One property I enjoyed a lot this past decade was the Knights of Sidonia anime as well as the original manga. It’s been pretty fallow for awhile as original creator Tsutomu Nihei went on to new projects but now it’s getting a bit of a resurrection. A feature film is coming in 2021 produced by Polygon Pictures called Knights of Sidonia: The Star Where Love is Spun. It looks like this is an original story with Nihei supervising that will go in a different direction than the manga
Hiroyuki Seshita is serving as the chief director for the film while Tadahiro Yoshihara is directing. Sadayuki Murai and Tetsuya Yamada worked on the screenplay for it and in general a lot of the TV main staff seem to be coming back.
CAPSULE is set to perform the theme song and insert songs with “Utsusemi” used in the promo below.
Plot Concept: Outer space, the far future.
A lone seed ship, the Sidonia, plies the void, ten centuries since the obliteration of the solar system. The massive, nearly indestructible, yet barely sentient alien life forms that destroyed humanity’s home world continue to pose an existential threat.
Nagate Tanikaze has only known life in the vessel’s bowels deep below the sparkling strata where humans have achieved photosynthesis and new genders. Not long after he emerges from the Underground, however, the youth is bequeathed a treasured legacy by the spaceship’s coolheaded female captain.
Meticulously drawn, peppered with clipped humor, but also unusually attentive to plot and structure for the international cult favorite, Knights of Sidonia may be Tsutomu Nihei’s most accessible work to date even as it hits notes of tragic grandeur as a hopeless struggle for survival unfolds.