The official website of the Project Itoh anime project has announced that the upcoming anime film adaptation of Itoh’s Gyakusatsu kikan (Genocidal Organ) will be delayed indefinitely. This comes after the studio behind the adaptation, Manglobe, filing for bankruptcy earlier in the week.
The Gyakusatsu Kikan film was originally scheduled to release in Japan on November 13. Animation studio Manglobe (Samurai Champloo, The World God Only Knows) were tasked with producing the film, but due to their bankruptcy the film has been delayed. The second film in the Project Itoh anime project Harmony, which was slated for December 4, will now replace the release of Gyakusatsu Kikan and will be out in Japanese theatres on November 13.
No information has been revealed about which studio will take over Manglobe for Gyakusatsu Kikan‘s production.
Harmony 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 main cast of Gyakusatsu Kikan includes:
- Yuuichi Nakamura (Kyousuke Kousaka in Oreimo) voices Cravis Shepherd
- Satoshi Mikami (Kumado Minai in Mushishi Zoku Shou) will voice Williams
- Kaito Ishikawa (Tsumugu Kihara from Nagi no Asukara) as Realand
- Yuuki Kaji (Eren Jaeger in Attack on Titan) is voicing Alex
- Akio Ootsuka (Batou from Ghost in the Shell) voicing the role of Lockwell
- Sanae Kobayashi (Lucy from Elfen Lied) will be voicing Lucia
- Takahiro Sakurai (Suzaku Kururugi from Code Geass) as John Paul
The first full promotional video of the film was revealed, which previews the anime and music, done by Egoist.
The film is based on Project Itoh’s (Satoshi Itou) 2007 Science Fiction novel of the same name. The film itself was originally going to 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 still be done by redjuice (Guilty Crown), who did the illustrations of the book’s republication in 2013. The group Egoist (Guilty Crown) will still be performing the theme songs of 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 of the film, narrated by Takahiro Sakurai (Shougo Makishima in Psycho-Pass):
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 in 2013 and features illustrations by redjuice (Guilty Crown).
The Gyakusatsu Kikan anime film has been delayed until further notice. The Harmony anime film will instead takes its place releasing on November 13.
Source Article – Anime News Network
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