Genocidal Organ, Harmony Manga Move Online
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
The March issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Newtype magazine announced on Wednesday that the manga adaptations of Project Itoh's Genocidal Organ and Harmony novels will move from the magazine to the WebNewtype website as of the current issue. New chapters will appear on the site on the 10th of every month. In addition, the first compiled book volume of both manga will ship on March 26.
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.
Both manga adaptations launched in Monthly Newtype last April. Gatou Asou (009 Re:Cyborg, Occult Academy, Moribito - Guardian of the Spirit character designs) and others are adapting Genocidal Organ, while Fumi Minato (Captain Earth's original character designs) is adapting Harmony.
Genocidal Organ and Harmony are also receiving anime film adaptations as part of a planned trilogy of anime film adaptations of Project Itoh novels, which also includes the Empire of Corpses novel. The Empire of Corpses anime film opened last October, while Harmony opened last November. The Genocidal Organ film was originally scheduled to open last October, but Manglobe, the studio animating the film, filed for bankruptcy late last September. Geno Studio hopes to complete the film by the end of 2016, but has not yet specified an exact release date.