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Funimation Reveals ‘Mars Red’ Co-Production

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Funimation has announced a new co-production they’re involved in that’s set for 2021 on with Yomiuri-TV Enterprise LTD – Mars Red. The series is based on a dramatic stage reading from the playwright and theatre director Bun-O FUJISAWA. This makes the property the first time to have something like this as its source material and it’s nicely time as part of the 50th-anniversary period for YTE. A manga for this debuted in 2019 as well.

The series will be directed by Kouhei Hatano, along with Junichi Fujisaku (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex) as writer, Karakarakemuri (Laughing Under the Clouds) as original character designer, Yukari Takeuchi (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba) on character design and music from Toshiyuki Muranaka, who has worked with FUJISAWA for many years.

Code Zero’s members include:

  • Yoshinobu Maeda – Captain of Code Zero and the “most powerful human”
  • Shutaro Kurusu – A-class vampire and rookie on the squad
  • Tokuichi Yamagami – Smart vampire, not currently ranked
  • Suwa – A veteran vampire since the Edo era
  • Takeuchi – D-class vampire and mad scientist with an immortal brain

Plot Concept: MARS RED takes place in 1923, and vampires have existed for quite a while. But now, the number of vampires is increasing and a mysterious, artificial blood source called Ascra has appeared.

The Japanese government, in turn, creates “Code Zero,” a unit within the army tasked with taking down the vampiric forces. And what better way to track vampires than by using vampires?

Created by Lieutenant General Nakajima, this unit has historically been in the business of information war, but has been re-assigned to solve the vampire crisis.

It’s up to Code Zero and the S-class vampire Deffrot to investigate this increase and put a stop to it before society crumbles.

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