Although I have never heard of it before 009 RE:Cyborg attracted my attention last year when I learned that that there is a new movie adaptation soon to be released and it was directed by Kanji Kamiyama and the music is created by Kenji Kawai. Now a trailer for 009 RE:Cyborg was put on the website last week. The anime is based on Shotaro Ishinomori’s manga which ran from 1964 to 1981 and was collected into 36 volumes. There have been three films and three TV series. According to Wikipedia Shotaro Ishinomori was mentored by Osamu Tezuka (it shows in his art style) and his work was pretty influential in magna, anime, and (ugh) tokusatsu. He was pretty important in the genesis of the Kamen Rider Series which recently got a new movie instalment on the same day the trailer in this post! After watching the trailer I’m feeling pretty excited about the film!
The story follows a group of nine people who were kidnapped from across the world for a project involving human experimentation. These people are turned into cyborgs but escape and turn their new powers against their former captors in order to protect humanity from them. When skyscrapers in London, Moscow, Berlin, and New York are destroyed by simultaneous bombings, causing widespread panic throughout the world, the nine cyborg fighter reunite, but their former leader is living alone in Tokyo with his memories wiped.
Kenji Kamiyama (Eden of the East, GitS: Stand Alone Complex) has taken on the roles of director and screen-writer for the movie. This is a co-production between Sanjigen and Production I.G. and it will be in 3D. Other notable staff attached to the movie include Yusuke Takeda (Blood: The Last Vampire, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex) as the art director, Gatou Asou (Moribito – Guardian of the Spirit, Occult Academy) as the character design Masanori Uetaki who has handled 3D CG on titles like Asura Cryin’ and Tiger & Bunny, is lead animator, and Kenji Kawai (Patlabor!, Ghost in the Shell!!) handling the soundtrack.
Notable seiyuu involved include Daisuke Ono (Sora in Air) who will be voicing Cyborg 002 / Jet Link, Hiroyuki Yoshino (Firo in Baccano!) who takes the role Cyborg 007 / Great Britain, Chiwa Saito (Aika in Aria the Natural) who plays Cyborg 003 / Françoise Arnoul, Sakiko Tamagawa (Margaret in Spriggan) who voices Cyborg 001 / Ivan Whiskey, and Mamoru Miyano (Light Yagami in Death Note) as the titular Cyborg 009 / Joe Shimamura.
The film is expected to be released theatrically in Japan on the 27th of October and it will be released in a number of Asian regions including South Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Voice Actors: Sakiko Tamagawa (Cyborg 001 / Ivan Whisky),Daisuke Ono (Cyborg 002 / Jet Link), Chiwa Saito (Cyborg 003 / Françoise Arnoul), Toru Ohkawa (Cyborg 004 / Albert Heinrich), Teruyuki Tanzawa (Cyborg 005 / Geronimo Jr), Tarou Masuoka (Cyborg 006 / Chang Changku), Hiroyuki Yoshino (Cyborg 007 / Great Britain), Noriaki Sugiyama (Cyborg 008 / Pyunma), Mamoru Miyano (Cyborg 009 / Joe Shimamura)
Staff: Kenji Kamiyama (Director/Script), Shotaro Ishimori (Original Creator), Gatou Asou (Character Design), Daisuke Suzuki (Animation Director), Yusuke Takeda (Art Director), Kenji Kawai (Music), Hiroshi Takiguchi, Takashi Watabe (Art Design), Yasuhiro Aoki, Yuichiro Hayashi (Storyboard)
Studio: Production I.G, Sanzigen Animation Studios
UPDATE: This is going to get a UK Theatrical release some time in April 2013 after it was acquired by Anime Limited.