【Key】has continued offering a lot of game masterpieces, including “AIR”, “CLANNAD”, and “Angel Beats!”, which “make us cry”. Among them, ” planetarian: The Reverie of a Little Planet” is a premiere game which has continued to be loved all over the world for more than 10 years since its release. In 2016, the work is set to turn into an anime!
A man strayed into the place and met a【robot girl】. A【Story of Miracle】guided by stars in the world under continuous rain after a world war.
The【Sealed City】is the most dangerous town abandoned by the people due to the effects of bacteriological weapons.
There is a robot girl at the planetarium in a department store there. Her name is “Yumemi Hoshino”.
She was a presenter at the planetarium, but is an almost broken robot operable for only 7 days a year. There she has been waiting alone in this world with no people for 30 years while believing that someone will visit there some time.
When she woke up on a day in the 30th year, a man appears in front of her.
“Congratulations! You are just the 2.5 millionth customer!”
The man guards against the robot who has suddenly appeared. He is a “junker”.
He makes a living by collecting rare substances. He sneaks into the【Sealed City】, suffers an attack from battle machines (Menschen Yaeger) roaming about in the city, and strayed into this planetarium.
“How about the planetarium? The beautiful endless twinkles never disappear in any time ……. Stars scattered across the sky are waiting for you.”
What will he see in this world going to ruin where you cannot see even stars?
A coincidence occurs on that day when the robot girl operable for only 7 days a year wakes up. What miracles happen there ――?
■ Director：Naokatsu Tsuda（”JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure” series and “Inu × Boku SS”）× Original：Key（”AIR”, “CLANNAD”, and “Angel Beats!”）× Production：david production（”JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure” series）
The original is “planetarian: The Reverie of a Little Planet”. This is a premiere game created by【Key】that has continued offering a lot of masterpieces, including “AIR”, “CLANNAD”, and “Angel Beats!”, which “make us cry”. “planetarian” has continued to be loved for more than 10 years since its release. In 2014, the work started selling at an overseas game site ‘steam’, and has been enjoying overwhelming support as shown by its satisfaction level of 98%.【Key】also offers full cooperation with the scenario preparation and music. The end of this anime film will be closed by a theme song composed by Shinji Orito and performed by Lia. The pair produced the famous song “Tori no Uta” still loved by many people. They work closely together for the first time in 8 years for this anime to lead the ending of the story to a grand star journey.
The production is performed by【david production】which is famous for the “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure” series. The anime is directed by a distinguished talent Naokatsu Tsuda. He is also a fan of the【Key】works, and was in charge of the “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure” series and “Inu × Boku SS”. In addition, Katsuichi Nakayama serves as the series director. He was an assistant director of “Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance.” and “Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo.”. Kanetake Ebikawa is in charge of the mechanic design. He worked on “Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans”. The art director is Yuusuke Takeda who was in charge of “Ghost in the Shell”. Furthermore, talented staff have gathered for this work who are also involved in the “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure” series.
■ The stories begin with “planetarian: The Reverie of a Little Planet” and end with the film version “Hoshi no Hito”. The【planetarian Project】starts!
Watching the respective stories featuring “Yumemi Hoshino” and the “junker” will bring you unprecedented deep impressions at last ―.
“planetarian: The Reverie of a Little Planet” to be delivered from July 7th is made up of five episodes in total, and leads to the film version “planetarian: Hoshi no Hito”, including the five episodes, which will be premiered on September 3rd. What kind of climax will the stories of the two guided by stars reach ……?
■ This is a story of a girl. “planetarian: The Reverie of a Little Planet” ―.
On July 7th (Thursday), the distribution of the anime will start on Nikoniko Doga and other video distribution sites as listed below.
J：COM Ondemand / milplus / au videopass / d animestore / Bandai Channel
/ Playstation Store / U-NEXT / Anime Houdai / GYAO!
■ This is a story of a man. “planetarian: Hoshi no Hito” ―.
To be premiered sequentially throughout Japan including at TOHO CINEMAS on September 3rd (Saturday)
Original：”planetarian: The Reverie of a Little Planet” (Key)
Script Writer：Shougo Yasukawa and Naokatsu Tsuda
Series Director：Katsuichi Nakayama and Shunsuke Machiya
Collaborator with Original：Key/VisualArt’s
Original Character Designer：E-ji Komatsu
Character Designer：Hitomi Takechi
Mechanic Designer：Kanetake Ebikawa
Prop Designer：Shinya Uchida
Art Setter：Hiroshi Izumi
Color Designer：Yuuko Satou
Art Director：Yuusuke Takeda and Yuuko Sugiyama
3D Director：Youji Nagasawa
Director of Audiography：Takayuki Yamaguchi and Naokatsu Tsuda
Sound Effect：Yasumasa Koyama
Music：Shinji Orito, Donmaru, and Tomohiro Takeshita（VisualArt’s）
Animation Production：david production
“planetarian: Hoshi no Hito”, Theme song：Lia
“planetarian: The Reverie of a Little Planet”, Ending theme “Twinkle Starlight”：Sayaka Sasaki
Image song “Worlds Pain”：Ceui
Yumemi was a companion robot who served guests and made a presentation at the planetarium on the rooftop of the main store of the Flowercrest Department Store. She was left at the planetarium due to the attack at the city by bacteriological weapons just after the war broke out 30 years ago. Since then, the almost broken robot operable for only 7 days a year has been waiting for a guest. When she wakes up on a day in the 30th year, she meets a “junker”.
● The Junker(Kuzuya)
A young man who makes his living by collecting rare substances from ruined towns and selling them in the world devastated by a world war 30 years ago. He sneaks into the【Sealed City】for unprecedented treasures and resources, suffers an attack from battle machines (Menschen Yaeger) protecting the city, escapes into a ruined building, and meets Yumemi at a planetarium there.
The materials on the distributed and theatrical anime “planetarian”【should not be disclosed until April 15th (Friday) 19:30. 】
Anime’s official site：planetarian-project.com
I am Naokatsu Tsuda in charge of directing the anime “planetarian”.
I have played video games created by Key on a personal computer like a latchkey kid actually since my graduation from high school. I have cried several times while playing the games.
Now I am very nervous since I am entrusted with an important task of directing the anime adaptation of Key’s video game this time.
Among the games by Key, “planetarian” is one of the titles of which an anime adaptation has been waited for a long time.
Because of time constraints, some of the fans may not have expected to see its anime adaptation in their lives?
And now that the anime adaptation is set, the fans must wonder what anime on earth it will be.
Music? Scenario? Visuals? Does the anime cover only the contents of the game or those of the novel, too?
It is necessary to explore the meaning of the anime adaptation of the game “planetarian” as deep as possible. We are working while considering to represent the “original landscape” common to the Key’s video games appropriately for delivery to viewers.
Please look forward to the release of the anime.
I hope that the anime “planetarian” will be a light for your life in this current uncertain world after watching it.
In April 2016
■Original Character Designer：E-ji Komatsu
Congratulations on the anime adaptation!
It has been a long time since the release of the video game. Thanks to the support of many people, we can watch Yumemi moving.
I am looking forward to watching the visual representation of the completed work.
■ Character Designer：Hitomi Takechi
Yumemi is waiting alone for a guest at the planetrarium in a ruined department store.
I designed her as a cute admirable heroine that we can’t help cheering for.
The other protagonist is a “junker”. There was no illustration for him in the original game.
So I created an illustration of him, based on the image of the director. As a result, the junker has become one of the characters that I love.
I hope you will watch how he will change after meeting Yumemi.
■ Music：Shinji Orito
It was about 10 years ago that “planetarian: The Reverie of a Little Planet” was released as a “Kinetic Novel”.
At that time, I never dreamed that the game would turn into an anime. But when I actually watch some of the animated parts, I am deeply impressed: “Oh, they are really moving … .”
This time I composed the BGM and the theme song of the film version for the anime adaptation.
We also did our best to make the music match the view of the world of the work. We will be happy if you enjoy the anime.
Shinji Orito at VisualArtʼs / Key
■ Keiko Suzuki (acting Yumemi Hoshino)
12 years have already passed since the release of the original video game. The progress of robotics has made robots much more familiar.
The future we imagined those days seems to have come now.
To match the current situation, before recording, the director at first gave me a plan “to make the robot more humane than in the original video game”.
I have inserted some awkward expressions using breaths for showing emotions which were intentionally avoided in the original game “because it is a robot”.
I sometimes noticed in the progress of the recording that my way to let out a voice and my expressions as Yumemi might have become softer and gentler in these 12 years …… .
It’s not only my vocal acting that has changed!
Various sounds and motions depicted only in sentences in the original game are expressed vividly.
There are many things that can be seen only in the anime.
I am still excited by getting a glimpse of some parts!
The world of “planetarian” is further evolving on a new stage called anime in 2016. Both Yumemi and I will be very happy if everyone feels this new world, regardless of whether he/she knows the original game or not.
■ Daisuke Ono (acting the junker)
I’m really happy that we can deliver “planetarian” to the world in this way again after a long time.
Here is the Key we love. A timeless immortal masterpiece. Please watch its eternal brilliance.
■”planetarian: The Reverie of a Little Planet”, Ending theme “Twinkle Starlight”：Sayaka Sasaki
I performed the ending theme song “Twinkle Starlight”. This was the third time when I collaborated with Mr. Okano and Donmaru-san.
I sang the song that is positive, brilliant, and cute while keeping the clarity of Yumemi-chan in mind.
During the recording I was given a strange request about the English parts in the lyrics: “Forget the English pronunciation! Sing the parts in Japanese-English pronunciation intentionally!” I had the greatest difficulty there. I hope that everyone will be into a ‘twinkle twinkle’ loop.
■ “planetarian” image song “Worlds Pain”：Ceui
Hello, I’m Ceui. I sang “planetarian Theme of Junker: Worlds Pain”.
As the title “Worlds Pain” shows, this song is a combination of strength and weakness for the persons who head for hope while feeling pain.
I myself was involved in and sympathized with the view of the world shown by the song, like ardent beauty, and sang absorbedly.
I believe the finished song is very lovely. I’m so happy if everyone enjoys the world of “planetarian” more deeply together with this song.
Please look forward to the release of the anime!!
■ “planetarian: Hoshi no Hito”, Theme song “Hoshi no Fune”：Lia
I’m Lia who is in charge of the ending them song “Hoshi no Fune” in the film version anime “planetarian: Hoshi no Hito”. It’s a great honor for me to sing “Hoshi no Fune” this time.
I will be happy if the song is often listened to and beloved by “planetarian” fans.
I haven’t sung a song composed by Mr. Orito since “Clannad: After Story”.
This song “Hoshi no Fune” is a combination of the gentle, comfortable, and melodious piece composed by him with the lovely lyrics written by Mr. Okano which represent the view of the world of “planetarian”, and my singing. I’ll be happy if everyone soaks up the planetarian fantasy created by the song♪
■ Original Game Scenario Writer: Yuuichi Suzumoto
I have never expected that the game would possibly be visualized as an anime! Furthermore, I am honestly impressed by the surprising cast and staff and contents!
“planetarian: The Reverie of a Little Planet” began modestly, and has continued for a long time though in a little complicated manner. I am full of emotion to know its anime adaptation as a person who triggered the creation of the original game.
The junker, or one of the protagonists whose appearance has been unclear for a long time, the careless heroine Yumemi Hoshino, and other persons who “live” in the world under continuous rain. How will they move? I am already nervous and excited about it.
■ Magome Togoshi
Congratulations on the film anime adaptation of “planetarian”!
“planetarian” is one of the games I love. 12 years ago I worked on its BGM for the first time. In those days, the Kinetic Novel for PCs was supposed to be sold on a download basis. I still remember well that I made music by trials and errors under many restrictions including capacity.
The music pieces to be used in this anime are said to have been arranged fantastically with the atmosphere of the original ones retained. I am also looking forward to enjoying the music together with the film expressions on a large screen at a film theater.
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