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First ‘Harmony’ Anime Footage Surfaces

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The noitaminA YouTube channel has updated with a new teaser, this time for the Project Itoh feature Harmony, and similar to what we saw recently with Genocidal Organ, it’s mostly stills, backgrounds and text, but we do get our first look at a touch of animation and design work for the film. With Harmony, the film will be directed by Takashi Nakamura and Michael Arias at Studio 4℃ while Shukou Murase will direct Genocidal Organ at studio manglobe.

Project Itoh is the pen name of Satoshi Ito, a 34 year old science fiction novelist in Japan who died in 2009 but had some strong works. Two of his works are being brought to life in anime form with Genocidal Organ and Harmony, both of which have been released in North America by the book imprint of Viz Media, Haikasoru. Ito wrote for only two years before his death but left behind some fascinating works to be adapted.

Plot concept: In the future, Utopia has finally been achieved thanks to medical nanotechnology and a powerful ethic of social welfare and mutual consideration. This perfect world isn’t that perfect though, and three young girls stand up to totalitarian kindness and super-medicine by attempting suicide via starvation. It doesn’t work, but one of the girls–Tuan Kirie–grows up to be a member of the World Health Organization. As a crisis threatens the harmony of the new world, Tuan rediscovers another member of her suicide pact, and together they must help save the planet…from itself.

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