On the heels of the limited theatrical release of The Empire of Corpses, Funimation Films announces that advance tickets are now on sale for Harmony — the second in a three-part series of animated films adapted from Project (Satoshi) Itoh’s novels.
Harmony is produced by Studio 4°C and co-directed by Michael Arias (Tekkon Kinkreet) and Takashi Nakamura (Akira). Presented in both English subtitled and dubbed versions, Harmony will screen in over 60 theaters across the U.S. on May 17 & 18. A trailer is now available online through IGN.
Harmony was the second novel published from Japanese sci-fi author Itoh, who died at the early age of 34 from cancer. Released in 2009, the novel was well received and was awarded the Japanese Science Fiction Grand Prize, as well as being nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award in 2010.
In a future ruled by an unwavering dedication to good health, three high school girls led by the defiant Miach Mihie attempt suicide as the ultimate act of rebellion. Tuan Kirie survives, but can’t shake the hatred she has for the “perfect world” she lives in.
Years later, a simultaneous mass suicide rocks the globe and sends society into a state of shock. A small group stands up to take credit for the event, claiming they’ve hijacked the consciousness of every person on the planet. Everything about the terrorists’ message sounds too familiar to Tuan. She suspects her old friend Miach might be involved, but how could that be when she’d supposedly killed herself years earlier? Desperate for answers, Tuan launches an investigation that takes her across the globe chasing the ghost of her old friend. But what is Miach’s end game? Will she finally wake the world from its monotonous slumber? Or, end it all for good?