Earlier this month the Japanese animation scene was abuzz with the announcement of the anime 009 RE:CYBORG, to be directed by Kenji Kamiyama of the Ghost In The Shell Standalone series fame. Originally a manga by Shotaro Ishinomaru (who also created the legendary Kamen Riders), Cyborg 009 is a much beloved classic among the Japanese, which is why anticipation for the film is exceptionally high. Skip right down to the bottom to watch the 4 minute teaser.
With Kamiyama-san on board it was easy enough to guess that Production I.G would be involved in the production, but they will also be sharing the work with Sanzigen CGI. The rousing soundtrack you hear in the trailer below is by Kenji Kawai, one of my favourite Japanese composers.
Having worked on Otomo Katsuhiro’s Freedom Project some years back, which was also a 2D cell shaded anime, I’m already forming my own opinions about the look of this film, but it’ll be wise to see the finished film first. 009 RE:CYBORG will be released in fall 2012.
Visit the official homepage at www.ph9.jp.