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Gonzo to Animate Shangri-La Novel for TV

posted on by Egan Loo
AMG film helmer Bessho, Noein writer Ohnogi, Blue Sub designer Murata

The October issue (on sale on September 10) of Kadokawa Shoten's Newtype magazine will announce that the Gonzo animation studio is adapting Eiichi Ikegami's Shangri-La science-fiction epic novel for television. The story takes place in the middle of the 21st century when global warming has turned Tokyo into a tropical city. To reduce the temperature at the heart of the city by 5°C (9°F), the city is being reborn as the world's largest forest city. However, despite the flow of refugees to the new city of Atlas, there are not many residents who can actually live there. Moreover, anti-government guerillas are attempting to stop the forestation.

For the anime version, Makoto Bessho (Ah! My Goddess: The Movie, Armitage: Dual-Matrix) will direct off the scripts that will be supervised by Hiroshi Ohnogi (Arjuna, Noein - to your other self). Takeshi Mori (Otaku no Video, Vandread) will be the creative producer, and famed illustrator Range Murata (Blue Submarine No. 6, Last Exile) will design the characters. Shingo Takeba (RahXephon, Eureka Seven) is serving as creative supervisor over a team of designers that includes Takuhito Kusanagi (Blue Submarine No. 6, Samurai 7), Hajime Satōu (Karas, Solty Rei), and Umanosuke Iida (Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team, Tide-Line Blue).

The novel was serialized in Newtype magazine, and has been collected into one book volume in 2005. (The story is being reprinted in two volumes next month.) The anime will be the first Newtype work animated for television. Kadokawa's Zōkan Ace A Assault magazine began serializing a manga version by Karasuma Tasuku (Reideen) in March.

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