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Harmony Anime Film's Promotional Video Reveals Cast, Theme Song

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Miyuki Sawashiro, Shinichiro Miki, Akio Ohtsuka, Chō, more star in film opening on December 4

The official website for the upcoming anime films based on the works of late novelist Project Itoh began streaming a video announcing the cast for Harmony on Thursday. The promotional video also unveils the theme song "Ghost of a smile" by EGOIST.

The cast includes:

Viz Media's Haikasoru imprint describes Harmony's original novel:

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.

EGOIST (Psycho-Pass, Guilty Crown) will perform theme songs for all three Project Itoh films. The website had revealed the the cast and theme songs for The Empire of Corpses and Genocidal Organ earlier this month.

The Empire of Corpses will open in theaters in Japan on October 2, Genocidal Organ is slated for November 13, and Harmony is slated for December 4. Funimation will release the films in North America in 2016.

Each novel film adaptation is from a different director and studio. Shukou Murase (Witch Hunter Robin, Gangsta., Ergo Proxy) is directing Genocidal Organ at Manglobe (The Unlimited - Hyōbu Kyōsuke, House of Five Leaves), Takashi Nakamura (Fantastic Children) and Michael Arias (Tekkonkinkreet) are directing Harmony at Studio 4°C (Berserk: The Golden Age Arc I - The Egg of the King, Tweeny Witches), and Ryōtarō Makihara is directing The Empire of Corpses at WIT STUDIO (Attack on Titan, Hōzuki no Reitetsu).

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.

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

Update: Os Cara Stauffenberg's name spelling corrected. Thanks, minakichan.

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