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Murata Not Involved in Revived Mardock Scramble Anime

posted on by Egan Loo
Former staffer on Gonzo version says that different company is animating

Character designer Range Murata (Blue Submarine No. 6, Last Exile) has revealed at the Taipei International Book Exhibition 2010 on Friday that he is not involved in the revived anime adaptation of Tow Ubukata's Mardock Scramble science fiction novel series. He added that the new Mardock Scramble project will be animated by a different company; he had been involved in Gonzo's 2005 effort to adapt the project as a video anime, before it was cancelled in December of 2006 for "various reasons."

A website announced earlier this month that there will be a new theatrical animated adaptation of Mardock Scramble from the Japanese media production company King Records. Ubukata has written six volumes of the science-fiction novel series — three in the original Mardock Scramble arc, and three in the Mardock Velocity prequel — since 2003. Ubukata also created the stories behind Le Chevalier D'Eon, Fafner, Heroic Age, and Pilgrim Jäger. Katsuya Terada (Blood: The Last Vampire, Yona Yona Penguin) drew the illustrations in the original novel volumes.

ANN posted an interview with Murata in 2006 regarding his work on Gonzo's version. As Murata describes it, "the main character is a girl, and her body is burned by the bad guy, and she dies, but then she's resurrected. So she's out for revenge."

Murata is currently working on art books after finishing his design and illustration work for Gonzo's Shangri-La anime series.

Thanks to dormcat for the news report.

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