Back in early 2015, I heard about an upcoming ambitious project of adapting three novels by late sci-fi novelist Itoh Satoshi, done by three different studios, to be released a month apart each starting in October. From the trailers, I was most interested in Empire of Corpses
by Studio WIT, a steampunk 19th century English (literary) heroes potpourri focussing on the myth of the weight of a soul and what it entailed as well as commenting on colonialism and slavery. The second most interesting to me was Genocidal Organ
, by virtue of having my favourite of the three theme songs
attached to it (sung by EGOIST, the fictious band from Guilty Crown
that's transcended the show) and being handled by Studio Manglobe.
My foray into anime as a medium only really began in 2009 when I got access to the Animax channel which aired anime that went beyond the formulaic shounen that ran on free TV (Beyblade, Naruto, Pokemon
etc.). One of the first shows I caught this way was Manglobe's Ergo Proxy,
and I was utterly out of my depth with the philosophic themes and blown away by the visual spectacle of it. Along with Samurai Champloo
, it was one of my entry points to not only darker and surreal themes within the same show, but also mesmerizing character design and animation. In more recent years, though, the studio went through rough times with unsuccessful projects and a shortage of staff, which was very obvious during 2013's Samurai Flamenco
's run, where the opening to the second cours remained unfinished until half-way through to end, and finally in 2015's Gangsta.,
during which the studio had to file for bankruptcy.
This also meant that the studio could not meet the deadline for the scheduled release of Genocidal Organ
in November 2015, and for quite some time, it wasn't quite sure how the project would move forward. Eventually, a dummy studio named geno was founded in order to see the movie to completion set for a 3.2.2017 release date, and Kazé picked it up as one of their monthly anime screenings.
With such a troubled production backstory, would the result be any good?( Collapse )