Crunchyroll announced during its The Anime Awards Livestream on Saturday that it will stream the video anime of Yasutaka Fujimi, RED ICE and Shu Hirose‘s The Island of Giant Insects (Kyochū Rettō) manga worldwide outside of Asia.
Anime producer Tatsuya Ishiguro states in the above video that the upcoming OVA is only the “prologue to the full anime project,” and that there are “still many big developments in store.” Ishiguro stated the staff will be launching a crowdfunding campaign in the future.
The anime will ship in Japan on DVD in a limited-edition bundle with the manga’s sixth compiled book volume on June 20.
The anime stars:
- M.A.O as Mutsumi Oribe
- Rika Tachibana as Chitose Naruse
- Misato Fukuen as Ayumi Matsuoka
- Momo Asakura as Mami Miura
- Chiaki Takahashi as Misuzu Jinno
The survival horror story begins when Mutsumi Oribe and her classmates are flying for a school field trip, and their plane crashes. They drift onto an island dominated by giant insects. The tagline for the anime is, “On that island … humans are merely insect fodder.”
Takeo Takahashi (Spice and Wolf, Aki Sora) is serving as chief director of the anime at Passione, and Shigeru Morita (Arpeggio of Blue Steel – Ars Nova) wrote the script. Takayuki Noguchi (Queen’s Blade: Rebellion) is designing the characters.
Yasutaka Fujimi and artist group RED ICE launched the manga on Akita Shoten‘s Champion Cross website in 2014 before moving it to Akita Shoten‘s free manga website Manga Cross. Shu Hirose (artist for El Cazador de la Bruja, Sōkō Akki Muramasa: Minagoroshi manga) took over the art for the manga on December 27 due to RED ICE group’s poor health.
Update: Added streaming regions. Source: Crunchyroll
Source: Crunchyroll‘s The Anime Awards Livestream