for the winter holidays but makes a stopover in Souichi’s hometown. When she first meets Souichi on the street, she asks for directions to the nearest vacation home, only for Souichi to direct her to a spooky cedar forest where he keeps his voodoo dolls. After Souichi isolates her in the woods, he knocks her into a puddle of freezing water and bites her neck like a vampire. This causes Yumiko to catch a bad cold and she is brought home Tsujii by Kouichi. While recovering there, Souichi continues to play psychological pranks on him and at one point manages to curse Yusuke from afar.

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Journal of Souichi’s Delights

The final episode of Souichi’s introductory storyline is “Souichi’s Diary of Delights”, which builds his character’s motivation and explores the different types of curses he can inflict. For this story, Michina and Yuusuke return to the Tsujii household for the summer – but this time, Michina decides to try to befriend his odd cousin, thinking he’s behaving the way he does out of loneliness. When she goes to greet him, she quickly learns that he has not forgiven her for the slap which resulted in serious injury. As such, he tricks her into thinking he has grown tentacles on the wound sites and tricks her into throwing a platter of mud at herself.

When Souichi runs away after his cruel prank on Michina, his brother and cousins ​​go looking for him. While waiting inside the house, Michina discovers Souichi’s diary and a love letter he wrote to a classmate. Wanting to get a glimpse of the type of person he is, Michina reads some entries in his diary and learns to his horror that he specializes in various curses and was personally responsible for his brother’s accident in Tokyo during the winter holidays in order to prevent their visit. She also realizes that Souichi hates her the most. When Souichi discovers that Michina took his diary and love letter, he places a curse on him which is only lifted after he reads his classmate’s love letter to the rest of the family.

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Souichi’s birthday

In previous stories, Souichi is known to be the neglected child of the family due to his strange behavior and even being abused by his older brother. What hasn’t been explored are the people in her life who give her affection, with the exception of her cousin Michina who tries to make a connection. In “Souchi’s Birthday”, his deceased grandmother is introduced, along with an imaginary twin brother. While the grandmother was known to spoil Souichi on his birthdays, her absence highlights just how incredibly lonely he is.

As revealed in “Souchi’s Birthday”, the titular prankster shares a birthday with his cousin Michina, who is visiting the Tsujii family that day. As the Tsujii family celebrates Michina’s birthday, Souichi observes that he is being kicked out of the party. When he sees that his own mother has only baked a cake for his cousin and has completely forgotten about it, it intensifies his hatred of Michina and he decides to make his birthday party a miserable experience. He torments Michina by summoning the ghost of his deceased grandmother and his imaginary twin brother. However, once he sees that Michina left him a piece of cake in his room and a “Happy Birthday” card, he softens up and stops tormenting her.

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The Secret of the Haunted Mansion / The Souichi Front

While Souichi as a child is a troublesome prankster, as an adult he is even more deadly, as revealed in the two-part story “Secret of the Haunted Mansion” and “The Souichi Front”. In the story, an adult Souichi opens a haunted house as a major attraction in the countryside, but the house is not designed to scare its patrons. Instead, the house contains his cannibalistic son Binzo with his wife Fuchi (from “Fashion Model” and “Rumors”), where he enslaved all of his family members. When the patrons enter the haunted house, it’s a literal race for their lives, as they must be able to get in and out of the house without being killed and eaten in the process. In “Secret of the Haunted Mansion”, only one child makes it out alive.

In the follow-up story, “The Souichi Front”, an adult Michina travels to the Tsujii family’s hometown in order to investigate their disappearance. While there, she finds that the children who survived Souichi’s haunted house have acquired her personality traits. This gives her the lead she needs to locate Souichi and his missing extended family members. When she finds them, however, she sees that they are in poor health; they are completely undernourished and have aged at an alarming rate. When Michina reunites with Souichi, he tries to get his cannibalistic son to eat, but the son decides to go after his father instead. Running for his life, Souichi encounters his wife Fuchi, who proceeds to eat him.

Since Souichi’s stories are so full of horror and humor, it would be foolish not to include him in the new one. Junji Ito Crazy lively.


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