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Goro Taniguchi's Estab-Life Project Unfolds as April TV Anime, Game, Anime Film

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Polygon Pictures animates TV anime & film, Square Enix develops smartphone game

The "2022 Fuji TV '+Ultra' Lineup Presentation" offered a promotional video on the Estab-Life original anime project by Goro Taniguchi (Code Geass, Planetes, Back Arrow). The video reveals that the project will have a television anime, smartphone game, and anime film, which have the themes of "escape," "records," and "variant," respectively. (The English subtitle for Estab-Life is "Establishment in Life.")

The story is set in the distant future when the world population has begun to shrink after reaching its peak. The "Supernatural Renovation Project" splits Tokyo with towering walls into several Cluster neighborhoods, each with its own unique genetically modified populations, governed by artificial intelligence.

Most people live their lives in their own unique Clusters, blissfully unconcerned with life beyond. However, there are some who seek to escape to the other Clusters. An outfit helps those who wish to escape.

Taniguchi is credited for the original concept and creative supervision of the Estab-Life: Great Escape (working title) television anime, and SSF is credited with the original story. (The presentation's emcee asked Taniguchi if this is his first anime that is primarily 3D CG, but Taniguchi had directed revisions.) Hiroyuki Hashimoto (Is the order a rabbit?, Slow Start) is directing the anime at Polygon Pictures, and Shoji Gatoh (Full Metal Panic!, Hyou-ka, Cop Craft) is supervising and writing the scripts.

Yūsuke Kozaki (No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle, Fire Emblem Awakening, Bubuki Buranki) drafted the original character designs, and INEI's Kenichiro Tomiyasu (Harlock: Space Pirate, Human Lost, Night Head 2041, Resident Evil: Damnation) drafted the concept art. Yoshiaki Fujisawa (No Game, No Life Zero, A Place Further Than the Universe, Revue Starlight) is composing the music. Slow Curve developed and produced the project.

The television anime will premiere this April on the +Ultra anime programming block on Fuji TV and its affiliates, and Crunchyroll will stream the anime outside Asia. The staff will provide more details on February 2.

Square Enix is developing the Estab-Life: Unity Memories smartphone game. Taniguchi is also credited for the original concept and creative supervision of the game, and SSF likewise is credited with the original story.

Finally, Taniguchi is personally directing and writing Eiga Estab-Life: Revengers' Road (Estab-Life the Movie: Revengers' Road), in addition to conceiving the original concept. SSF is again credited with the original story, and Polygon Pictures is producing the animation.

Fuji TV launched its +Ultra anime programming block as a sister block to its long-running Noitamina anime block. Fuji TV stated at the time of its announcement that +Ultra was intended to air anime aimed at a more global audience, contrasting with Noitamina's specific target of Japanese audiences. The Crunchyroll Extras channel streamed Thursday's presentation.

Update: Corrected note on Taniguchi's previous 3D CG work. Thanks, DevilBrew.

Sources: 2022 Fuji TV "+Ultra" Lineup Presentation, press release

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