Nerawareta Gakuen (School in the Crosshairs) Trailer

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

Studio: Sunrise

4 thoughts on “Nerawareta Gakuen (School in the Crosshairs) Trailer

    1. Thanks for the heads up. I saw this exact news report earlier today. As much as I like the look of the anime I’m guessing a train ticket up to Scotland would be very expensive.

      1. I’m definitely definitely definitely going for Scotland Loves Anime (blocked out that weekend on my calendar already). Because even if they only show one interesting film, I love Edinburgh & Scotland 🙂

        You can go on the cheap if you take the bus (from London it’s 9 GBP one way… but it’s a bit of a pain), and I know there are not-too-expensive trains from Birmingham (and it’s cheap to go to Birmingham from London). I think if you plan and book early, it could be done relatively cheaply. Anyhow, I don’t mind too much what it is going to cost because it’s totally worth going to Scotland at least once a year!

        I think the only thing that would stop me would be some other event clashing with it.

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