TOHO animation began streaming on Friday new a promo video for the upcoming 3D CG anime film adaptation of Osamu Dazai’s 1948 novel Ningen Shikkau (No Longer Human) featuring Masao Horiki (CV: Takahiro Sakurai). The anime film titled “Human Lost: Ningen Shikkaku,” is being animated by Polygon Pictures (GODZILLA anime film trilogy) and will be released worldwide in 2019.
* Concept Based on Osamu Dazai’s “No Longer Human”
* Supervisor: Katsuyuki Motohiro
* Director: Fuminori Kizaki
* Screenplay: Tow Ubukata
* Character Design: Yusuke Kozaki
* Concept Artist: Kenichiro Tomiyasu
* Animation Production: POLYGON PICTURES
* Planning by: MAGNET / SlowCurve
* Domestic Distribution: TOHO VISUAL ENTERTAINMENT
Dazai and his lover Tomie Yamazaki drowned themselves into the Tamagawa
Canal in Tokyo one month after completing the 177-page in 1948. The novel was Dazai’s last work and ranks as the second-best selling novel in Japan, behind Natsume Soseki’s Kokoro.
Osamu Dazai’s No Longer Human, a masterpiece of Japanese literature, receives a bold new birth from
the creative dream team of Katsuyuki Motohiro, Fuminori Kizaki, Tow Ubukata, and Polygon Pictures.
Osamu Dazai’s immortal novel No Longer Human depicts the life of a man falling into ruin. This timeless
masterpiece, whose literary depth and perspective on life and death still carry a powerful impact, has been
dynamically re-envisioned by a dream team of world-renowned Japanese creators.
Acting as supervisor is Katsuyuki Motohiro, whose Bayside Shakedown and Psycho-Pass took Japan by storm.
Directing is Fuminori Kizaki, whose singular vision, as seen in Afro Samurai, Basilisk, and Bayonetta: Bloody
Fate has earned acclaim both in Japan and internationally. The script is by novelist Tow Ubukata, whose many
awards include the Nihon SF Taisho Award for Mardock Scramble and the Yoshikawa Eiji Prize for New Writers
for Tenchi Meisatsu (Tenchi: The Samurai Astronomer).
The story’s world takes on vibrant life through character designs by Yusuke Kozaki, known for his work creating
characters for franchises like Pokemon GO and Fire Emblem, and concept art by Kenichiro Tomiyasu, veteran of
large-scale Japanese and international projects including Final Fantasy XI and Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance.
Moreover, animation production is by Polygon Pictures, the studio that has won numerous awards worldwide for
Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Transformers: Prime, and has carried on its visual revolution with Blame! and
the animated Godzilla film trilogy. This new and radical creative team will astonish the world with Human Lost,
an envisioning of Dazai’s novel that’s like nothing ever seen before.