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Ark IX Anime by Sword of the Dark Ones' Yasui Previewed in Video

posted on 2013-02-26 12:30 EST
150 years after half of the world was abandoned, detective uncovers conspiracy

The official YouTube channel for the Flying Dog production company began streaming the first promotional video for Ark IX, the new action novel series by Sword of the Dark Ones (Ragnarok) author Kentaro Yasui that already has an anime. The videos features the theme song "Nevereverland" by Nano.

The series is set 150 years after humanity lost half of the planet due to a mysterious "black fog." To contain the "black fog," 3,000-meter-tall (about 10,000-feel-tall) walls were erected to split the world, and the half of the human population that survived now live in cities called "arks."

Enishi Shidō, one of the few Japanese survivors, runs a detective agency on the ninth ark. While pursuing a male suspect in a burglary, he learns of a massive conspiracy, one that may be tied to the Rivigarudo syndrome that is mutating its victims into something inhuman.

Kodansha released the first Ark IX novel volume, Shi no Tenshi (Angel of Death), on February 1. Kodansha's light novel division will release the second volume on July 2 in a limited-edition bundle with an original anime Blu-ray Disc.

Ark IX is Kentaro's first published novel since 2006. Yasui's Ragnarok light novel series inspired Tsukasa Kotobuki's manga adaptation, which CMX Manga published in North America under the title Sword of the Dark Ones.


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