Tanaka's Tytania to be Animated for TV in October
posted on by Egan Loo
A preview site for Yoshiki Tanaka's Tytania space opera epic has opened and officially announced that an animated television series has been green-lit. 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 Tytania empire and seeks refuge with a force leading a rebellion.
The preview site confirms that Haruhiko Mikimoto, the illustrator of the Tytania novels and the designer of Macross, Orguss, Megazone 23, and Aim for the Top! Gunbuster, will be in charge of the original character designs. Noboru Sugimitsu (Hoshi Neko Fullhouse, Legend of the Condor Hero, Mikan Enikki) will adapt those designs for anime. Artland, the production studio headed by veteran director Noboru Ishiguro (Macross, Orguss, Megazone 23, Galactic Heroes), will animate the project. Artland and Ishiguro spent over a decade animating more than 100 episodes of Galactic Heroes. Longtime Studio Nue mechanical designer Kazutaka Miyatake (Macross, Orguss, Gunbuster, Eureka Seven) will work on the mechanics.
Koji Ito (Cybuster, Full Metal Panic!, The Irresponsible Captain Tylor) will collaborate with Miyatake on the mechanical designs and work as chief director under Ishiguro. Susumu Aketagawa (Legend of the Galactic Heroes: My Conquest is the Sea of Stars, Phoenix 2772 - Space Firebird, Barefoot Gen movies) will direct the sound. Sanzigen, the company best known for the 3D computer graphics in Gurren Lagann, will handle the CG.
The series will start in October on NHK's BS-2 satellite channel and run every Thursday at 11:32 p.m. Ishiguro first revealed the development of the project at Anime Expo 2003. Hiroaki Adachi of Tanaka's Wright Staff management firm then indicated that the anime was moving forward in March. Artist Guntetsu has been drawing a manga version in Kodansha's Monthly Shōnen Sirius magazine since March.
Image © Yoshiki Tanaka, Tytania 26 Partners