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Project Itoh's Genocidal Organ, Harmony Novels Inspire Manga

posted on by Egan Loo

Two manga series based on the late author Project Itoh's novels will launch in the May issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Newtype magazine on April 10. Gatou Asou (009 Re:Cyborg, Occult Academy, Moribito - Guardian of the Spirit character designs) and others are adapting the Genocidal Organ novel, while Fumi Minato (Captain Earth's original character designs) adapts the Harmony novel.

Viz Media's Haikasoru imprint published the Genocidal Organ novel in North America in 2012, and it describes the story:

The war on terror exploded, literally, the day Sarajevo was destroyed by a homemade nuclear device. The leading democracies 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.

Haikasoru also published the Harmony novel in 2010:

In Japan, Tuan Kirie and her friends Miach Mihie and Cian Reikado are taught about a period called the Maelstrom during which nuclear bombs and diseases ran rampant and destroyed the country once known as the United States of America. A horror of disease has driven the older generation to remake society, replacing nation-states with smaller "admedistrations," organizational bodies that use nanotech "medicules" and societal pressure to ensure that each person is as healthy as possible. The three teenagers, led by Miach, attempt to use this technology to commit suicide and thus rob society of valuable resources-their own lives. Miach is successful but Cian reveals the plot and she and Tuan are saved. Thirteen years later, Tuan continues to rebel, even while she attains a high-level position in the international medical police corps. It is under this aegis that she investigates when Cian commits suicide (one of thousands, worldwide). During her search, Tuan discovers that there may be something even more repugnant than a world of perfectly healthy people.

Genocidal Organ, Harmony, and another Project Itoh novel, The Empire of Corpses, are all inspiring anime films this year.

Source: Comic Natalie

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