To honour the works of the late sci-fi novelist Satoshi Ito, who passed away from cancer in 2009 aged just 34, a trio of films were announced by noitaminA last fall, adapting the author’s novels penned under his pseudonym Project Itoh. The first, WIT Studio’s Empire of Corpses, opened in October, then Manglobe’s Genocidal Organ was supposed to follow in November, before Studio 4°C’s Harmony on December 4th. But Manglobe’s filing for bankruptcy meant a drastic change in plans, shifting Genocidal Organ to a different studio where it’s still being promoted, yet to be released.
The silence surrounding proceedings up until now has been broken though, as noitaminA have given the film a new preview as part of its slate of upcoming projects. This at least confirms that the movie hasn’t been dropped altogether and is still moving, however slowly, towards an eventual release.
Those credited on Genocidal Organ’s staff include:
Director, Screenplay: Shuko Murase
Original Character Design: redjuice
Design Works: Shinji Aramaki / Kimitoshi Yamane / Shinji Usui / Noriyuki Jinguji / Masaki Yamada
Art Director: Seiki Tamura
Director of Photography: Kazuhiro Yamada / Kosuke Nakanishi
Color Design: Takahiro Motegi
CG director: Takayuki Masuo
Editor: Tomoki Nagasaka
Music: Yoshihiro Ike
Animation Production: Geno Studio
And the main cast are confirmed as follows:
Yuichi Nakamura as Clavis Shepherd
Satoshi Mikami as Williams
Yuuki Kaji as Alex
Kaito Ishikawa as Leland
Akio Otsuka as Rockwell
Rutsuia: Kobayashi Sanae
John Paul: Takahiro Sakurai
Viz Media’s Haikasoru sci-fi prose imprint, who published the novel in North America, describe the story:
The war on terror exploded, literally, the day Sarajevo was destroyed by a homemade nuclear device. The leading democracies have transformed into total surveillance states, and the developing world has drowned under a wave of genocides. The mysterious American John Paul seems to be behind the collapse of the world system, and it’s up to intelligence agent Clavis Shepherd to track John Paul across the wreckage of civilizations and to find the true heart of darkness—a genocidal organ.