Project Itoh's Genocidal Organ Video Previews Animation

posted on by Karen Ressler
Takahiro Sakurai narrates video for Shukou Murase's 2015 film at Manglobe

The official website for the films of Project Itoh's novels began streaming a promotional video for Genocidal Organ. The video features a brief preview of the animation of the main character Clavis Shepherd and his special assassination squad, as narrated by Takahiro Sakurai. It first debuted during this week's episode of Psycho-Pass 2 in Fuji TV's Noitamina block.

Text: From Project Itoh's Genocidal Organ
Narration: Project Itoh left us a legacy in stories.
Narration and text: The premise that the mind [heart], bowels, liver, and other organs are created in the proper form due to genetics, but the mind alone is granted freedom … this can't be.
Narration: Endowed before humanity
Narration and text: An organ that causes genocide

Shukou Murase (Witch Hunter Robin, Gangsta., Ergo Proxy) will direct the film at Manglobe (The Unlimited - Hyōbu Kyōsuke, House of Five Leaves). Artist redjuice, who provided the illustrations for the teaser trailers, is designing the characters.

Viz Media describes Genocidal Organ's story:

The war on terror exploded, literally, the day Sarajevo was destroyed by a homemade nuclear device. The leading democracies have transformed into total surveillance states, and the developing world has drowned under a wave of genocides. The mysterious American John Paul seems to be behind the collapse of the world system, and it's up to intelligence agent Clavis Shepherd to track John Paul across the wreckage of civilizations and to find the true heart of darkness—a Genocidal Organ.

Project Itoh released Genocidal Organ as his debut novel in 2007, and his 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. The Japanese film website Cinema Today reported in 2012 that film adaptation rights were being pitched in Hollywood.

Both Harmony and Project Itoh's Shisha no Teikoku (The Empire of Corpses) novels will get film adaptations in 2015 from different directors and studios. Takashi Nakamura (Fantastic Children) and Michael Arias (Tekkonkinkreet) will direct Harmony at STUDIO 4℃ (Berserk: The Golden Age Arc I - The Egg of the King, Tweeny Witches), while Ryoutarou Makihara will direct Shisha no Teikoku at WIT STUDIO (Attack on Titan, Hōzuki no Reitetsu).

Viz Media's Haikasoru imprint has published three of Itoh's full-length novels in English, excluding The Empire of Corpses.

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