The Island of Giant Insects Anime Launches Crowdfunding for Theatrical Screening

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OVA bundled with 6th manga volume on June 20

The official website for the video anime of Yasutaka Fujimi, RED ICE, and Shu Hirose's The Island of Giant Insects (Kyochū Rettō) manga announced on Wednesday that the anime will have a crowdfunding campaign that will launch on the Campfire service on Friday. The campaign seeks to raise funds for a theatrical screening of the anime. The anime's official YouTube channel is also streaming a new "sexy version" video for the anime to celebrate the launch of the crowdfunding campaign. (Warning: The video below may not be safe for work.)

Anime producer Tatsuya Ishiguro stated in a video in February that the upcoming OVA is only the "prologue to the full anime project," and that there are "still many big developments in store." Ishiguro stated the staff will be launching a crowdfunding campaign in the future.

The anime will ship in Japan on DVD in a limited-edition bundle with the manga's sixth compiled book volume on June 20. Crunchyroll will stream the anime worldwide outside Asia.

The anime stars:

  • M.A.O as Mutsumi Oribe
  • Rika Tachibana as Chitose Naruse
  • Misato Fukuen as Ayumi Matsuoka
  • Momo Asakura as Mami Miura
  • Chiaki Takahashi as Misuzu Jinno
  • Takuya Eguchi as Kazuhiko Kai
  • Wataru Komada as Atsushi Kamijō
  • Marina Inoue as Inaho Enoki

The survival horror story begins when Mutsumi Oribe and her classmates are flying for a school field trip, and their plane crashes. They drift onto an island dominated by giant insects. The tagline for the anime is, "On that island … humans are merely insect fodder."

Takeo Takahashi (Spice and Wolf, Aki Sora) is serving as chief director of the anime at Passione, and Shigeru Morita (Arpeggio of Blue Steel - Ars Nova) wrote the script. Takayuki Noguchi (Queen's Blade: Rebellion) is designing the characters.

Yasutaka Fujimi and artist group RED ICE launched the manga on Akita Shoten's Champion Cross website in 2014 before moving it to Akita Shoten's free manga website Manga Cross. Shu Hirose (artist for El Cazador de la Bruja, Sōkō Akki Muramasa: Minagoroshi manga) took over the art for the manga on December 27 due to RED ICE group's poor health. The manga ended on March 28, but the Dai Kyochū Rettō (Die! The Island of Giant Insects) manga launched on April 25.

Sources: Kyochū Rettō anime's website, YouTube channel, MoCa News

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