Writing for an anime website brings me into contact with many trailers and I must admit to falling for all sorts of things. Here’s an anime I’m keeping an eye on but it does have a strange name: Gothicmade. Mamoru Nagano’s anime movie, Hana no Utame Gothicmade will go on theatrical release next spring and it has a refreshingly old-school feel to it.
Carmine is a tiny colony world under the harsh control of the ruling interplanetary league. It would be unremarkable except that this planet special is that it has a special tradition: young women known as Sonstresses inherit and pass down the memories of the generations that came before them. They then use this knowledge to help the people of their planet.
A 16-year-old named Bellin Ajelli has been reborn as a songstress and must set out on a holy pilgrimage across the planet to the capital. After hearing rumours of a possible terrorist attact the militant Donau Empire send Prince Truhallon to protect her but he is the antitheis of everything Bellin believes in. The two are stuck together on their journey to the capital of Carmine.
Originally announced in 2006, this project is the directorial debut of designer and manga creator Mamoru Nagano, best known for his mecha saga Five Star Stories.
Nagano has played a major part in the project, writing, storyboarding and animating it. The film also marks 65 years since the founding of Kadokawa.