The Island of Giant Insects Anime's Theatrical Film Version Reveals Promo Video, Visual, January 10 Premiere
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The official website for the anime of Yasutaka Fujimi, RED ICE, and Shu Hirose's The Island of Giant Insects (Kyochū Rettō) manga revealed on Monday that the theatrical film edition of the anime will open in Japan on January 10. The website also revealed a visual, the theme song artist, and a promotional video.
Haruka Tōjō will perform the film's theme song "Stellar."
The staff for the anime 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 new film edition casts Yurika Kubo as the survivor Ai Inō.
The OVA shipped in Japan on DVD in a limited-edition bundle with the manga's sixth compiled book volume on June 20. Crunchyroll screened the anime at the Crunchyroll Expo event in August, and the company is planning to 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.