A highly intriguing multimedia project has just been announced by a group of producers that include anime studio Madhouse, ASCII Media Works, Aniplex and Kadokawa Shoten. The project's dedicated official website
reveals its title to be Arata-naru Sekai
(New World), with an overall sci-fi time-travelling story whose various aspects - future, past and present - will each be depicted in a different format: anime, manga and novel, respectively.
The overall story takes place in a depopulated world that finds itself stuck in time. But, as time travel technology is finally completed, the hope of a better tomorrow is born. The main characters appear to be a "time researcher" and a group of children. Boys are being sent back in time, to solve the mystery of the world. Girls "fly" to the future, in search of more prosperous times. And those deemed unsuitable for the technology remain in the present.
The entire story / script for the anime, manga and novel is single-handedly written by Hitoma Iruma, and he is even penning the lyrics for the music, as well. He previously created the story for Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko
, by the way.
Iruma is collaborating with artist Kendi Oiwa (Welcome to the NHK!
) for the manga (about the past), and with illustrator / character designer Kurehito Misaki for the novel (about the present).
The Arata-naru Sekai anime will follow the future time travelers and, as implied above, it will be created by studio Madhouse, with the production company Aniplex.
You'll find a few early character designs in the anime's local gallery
. Looking good, and the narrative concept sounds damn exciting, too!