The blockchain is about to get spookier this holiday season. Manga artist Junji Ito announced that he is entering Web3 with an NFT collection featuring his “Tomie” horror character. The drop will occur sometime during November and resemble a generative NFT set, with Tomie NFTs sporting randomized traits.
Animeta, which bills itself as an “NFT asset-based brand,” will be handling the drop. It revealed the pending project on Twitter, writing that Ito would be releasing his first NFT project in November. The team behind the project is aptly calling it “Tomie by Junji Ito.” As of now, details surrounding the project are scarce.
The Tomie character debuted in the late 1980s as part of a serial in Monthly Halloween magazine. It had a run in print form between 1987 and 2000 before a company adapted it into nine horror films airing between 1999 and 2011. Tomie is rumored to have succubus powers, with which she can make almost any man or woman fall in love with her or commit dangerous acts of violence on her behalf.
Junji Ito himself is one of the most well-respected horror manga artists. Tomie was his first published work back in 1987 and led to him receiving the Kazuo Umezu award. He is also one of the bigger names from Japan jumping into the NFT world, following Takashi Murakami, an artist who has worked on mainstream projects like RTFKT’s Clone X.
Animeta, not to be confused with the separate NFT project Animetas, said it looked forward to partnerships with other manga artists who wanted to enter the NFT space. As of now, those prospects are unknown, but some publications have speculated that Ito jumping in could start a larger trend.
Following the revelation, the ongoing media circus descended into its usual spiral of ‘clicks and outrage’. Therefore, deploying words such as ‘devastated’ and ‘disappointed’ in order to manufacture disdain for the project. If fact, at least 12 people on Twitter have registered their dislike for the news, with many ironically stating that Junji Ito likely has no idea what an NFT is.
Going forwards, ANIMETA will continue supporting the medium with a whole series of long-term manga collaborations, while additionally hinting that several more big players within the industry will join its ranks in the near future.