Stephen King’s ‘It’ Movie Is Just As Terrifying As An Anime

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BY September 13, 2019

One of summer’s most anticipated horror movies is just as scary, if not more, as an Anime. It: Chapter Two is the sequel to the highly successful 2017 adaptation of Stephen King’s acclaimed novel. To commemorate the occasion a fan wonders what the property would look like as an Anime. And it’s nothing short of terrifying. 

It was a highly successful Stephen King novel from 1986. While there has already been a TV series adaptation, 2017’s It broke all box office records. The success of the Warner Bros. produced film saw a somewhat resurgence of King’s properties. 

Stephen King In Other Media

King’s movies have been a source of inspiration and film adaptation for years now. Over the last few years, we’ve seen many of King’s originals adapted into various media.  The Dark Tower movie, (now on Netflix), the original Castle Rock series, and the newly rebooted Pet Semetary, are but a few. So it’s safe to say that King is no stranger to his content adapted into various works in different mediums. 

Currently, the author will see the conclusion of his It novel with It: Chapter Two, directed by Andy Muschietti. King’s materials always bring A-list celebrities on board. Chapter Two sees Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader and James McAvoy leading an ensemble cast. There is also Doctor Sleep, the sequel to The Shining, releasing on November 2019. Doctor Sleep stars Ewan McGregor and Rebecca Ferguson, directed by Mike Flanagan. However, one adaptation of a King story has gone viral on social media. 

Stephen King’s It As An Anime

Twitter user @KevChelios reimagined the author’s work as an anime. The user created the very short 12-second clip to commemorate the release of the first It movie in 2017. With the release of Chapter Two, the clip has resurfaced and fans are going a little ga-ga over an Anime Pennywise. 

While being extremely short, only 12 seconds long, the clip features many of the makings of a classic Anime. The original language, the strained and halting dialogue, along with appropriate subtitles are all staples of the genre. The animation itself is so naturally Anime, that you have to wonder why no one has ever thought of this before. Even the glimmer of the boat and the framing of shots feels exquisitely like an Anime movie or TV show. 

Not The First Time Something Western Has Gone Anime

We discussed in our Anime guide, how much influence Anime has had on western media. But this wouldn’t be the first time that an American property inspired an Anime reimagining. 

Warner Bros.’ own DC Animated Universe recently did a Batman Ninja animated movie, that looked very much steeped in that animation style. Even Marvel got in the game with their version of an Iron Man series that was very much inspired by Anime in 2010. 

It: Chapter Two is in theatres now.

What did you think of the It Anime? Let us know in the comments below. 

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Shah Shahid is an entertainment writer, movie critic (so he thinks), host of the Split Screen Podcast (on Apple Podcasts & everywhere else) and filmy father on a mission to educate his girls on decades of film history. Armed with uncontrollable sarcasm and cautious optimism, Shah loves discussing film, television and comic book content until his wife’s eyes glaze over. So save her by engaging him on his own blog at or on Twitter @theshahshahid.

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