After Psycho-Pass the Movie made tons of money (770 million yen to be exact) and completed of its run at Japanese cinemas, Noitamina next effort will be centered on three works by the deceased Satoshi Ito, a sci-fi novelist who wrote his works under aegis of Project Itoh. His works – Genocidal Organ, Harmony and The Empire of Corpses (which is finished by Toh Enjoe, winner of Akutagawa Prize after Ito’s death) will be animated by Noitamina for 2015 theatrical release in Japan.
So far, we only knew which animation studio and main staff for three works. No announcement on the casting or exact date of airing is known yet.
— Project-Itoh 公式 (@PJ_Itoh) February 20, 2015
The Empire of Corpses is about 19th century London in alternate steampunk universe where a medical student, John Watson, future partner of Sherlock Holmes is investigating a mysterious Dr. Frankestein who is working on a “corpse resuscitation technology”. Directed by Ryotaro Makihara (Hal) with original character designer redjuice and animated by WIT STUDIO (Shingeki no Kyojin). This movie is scheduled for 2015 release.
Harmony will be directed by Takashi Nakamura (Fantastic Children) and Micheal Arias (Tekkon Kinkreet) with character design by redjuice and animated by STUDIO4 ℃ (Tekkon Kinkreet, Berserk movies). As above, the movie will be out in 2015 too.
Last but not least, Genocidal Organ is going to be directed by Shukō Murase (Ergo Proxy), redjuice will be responsible for the character designing and studio manglobe (Ergo Proxy, Samurai Champloo) will be responsible for the animation of the movie. And yes, this movie will be out in 2015 too.
This is the official synopsis of Harmony and Genocidal Organ novels by Viz USA under Haikasoru translation project:
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.
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.
It looks like very serious, dark and sombre movies with lots of philosophical feel to it ala Ghost in the Shell: Innocence. What do you think of it, comment below and let us know.
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