Seattle's Sakura-Con Hosts World Premiere of Caligula Anime
posted on by Jennifer Sherman
The official website for Seattle's Sakura-Con convention is listing that it will host the world premiere of the Caligula television anime on March 30 at 12:30 p.m. The anime's producer Takanori Matsuoka, as well as voice actor Chiharu Sawashiro (who plays protagonist Ritsu Shikishima), will attend the screening.
The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX on April 8. FuRyu's Takuya Yamanaka is credited with the original concept. Jun'ichi Wada (WorldEnd, The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan, Ragnastrike Angels) is directing the anime at Satelight. Touko Machida (The [email protected], A Centaur's Life) is in charge of series composition.
In FuRyu's original The Caligula Effect game's story, written by Tadashi Satomi, a virtual idol known as μ performs user-inputted songs and gains self-awareness through exposure to users' bitter feelings and dissatisfaction toward reality. Wanting to save humanity — which she believes is continuously suffering — she lures people to a virtual reality world called Mobius with her songs. She then imprisons them in Mobius, thinking they will be free from the suffering of reality and that all their wishes will come true. The game follows the nine members of the "Going Home Club," a club that was formed because the characters want to escape from Mobius and go home. The game's title refers to the "Caligula Effect," which is a pattern of behavior where one wants to see or do something more if it is denied to them.
The convention will be held at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle from March 30 to April 1. Other guests at this year's event include OKAMOTO'S, Mamoru Yokota, Teddyloid, Rumi Okubo, Shigefumi Shingaki, and Yōsuke Shiokawa.