Ghost in the Shell's Mamoru Oshii Animates Film Project of Baku Yumemakura's Chimera Novels
posted on by Egan Loo
In the author's note for his 13th Chimera novel volume, writer Baku Yumemakura confirmed that Mamoru Oshii's screen adaptation of the Chimera novel series is planned as an animation film project. The wraparound jacket band on the same 13th volume announced the screen adaptation on Wednesday. The announcement does not specify if Oshii will direct, write, or produce the project.
The series centers on Kō Ōtori, a normal high school student who experiences a repeating dream of being eaten by a beast from inside himself. When Kō meets Reiichi Kuki, the elite student who rules his school, the encounter awakens hidden powers inside him.
Yumemakura published the first volume in the series in 1982. The first bunkobon edition of the series had 16 volumes from 1982 to 2002, and the series was re-released in a larger tankōbon edition in eight volumes from 2000 to 2002. Asahi Sonorama published both editions, and illustrator Yoshitaka Amano drew the front covers. Asahi Shimbun Publications is currently publishing a new edition of the series with cover art by Katsuya Terada, while Kadokawa is publishing another separate edition with covers by Shirow Miwa.
Yumemakura is a prolific writer, whose works have been adapted into manga, anime, and live-action. These works include Kurozuka, Onmyoji, Amon Saga, Psycho Diver: Soul Siren, and Majyugari, among others. He has written manga such as The Summit of the Gods, and Garoden.
Thanks to Renato Rivera Rusca for the news tip.