This anime-style Pennywise is as terrifying as the real thing

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Sep 26, 2017

SPOILER WARNING: Minor It spoilers below.

Director Andy Muschietti’s It is still going strong in movie theaters (despite losing last weekend's box-office crown to Kingsman: The Golden Circle), thanks in part to Bill Skarsgard’s terrifying new take on Pennywise.

So it’s no wonder that the malevolent Stephen King creation has been a source of inspiration for many, including comic book artist Mike Anderson, who's put an awesome anime spin on Skarsgard’s Pennywise — and guys, the Dancing Clown looks as scary in the two images below as his live-action counterpart.

Speaking to SYFY WIRE, Anderson revealed his thought process behind the two images: One shows Pennywise standing in the front yard of the Neibolt house with his signature red balloons, while the other depicts him in the storm drain (at the start of the movie), right before he abducts Georgie Denbrough:

"The first image I drew is of Pennywise standing by the Neibolt house holding his red balloons. I actually drew this back after the first teaser trailer debuted online. We were just catching little glimpses of Pennywise so I didn't have much to go on as far as his overall design. So his costume and hair are a little off. But I was so enamored with the initial reveal of his design that I had to draw him.

"The 2nd image I drew after seeing the movie in theaters. The scene that affected me the most was the attack on Georgie. I had just finished reading the book, and in it that scene is very intense. So I was very anxious watching this scene in the theater. Almost therapeutically, I chose to draw this scene after seeing the movie. Besides the fact that I thought the new Pennywise design already had a very 'anime' feel to it (his face reminds me of Frieza from Dragonball Z), I thought the concepts and subject matter of the It book would be perfect for anime."

Anderson went on to explain why he thinks It would be perfect to adapt as an anime, and after seeing the artist’s amazing rendering of Pennywise, you’ll likely float with this idea, too:

"There seem to be fewer limits in anime. Crazy concepts and unique storytelling are almost expected. The It book delves into mythologies and settings that a live action movie would never have the time or budget to fully realize. And even if they could, it may not appeal to audiences. Taking It to an anime series would ground the story in a genre where traveling between dimensions and giant monsters are more accepted."

Check out Mike Anderson’s take on Pennywise below, and chime in with your thoughts. Afterward, head on over to his website to preview more of his fantastic work and follow him on Twitter, Instagram, and Dribble.