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The Island of Giant Insects Anime Gets Theatrical Film Edition in 2020

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Yurika Kubo cast as Ai Inō; screenings in Japan spurred by crowdfunding during OVA's launch

Producer Tatsuya Ishiguro confirmed at The Island of Giant Insects (Kyochū Rettō) anime's screening at Crunchyroll Expo on Friday that the anime will have a theatrical film edition that will screen in Japan next year. The panel presented a teaser promotional video for the theatrical version:

The new edition casts Yurika Kubo as the survivor Ai Inō.

The anime of Yasutaka Fujimi, RED ICE, and Shu Hirose's The Island of Giant Insects manga launched a crowdfunding campaign for the theatrical edition in May. Ishiguro stated in a video in February that this year's original video anime (OVA) release is only the "prologue to the full anime project," and that there are "still many big developments in store."

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

The anime stars:

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.

Source: ANN press coverage (Jacob Chapman)

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