An artist named Mike “Mikuloctopus” Anderson has taken it upon himself to craft anime-inspired artwork of Stephen King’s IT, which has since evolved into a 13-second animated scene.
Last month, Anderson shared the image below on Instagram, saying, “I’d love to see an ‘IT’ anime or comic series.”
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly over email, Anderson discussed why he believes IT is well suited for an anime adaptation. “There seem to be fewer limits in anime. Crazy concepts and unique storytelling are almost expected,” he explained. Anderson noted that Stephen King’s original novel has content that would be difficult to fully realize in a live-action film, adding, “Taking IT to an anime series would ground the story in a genre where traveling between dimensions and giant monsters are more accepted.”
After Anderson’s artwork gained traction online, a freelance graphic designer named Kevin Duran added voiceover and transformed it into the following animated scene, which he shared on Twitter:
What if "IT" was an anime?🎈 pic.twitter.com/EAKTbvUjF2
— Kev (@KevChelios) September 28, 2017
While Anderson found his work “impressive,” he told EW he wasn’t very happy that Duran didn’t asked for permission to use the artwork and has “mixed emotions on the whole thing.” Still, he’s since posted a couple other images on Instagram, offering another glimpse at what an anime adaption of IT could look like.
You can find more on Anderson’s work, including another image of Pennywise, over on his official website.
Stephen King’s IT has done very well since its debut last month, having passed $500 million at the worldwide box office last week, and becoming the all-time highest-grossing R-rated horror movie (not accounting for inflation). A sequel will be released in September 2019.