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Newspaper: Bokura no Nanokakan Sensō Satirical Children's Novel Gets 2019 Anime

posted on by Egan Loo
Story of middle school class rebelling against adults already inspired live-action film

The Daily Sports newspaper reported on the announcement of the "Shōgakusei ga Erabu! 'Kodomo no Hon' Sōsenkyo Best 10" (Top 10 Children's Books as Chosen by Grade Schoolers) poll results on Saturday. According to the paper, novelist Osamu Sōda said at the Tokyo ceremony that his Bokura no Nanokakan Sensō (Our Seven-Day War) novel will be made as an anime next year.

The mystery story and social satire begins on the day before summer vacation, when every boy in a first-year class of a downtown Tokyo middle school disappears. Was it some accident? A mass kidnapping? Actually, the boys holed themselves up in an abandoned factory on the riverbed. With support from the schoolgirls, the boys start a revolution against the adults from this "liberation zone."

Kadokawa Shoten published the novel in April 1985, and the novel inspired a live-action film starring Rie Miyazawa in 1988. (The cast of the film appears on the novel reprint's cover, pictured right.) The novel also spawned a series of print sequels and spinoffs that has sold over 170 million copies and has added new volumes as recently as this year.

The first novel ranked #8 in Saturday's poll results. Sōda noted that he will turn 90 on May 8.

Source: Daily Sports via Yaraon!

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