Fuji TV’s animation block Noitamina have announced that there will be a series of animation films based on the novels of Japanese novelist Project Itoh (Satoshi Itou). The anime film project will be adapting his three final original novels: Gyakusatsu kikan (Genocidal Organ), Harmony and Shisha no teikoku (The Empire of Corpses). The films will be releasing in Japan later this year.
Here is the official promotional video for the project:
And the second PV:
The first announced film is of Itoh’s Gyakusatsu kikan, based on his 2007 Science Fiction novel of the same name. The film itself will be produced by Manglobe (Samurai Champloo, The World God Only Knows) and directed by Shukou Murase (Ergo Proxy, Mobile Suit Gundam Evolve). The character designs will be done by redjuice (Guilty Crown), who did the illustrations of the book’s republication last year.
Here is the announcement video for the film:
Here is a synopsis of the story:
The war on terror exploded, literally, the day Sarajevo was destroyed by a homemade nuclear device. The leading democracies have transformed into total surveillance states, and the developing world has drowned under a wave of genocides. The mysterious American John Paul seems to be behind the collapse of the world system, and it’s up to intelligence agent Clavis Shepherd to track John Paul across the wreckage of civilizations and to find the true heart of darkness—a Genocidal Organ.
Here is the first trailer that previews the animation of the upcoming movie, which is narrated by Takahiro Sakurai (Shougo Makishima in Psycho-Pass):
The second film will be based on the 2008 novel Harmony, which is the final novel of Itoh. The movie will be directed by both Michael Arias (Ani-Kuri 15, Tekkonkinkreet) and Takashi Nakamura (Fantastic Children, Palme no Ki) and produced by Studio 4°C (Berserk: Golden Age Arc, Tweeny Witches). The character designs will also be done by redjuice.
Here is the synopsis of the novel:
In the future, Utopia has finally been achieved thanks to medical nanotechnology and a powerful ethic of social welfare and mutual consideration. This perfect world isn’t that perfect though, and three young girls stand up to totalitarian kindness and super-medicine by attempting suicide via starvation. It doesn’t work, but one of the girls—Tuan Kirie—grows up to be a member of the World Health Organization. As a crisis threatens the Harmony of the new world, Tuan rediscovers another member of her suicide pact, and together they must help save the planet…from itself.
Here is the announcement trailer, narrated by Kana Hanazawa (Kosaki Onodera from Nisekoi):
And here is the first trailer of the upcoming movie:
Additionally, another trailer was also released for both Gyakusatsu kikan and Harmony.
The final anime film adaptation is also the most recent announcement and it is of Shisha no teikoku. The upcoming film will be directed by Ryoutarou Makihara (Hal) and produced by Wit Studio (Attack on Titan, Rolling☆Girls).
Here is the synopsis of the story:
The story of The Empire of Corpses takes place in 19th century Europe, and revolves around John Watson. He is scouted by the government to become a secret agent- However, Watson lives in a world where “Frankensteins”- human corpses that are re-purposed with a false soul in order to use them as laborers- are used to improve industrial development.
The film was first announced in the latest trailer that also promotes the other films:
Project Itoh is the penname of Japanese Science Fiction novelist Satoshi Itou. His first published novel was Gyakusatsu kikan (Genocidal Organ) that was published in 2007 by Hayakawa. The novel was well received and was nominated for the Nihon SF Taisho Award by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of Japan. His second novel was an adaptation of Konami’s Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots video game, which was published in 2008. Also in that year, Itoh wrote his next and final novel Harmony, which won the Nihon SF Taisho Award in 2009. During 2008, Itoh was diagnosed with cancer and unfortunately passed away in March 2009. He was working on another novel, Shisha no teikoku (The Empire of Corpses), which was eventually released in 2012 being finished by fellow writer Toh Enjoe. The novel won the Nihon SF Taisho Award for both writers. Two of the novels, Gyakusatsu kikan and Harmony, have been reproduced by novel publisher Hayakawa last year and features illustrations by redjuice (Guilty Crown).
Three anime films based on Project Itoh’s novels will be produced and released in Japanese theatres later this year, Gyakusatsu kikan, Harmony and Shisha no teikoku. Further information about the films will be revealed in the near future.
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