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Producer Masao Maruyama Teases Desire to Animate Satoshi Kon's OPUS Manga

posted on by Karen Ressler

Anime producer Masao Maruyama teased at Japan Expo in Paris this past weekend that he wants to produce an anime adaptation of Satoshi Kon's manga OPUS at his Studio M2. A source with M2 clarified with ANN that this was not an official statement and that a project has not been green-lit.

OPUS serialized from 1995 to 1996 before Kon made his directorial debut with Perfect Blue in 1997. Tokuma Shoten reprinted the series in 2010 with the "illusive ending" to the story that was not printed during the original magazine run. Dark Horse Comics published the two-volume series in one omnibus volume in 2014.

Kon (Perfect Blue, Millennium Actress, Tokyo Godfathers, Paranoia Agent, Paprika) passed away in 2010. Madhouse announced later that year that it had resumed production on Kon's final film Yume-Miru Kikai (The Dreaming Machine) but the project remains unfinished. Maruyama left Madhouse in 2011 order to finish The Dreaming Machine, but had no updates as of January, as he has found "no way" to complete the project without Kon.

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