×
  • remind me tomorrow
  • remind me next week
  • never remind me
Subscribe to the ANN Newsletter • Wake up every Sunday to a curated list of ANN's most interesting posts of the week. read more

Forum - View topic
NEWS: Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan Alternate-History Novels Get Anime Series by Orange in 2025


Goto page 1, 2  Next

Note: this is the discussion thread for this article

Anime News Network Forum Index -> Site-related -> Talkback
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
harminia



Joined: 24 Aug 2015
Posts: 2020
Location: australia
PostPosted: Thu Jun 06, 2024 7:34 pm Reply with quote
Wait, Scott Westerfeld... The dude that did the Uglies series? Damn, haven't heard that name in ages. Used to enjoy his books though I haven't heard of this one.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
MFrontier



Joined: 13 Apr 2014
Posts: 12221
PostPosted: Thu Jun 06, 2024 7:36 pm Reply with quote
I didn't see this coming.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Cho_Desu



Joined: 27 Dec 2022
Posts: 206
PostPosted: Thu Jun 06, 2024 8:01 pm Reply with quote
Can't say I would've expected this in a million years! Leviathan, and its followups Behemoth and Goliath, were excellent YA novels, with some of the most imaginative world-building I've encountered in fiction. It's an alternate WWI Europe, where half the countries focus on genetically-engineered creatures for their weaponry, while the other half are all about building steampunk-esque mechs. A boy and girl from opposing sides in the war work together to save the day.

One thing that was notable about these books was that they were full of beautiful illustrations. So I suppose you could say they were kind of like Western light novels.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Blood-
Bargain Hunter



Joined: 07 Mar 2009
Posts: 23927
PostPosted: Thu Jun 06, 2024 8:04 pm Reply with quote
This sounds very cool. Might even look into trying to pick up the novels.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message My Anime My Manga
Angel M Cazares



Joined: 23 Sep 2010
Posts: 5467
Location: Iscandar
PostPosted: Thu Jun 06, 2024 8:13 pm Reply with quote
Another year passes and no Land of the Lustrous season 2.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message My Anime
SinisterOracle



Joined: 13 May 2023
Posts: 275
PostPosted: Thu Jun 06, 2024 8:58 pm Reply with quote
Oooh this looks interesting! I’m looking forward to seeing more!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
v1cious



Joined: 31 Dec 2002
Posts: 6211
Location: Houston, TX
PostPosted: Thu Jun 06, 2024 9:33 pm Reply with quote
Never even heard of this series, but Orange makes it a must-watch for me.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message My Anime My Manga
Essedess



Joined: 03 Jan 2024
Posts: 74
PostPosted: Thu Jun 06, 2024 9:40 pm Reply with quote
Alternate history.

The story begins in 1914 on the eve of war, when a prince on the run encounters a girl dressed in boy's clothes on a bioengineered airship known as Leviathan.

OK.... now you have my attention.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
prime_pm



Joined: 06 Feb 2004
Posts: 2346
Location: Your Mother's Bedroom
PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2024 4:53 am Reply with quote
I remember coming across this series back when I worked at the library. The premise was intriguing, but I feared at the time it would favor only one side in the war while decrying the other, as YA books are oft to do. I might open up my mind better and give it another shot.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Beatdigga



Joined: 26 Oct 2003
Posts: 4461
Location: New York
PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2024 5:23 am Reply with quote
A set of YA novels being adapted into an anime? I'm sure it's happened before, but it's still a unique take.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
-Matthew-



Joined: 12 Mar 2022
Posts: 1408
PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2024 5:44 am Reply with quote
Great news! I like historic works and Joe Hisaishi is here too, amazing!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Kalhiki



Joined: 30 Aug 2021
Posts: 64
PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2024 7:48 am Reply with quote
Holy shit I read these books back in highschool! Always thought it was ripe for a live action film series. But an anime? Hype!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
residentgrigo



Joined: 23 Dec 2007
Posts: 2479
Location: Germany
PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2024 9:22 am Reply with quote
I was deeply baffled until I saw the Netflix logo. Now it makes sense. Deltora Quest is for kids but that Australian series had an anime. Valerian & Laureline got an anime before any other adaption (that film ain´t half bad) and we had tons of DC and Marvel anime. This happens here and there, even outside of Ghibli and the World Masterpiece shows, but it will happen more often now due to the globalized market.

Good on Zack Snyder for getting the top spot. If his reign ain´t prove that Netflix allows creators to work with no oversight (the novels based on his director's cuts of Rebel Moon are bonkers and those cuts will shake people) then I don´t know what can prove it. They literally asked him if he was interested in doing a cartoon on the side if he has an idea for the North gods and the show was greenlit on the spot when he said that he knows a guy who can make it happen, namely Jay Oliva. Long story short. Netflix shows or films are created as they crystalize in pre-production. If the end product ain´t it then don´t blame Netflix. Blame the directors and writers as they had more than enough rope to hang themselves.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website My Anime My Manga
mdo7



Joined: 23 May 2007
Posts: 6313
Location: Katy, Texas, USA
PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2024 9:42 am Reply with quote
Of all the western IPs that get a anime adaptation, I didn't expect this one to get that treatment. Man, this is a big surprise for me!!! I wonder what other unexpected western IP will get the Japanese animation treatment.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website My Anime My Manga
FishLion



Joined: 24 Jan 2024
Posts: 87
PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2024 9:52 am Reply with quote
After Orange's beautiful work on the sci-fi designs of Trigun Stampede, I can't think of a more exciting studio to animate this story
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Display posts from previous:   
Reply to topic    Anime News Network Forum Index -> Site-related -> Talkback All times are GMT - 5 Hours
Goto page 1, 2  Next
Page 1 of 2

 


Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2005 phpBB Group