Taku Maymura’s popular 1973 sci-fi novel Nerawareta Gakuen (School in the Crosshairs) is due for an anime treatment with the production studio Sunrise (Cowboy Bebop) handling the adaptation. This is not the first time that the book has been adapted into different formats multiple times with two live-action films made in 1981 and 1997 and four live-action television dramas. Interestingly, the 1981 film was directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi who made the wonderful and surreal horror film House.
Abeno 6th Middle School is one of the best in the country but high expectations have lead to a stressful atmosphere which has lead to a deterioration of discipline among the pupils. In steps a mysterious and beautiful girl named Michiru Takamizawa who becomes chairperson of the student council. At first she seems normal but it soon becomes evident that she controls the school by force. Concerned students Kōji Seki and Kazumi Kusumoto decide to stop her but it is soon revealed that an even more powerful person is shaping events.
This is the first anime movie adaptation and it looks spectacular. It is being produced by Sunrise’s Studio 8 (Accel World) with Ryosuke Nakamura (Mōryō no Hako) acting as director and the music production group supercell (familiar from the Bakemonogatari themes) providing the theme song which can be heard in the trailer. It is expected to see a release this autumn.
Staff: Ryosuke Nakamura (Director), Taku Mayumura (Original Writer), Supercell (Theme Song)
Voice Actors: N/A