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Human Lost Anime Film Opens in N. America Before Japan

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Trailer reveals m-flo, J Balvin's theme song

Anime News Network's coverage of Anime Expo 2019 is sponsored by Yen Press.

The staff of the Human Lost 3D CG anime film revealed at Anime Expo on Friday that the anime will open in North America before Japan. The anime is slated for global release in October and November. Funimation previously revealed that it will screen the film in theaters in the United States this fall.

Staff also announced that m-flo and J Balvin are performing the theme song "Human Lost feat. J Balvin." The song marks Balvin's first collaboration with a Japanese artist. The official YouTube channel for m-flo began streaming an English-subtitled trailer that features the song.

Anime Expo's North American English-subtitled premiere event for the film began at 10:00 a.m. PDT.

The film screened out of competition at this year's Annecy International Animation Film Festival on June 14. Fantasia Festival in Montreal, which will run from July 11 through August 1, will host the Canadian premiere of the film.

The "new sci-fi, cyberpunk film project" is an adaptation of Osamu Dazai's No Longer Human novel. Funimation describes the film:

From the chief director of “PSYCHO-PASS,” director of “Afro Samurai,” and the studio that brought you “Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters.”
The year is 2036. A revolution in medical treatment has conquered death by means of internal nanomachines and the “Shell System”, yet only the richest can afford to partake.
Yozo Oba isn't the richest. Troubled by strange dreams, he flippantly joins his friend's biker gang on an ill-fated incursion to “The Inside”, where society's elite lives. This instigates a journey of terrifying discovery that will change Yozo's life forever.

Katsuyuki Motohiro (FLCL Alternative, Psycho-Pass) is serving as executive director. Fuminori Kizaki (Afro Samurai) is directing the film at Polygon Pictures. Tow Ubukata (Fafner, Psycho-Pass 2) is writing the scripts. Yūsuke Kozaki (BBK/BRNK, Intrigue in the Bakumatsu - Irohanihoheto) is designing the characters, and Kenichiro Tomiyasu (Resident Evil: Damnation) is in charge of concept art. MAGNET and Slow Curve are credited with planning, and TOHO Visual Entertainment is distributing the film in Japan.

Dazai's original Ningen Shikkaku novel follows a young man's deepening alienation from the rest of the world, despite his attempts to maintain a cheery facade.

Sources: Human Lost screening at Anime Expo (Egan Loo), m-flo's YouTube channel

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