Project Itoh, a pseudonym used by the writer Satoshi Itō, published multiple novels and short stories before his untimely death in 2009 at the age of 34, which were announced late last year to be adapted into anime movies. Initially, they held the vague release date of “2015,” but now the time frame has been narrowed down, with one movie coming out in each of the last three months of this year. I have not personally read any of the three novels being adapted, but I am very excited for all three of these movies, and hope they get a western release in a more timely manner than some movies.
Genocidal Organ will be the first to come out, slated for some time in October. I personally have high hopes for all of the movies, but especially for this one in particular, as it looks very much like Ghost in the Shell and other sci-fi action movies/shows. The premise seems particularly interesting due to its more realistic take on the genre as opposed to using heavily cyberized or robotically enhanced soldiers, like GitS. This could be a great, dark action movie that shows off manglobe’s (Ergo Proxy, Samurai Champloo, Deadman Wonderland) knack for style.
“The war on terror exploded, literally, the day Sarajevo was destroyed by a homemade nuclear device. The leading democracies 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.”
—Summary from MAL
Harmony will be released in November, and will focus on a dystopian society where technology and social behaviors have brought about a “utopia,” and a girl’s mission to save the world. Harmony has a great potential to not only be visually and narratively pleasing as well as holding a great position to present questions about society to the viewers. Studio 4°C (Steamboy, First Squad: The Moment of Truth, Berserk movies) with be animating the 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. “
—Summary from MAL
The Empire of Corpses, animated by WIT STUDIO (Attack on Titan, The Rolling Girls, Seraph of the End), is a sort of sci-fi historical fiction that takes cues from english literature pieces (for the names at least). Again, this has the possibility to provide great philosophical questions about humanity as well as regular viewing pleasure.
“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. “
—Summary from ANN
You can watch the PVs for Project Itoh and more on noitamina’s youtube channel.