Not many of us thought that Killing Stalking would get an anime adaptation, but here we are. Here are what fans think about the news that the controversial series will get its own show.
Killing Stalking is a South Korean manhwa (the Korean version of manga) written and illustrated by Koogi.
The psychological, horror, thriller drama was published by Lezhin Comics and won the ₩100,000,000 Grand Prize Award at the Second Lezhin World Comics Contest.
The manhwa ran from 2016 until 2019 and currently has 4 collected volumes. However, news has recently broken that the series will be getting a 3DCG adaptation.
Unfortunately, many fans have already voiced their concerns at the controversial series getting its own anime.
Why is Killing Stalking so controversial?
There are two reasons why the story is controversial with fans, the storyline and the level of detail that the story gives.
Killing Stalking tells the story of Yoon Bum, a young, mentally ill man who has a history of physical and sexual abuse. When a peer called Oh Sangwoo saves him from a rape attempt, Yoon Bum becomes obsessed with him.
However, Yoon Bum finds out that Oh Sangwoo is a serial killer, who enjoys kidnap, torture and murder. After breaking Yoon Bum’s legs and taking him hostage the two begin a sadistic, manipulative relationship with each other.
Whilst the storyline is incredibly dark, it’s the level of detail that it goes into that truly makes this series so disturbing. Graphic details of sexual abuse, self-harm, torture and murder amongst many, many others have given the series a distinct reputation within the community.
So, after a recent announcement that Killing Stalking would be getting its own anime, some fans are unsure whether this is a good or bad thing.
Killing Stalking anime: Some fans are happy
Despite the obvious dark tone, the original manhwa was extremely popular with fans.
So, the announcement has understandably caused a lot of excitement.
Killing Stalking anime: Some fans are concerned
However, there are lots of fans who are concerned that the anime will be too much, especially if the production team decides to show the same level of detail.
Many of us have only just gotten over the manhwa and aren’t sure we are mentally prepared for seeing it with motion.
Killing Stalking anime: Some fans are warning off those unprepared
However, there are some fans acting as public service announcers. With anime becoming ever more popular with each new show, the audience for the genre is also becoming more diverse.
Unfortunately, there will be lots of people who will watch the Killing Stalking anime completely unprepared for what they will see.
Viewers need to remember that this is not a ‘happy-go-lucky’ anime. It’s dark, twisted and a series that will stick with you for a very long time…You have been warned.
The release date for the Killing Stalking anime is unconfirmed, so keep an eye out for upcoming information.