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Funimation Adds Shangri-La TV Anime Series

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Gonzo's adaptation of Eiichi Ikegami's novel about future Tokyo originally aired in 2009

FUNimation Entertainment announced at its Sakura-Con panel on Friday that it has acquired the broadcast, home entertainment, mobile, and streaming rights to Gonzo's Shangri-La science-fiction television anime series. The 24-episode series originally aired from April through September 2009.

Shangri-La adapts Eiichi Ikegami's novel about 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 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).

Crunchyroll originally streamed the series in various countries as it aired.

Update: Press release link added.

Image © Eiichi Ikegami/Kadokawa Shoten /Shangri-La Production Committee

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