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Star of Guidance Science Fiction Novels Have Anime Planned for Fall 2018

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Range Murata illustrates 4 volumes about spacefaring humanity supporting other civilizations

Kadokawa Haruki Jimusho's official website for Issui Ogawa's Michibiki no Hoshi (Star of Guidance) science fiction novel series revealed on Thursday that an anime project is in the works. A "screen adaptation" project is in the works for completion in fall of 2018.

The site describes the novel series' story:

After humanity became a spacefaring civilization, it encountered many aliens. However, upon discovering that these aliens were not yet developed, humanity established a "Ministry of Supporting Foreign Civilizations," which uses Foreign Civilization Observation Officers to support and lift up these aliens behind the scenes until they become spacefaring civilizations. One such young officer named Tsukasa Tsujimoto and three female androids make failed first contact with "Suwarisu," which throws the whole galaxy into turmoil.

Ogawa published the first volume of his "first-contact science fiction" series in January 2002. He has published a total of four volumes in the series, with the latest in November 2003. Illustrator Range Murata (Last Exile, Blue Submarine No.6, Shangri-La) drew the cover art for all four books in the series. He collaborated with Yoshiki Tanaka (The Legend of the Galactic Heroes, The Heroic Legend of Arslan, Tytania) on two novels: Rainbow Planet in 2002, and Gibraltar Kōbōsen (The Battle of Gibraltar) in 2005.

Viz Media's Haiksaoru imprint published Ogawa's The Lord of the Sands of Time (Toki Suna no Ō) novel in 2009 as one of its first four titles. It released his The Next Continent (Dai Roku Tairiku) novel in 2010. Viz also published his "Golden Bread" short story in its The Future is Japanese book in 2012. His "Old Vohl's Planet" short story appeared in Kurodahan Press' Speculative Japan 2 book, and his "To the Blue Star" short story appeared in Speculative Japan 3. Ogawa won Japan's prestigious Seiun Awards four times, most recently in 2011 and 2014.

Thanks to Dennis R for the news tip

[Via Yusuani]


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