Manga-Based Bus Gamer TV Anime Officially Confirmed
posted on by Egan Loo
With the launch of the accompanying Japanese website, the media production and distribution company Frontier Works has confirmed that Kazuya Minekura's Bus Gamer suspense manga is being made into a television anime project for 2008. The story centers on a team of three young players in Bus Game (Bus is pronounced "Biz" as in business), a live-action competition in which viewers wager on the outcome. The winners also earn life-changing amounts of money, but they also discover that the losers are killed in the process.
In addition to creating the story, Minekura will oversee the anime scripts and supervise the production. Naoyuki Kuzuya, a storyboarder on episodes of Shuffle! and XXXHOLiC, is set to direct. The manga originally ran in Enix's (now Square Enix's) defunct Stencil quarterly magazine from 1999 to 2000, then in Monthly Stencil until 2002, and finally in Ichijinsha's Monthly Comic Rex starting in 2006. Tokyopop released one translated volume, which collected the Stencil and Monthly Stencil runs. Ichijinsha released a second compilation for the Monthly Comic Rex run under the name "Bus Gamer the Pilot Edition," but the series is officially on hiatus from that magazine now.
Source: Moon Phase
Image © 2008 Kazuya Minekura, Ichijinsha/Bus Gamer Production Committee