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Junji Ito Maniac Season 1 Episode 3 Recap – “Hanging Balloon”

January 20, 2023

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This summary of the The Netflix anime anthology Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre Season 1 Episode 3, “Hanging Balloon,” contains spoilers.

The third episode of Junji Ito Crazy is my favorite so far, a gruesome and haunting work adapted from the fourth volume of Junji Ito’s Horror World, The face burglar.

Junji Ito Maniac Season 1 Episode 3 Recap

“Hanging Balloon” is primarily about Kazuko, the friend of a young idol who is found dead, apparently of suicide by hanging. The celeb apparently had no reason to kill herself, so there is some public interest, including copycat suicides among her young fans. Soon, reports of Terumi’s ghost begin to circulate, but they all follow the same pattern – her disembodied giant head floating in the sky.

Some incisive comments about idol culture aside, that’s a terrifying prospect in and of itself. But it only gets scarier when it’s gradually revealed that the giant head is a balloon and has a noose hanging from it. The balloon ensnares its victim, hangs them to death, then floats with the corpse hanging below. Terumi was the first victim, but the rope snapped on a power line, making it look like she had taken her own life.

Soon, the children are being chased by their own floating heads, which attempt to lure them to death. It makes for an eerie visual, with the children running away and hiding from their own giant, twisted faces, only to be drawn to their deaths by them. After a while, the sky above Japan is infested with these giant heads, hanging corpses hanging below them. The issue is complicated by the fact that any attempt to destroy the balloons, for example by burning or bursting, results in damage to the corresponding, still attached, head of the victim.

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“Hanging Balloon” opens with Kazuko alone, starved to death, hiding in her room, which as the episode progresses we learn is because her entire family has been trapped. by balloons. The episode ends with Kazuko being tricked into opening the window, and a noose dangling temptingly in front of her.

You can stream the Netflix anime anthology Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre Season 1 Episode 3, “Hanging Balloon” exclusively on Netflix.

Further reading:

  • Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre Season Recap.
  • Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre Season 1 Episode 2 Recap.
  • Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre Season 1 Episode 4 Recap.
  • Will there be a Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of Macabre Season 2?

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