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Anime Greenlit for Tanaka's Titania Space Opera Novels

posted on by Egan Loo
Tanaka's Galactic Heroes, Sohryuden, Arslan novels were animated before

Hiroaki Adachi, the head of the Wright Staff company that manages the business affairs of author Yoshiki Tanaka, has revealed in his personal blog that Tanaka's Titania space opera novels have been greenlit for an anime adaptation. Tanaka also wrote the long-running Legend of the Galactic Heroes space opera, the Asian-influenced Sohryuden - Legend of the Dragon Kings mythological fantasy, the Middle-East-influenced The Heroic Legend of Arslan fantasy series, and the Ryoko's Case File supernatural mysteries. All of these other novel series have been adapted into anime.

Between 1988 and 1991, Tanaka wrote three novels about a soldier who flees the spacefaring Titania empire and seeks refuge with a rebellion force. Director Noboru Ishiguro (Macross, Orguss, Megazone 23, Galactic Heroes) first revealed at Anime Expo 2003 that he, character designer Haruhiko Mikimoto (Macross, Orguss, Megazone 23, Gunbuster), and mechanical designer Kazutaka Miyatake (Macross, Orguss, Gunbuster, Eureka Seven) were developing an anime version of the Titania novels. (Mikimoto provided the illustrations in the 2003-2004 novel reprints.) However, Tanaka has left the original story unfinished since 1991. Today's blog entry is the first confirmation of the anime project's progress.

According to Adachi's March 5 blog entry, the Titania anime's production committee held its first meeting the previous afternoon. Adachi acknowledges that the Titania project has been dormant for a long time. However, the manga adaptation in Kodansha's Monthly Shōnen Sirius magazine and the anime adaptation were recently given the greenlight for production. Adachi says that, starting today, Tanaka will be devoting his time to just writing the continuation of Titania. Adachi has not confirmed that Ishiguro, Mikimoto, and Miyatake are still attached to the project, but says that he will provide more information later.

Source: Moon Phase Comments

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