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Religious Anime Film The Mystical Laws to Open in October

posted on 2012-03-20 22:29 EDT
Isamu Imakake directing new animated movie by Happy Science group

A website has been launched announcing the October release of the anime film adaptation of The Mystical Laws, a book by Ryuho Okawa, the founder of the controversial religious organization Happy Science (Kōfuku no Kagaku). The publishing arm of the organization will be producing the animated film alongside a live-action film adaptation of Okawa's Final Judgement. The group has sponsored a number of animated films in the past.

Cowboy Bebop set designer Isamu Imakake, who also directed the 2009 Happy Science film The Laws of Eternity, will be directing the film, and Okawa will oversee its overall production. The film takes place in 201X, when the newly-formed "Empire of Godom" is threatening to take over the world by using mysterious technology offered to them by Reika Chan, the mysterious female president of a trading company. The protagonist of the film Sho Shishimaru is the one man who has the "mystical technology" that can stop the Empire of Godom, but after being hunted down by the Empire, he is saved by "mysterious Indians," who tell him about a prophecy about the "second coming of a savior."

Various showings of Happy Science films have been held in the United States as far back as September 2000. In 2009, Fumiya Sato, author of Kindaichi Case Files, ran as one of 17 candidates representing the organization's political party Kōfuku Jitsugen-tō in Japan's legislative elections.

[Via Uri-sure Matome+]


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