It has been announced that Abi Umeda’s Kujira no Kora wa Sajou ni Utau (Whale Calves Sing on the Sand) will get a TV anime adaptation!
The original work has been serialiing in Monthly Mystery Bonita (Akita Shoten) since 2013. It is a fantasy story which takes place in a world full of sand. A giant ship named Doro Kujira (Mud Whale) is sailing on that sea of sand, and on this ship live children who have special powers called ‘Saimia’. These powers are both a blessing and a curse, as the children who possess them must face an early death. Chakuro is the archivist of Doro Kujira and believes that his short life will end without seeing the outside world. However, a ruined ship is one day washed up on Doro Kujira. Chakuro meets a little girl who was washed up along with it and so begins Chakuro’s adventure.
The story was adapted into a live stage performance starring Tomoru Akazawa in 2016. The manga currently has 8 volumes, with Volume 9 to be released on March 16.
Umeda has released a special illustration to commemorate the anime adaptation. She said, ‘I think it would be such a happy thing for the story and the characters if a lot of people watch the anime and find out about the ‘record’. I am really looking forward to seeing Doro Kujira and its children move in animation!’
Kujira no Kora wa Sajou ni Utau shows up on the cover page of the February issue of Monthly Mystery Bonita released on January 6! More information about the anime will be revealed in due course. Keep checking MANGA.TOKYO!
Comment by Abi Umeda
‘This story is written in the form of a “record” kept by protagonist Chakuro to leave a message to the world that he and the others were definitely living on the ship Doro Kujira. I think it would be such a happy thing for the story and the characters if a lot of people watched the anime and found out more about the ‘record’. I am really looking forward to seeing Doro Kujira and its children move in animation!’