News Shangri-La Science Fiction Anime's Commercial Streamed (Updated)
posted on 2009-03-31 11:42 EDT by Egan Loo
The official website for Gonzo's anime adaptation of Eiichi Ikegami's Shangri-La science fiction novel has begun streaming a 16-second promotional commercial on Tuesday. (In the linked page, select the green "CM" text link.) The story tells what happens to Tokyo when global warming turns the city into a tropical city in the middle of the 21st century. 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 in this sanctuary for the elite. Moreover, anti-government guerillas are attempting to stop the re-forestation.
The staff includes director Makoto Bessho (Ah! My Goddess: The Movie, Armitage: Dual-Matrix), series script supervisor Hiroshi Ohnogi (Arjuna, Noein - to your other self), and character designer Range Murata (Blue Submarine No. 6, Last Exile). An English version of the official Japanese website for the anime launched last week, and the anime itself will premiere in Japan on April 5. The Crunchyroll website will stream each Shangri-La episode with English subtitles within an hour of its Japanese airing.
Images © 2008 Eiichi Ikegami/Kadokawa Shoten/Shangri-La Production Committee
Source: Saishin Anime Jōhō
Update: The commercial features the "Kimi Shinitamō Koto Nakare" opening theme song by May'n (May Nakabayashi).
this article has been modified since it was originally posted; see change history