A new anime feature film is in our future as the official site has opened for Koukako no Pandora: Ghost Urn, which translates as Pandora of the Crimson Shell – Ghost Urn. Recently licensed in North american by Seven Seas Entertainment for the manga release, the book comes from creators Masamune Shirow and Koshi Rikdo. With Shirow writing and Rikdo illustrating, it’s a strange and surreal piece just from the cover artwork alone that you can see on the right. The series began back in October 2012 in Kadokawa Niconico Ace with several volumes published so far.
The film is set to premiere on December 5th, 2015 and is directed by Munenori Nawa based on the script by Tatsuya Takahashi. Character deigns were handled by Takuya Tani who also served as the chief animation director. It’s animated at Studio Gokumi and AXsiZ.
The film stars Sanae Fuku as Nene Nanakorobi, Manami Numakura as Clarion, Atsuko Tanaka as Uzal Delilah, Junpei Morita as Buer, Satsumi Matsuda as Buri and Rie Murakawa as Bunny.
Shirow is well known for his many creations over the years, from Appleseed to Ghost in the Shell, and Rikdo gained fame with Excel Saga, which ended in 2011 and had a very popular anime adaptation for North American fans.
Check out the promo for the manga below that came out in summer 2014.
Plot concept: In an age when large-scale natural disasters frequently happen all over the world, when cyborgs and autonomous robots are beginning to appear on the market in technologically advanced nations, and major world powers compete for technology and resources, the divide between rich and poor grows and the future for the poor looks bleak. In this transitional stage, everyone wanders around in a self-indulgent daze and the way out isn’t clear… This is the story of how two cybernetically enhanced girls meet.