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Project Itoh's Harmony Anime Film Previewed in Video

posted on by Egan Loo
2015 film adapts late novelist's sci-fi story along with Genocidal Organ

Fuji TV's Noitamina block aired a promotional video for the 2015 anime film of late science fiction author Project Itoh's novel Harmony on Friday. Voice actress Kana Hanazawa narrates the video, as with the other previous teasers.

Narrator: Project Itoh, the author who left this world too soon. While predicting that his life would end soon, what he saw was a fabricated world that was created so kindly that it was hard to breathe in, and the screams of the soul who lost their place to belong there. In the end, the heart is erased. Harmony. Being adapted into a film for 2015 release.

Viz Media describes Harmony's story:

In the future, Utopia has finally been achieved thanks to medical nanotechnology and a powerful ethic of social welfare and mutual consideration. This Perfect World isn't that perfect though, and three young girls stand up to totalitarian kindness and super-medicine by attempting suicide via starvation. It doesn't work, but one of the girls—Tuan Kirie—grows up to be a member of the World Health Organization. As a crisis threatens the Harmony of the new world, Tuan rediscovers another member of her suicide pact, and together they must help save the planet...from itself.

The author's final novel, Harmony, debuted in Japan in 2008. Project Itoh wrote Harmony and the novel adaptation of Metal Gear Solid: Guns of the Patriots while he was being treated for the cancer that ultimately took his life in 2009.

Project Itoh released Genocidal Organ as his debut novel in 2007, and it is also inspiring an anime film next year. The Japanese film website Cinema Today reported in 2012 that film adaptation rights were being pitched in Hollywood.

Viz Media's Haikasoru imprint has published all three of Itoh's full-length novels in English.

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