I’m writing this simply to see whether anyone else is interested in Project Itoh. Of the blogs I follow, only Beatslars of Konnichiwa Anime no Yuujin has delved into both Harmony and Empire of Corpses, and Genki Jason has mentioned the two works here and here. Those two works and Genocidal Organ have their origins as light novels, apparently written by the only fan to ever understand Hideo Kojima’s video games. The story behind the novels, especially how the author wrote them from his hospital bed as he lay dying of cancer, is fascinating:
Curiously, Genocidal Organ (still a work in progress) is the last of the three light novels to receive an anime adaptation, even though it was the first novel of them to be written. Harmony, with its investigation into the nature of happiness and free-will, strikes me as the most interesting. But, all three seem to delve into philosophical questions, even though Empire of Corpses sounds mostly like a zombie-slaying adventure. Besides the philosophical aspect, the world building in these movies, either the steam punk 19th century suffering a zombie apocalypse of Empire of Corpses or the dystopian future where everyone’s minds are controlled in Harmony, strikes me as the sort which makes anime worth watching.
Here are a couple of short articles on Harmony:
So, are any of my dear readers also interested in these works? I certainly want to find time for them!