The official website for Cyborg 009 Call of Justice, the new three-part CG anime project based on Shotaro Ishinomori‘s classic science-fiction hero manga Cyborg 009, announced the cast of the nine cyborgs on Thursday.
(From left to right)
- Keisuke Koumoto as 009/Joe Shimamura
- Risa Taneda as 003/Françoise Arnoul
- Misato Fukuen as 001/Ivan Whisky
- Takuya Satō as 002/Jet Link
- Satoshi Hino as 004/Albert Heinrich
- Kenji Nomura as 005/Geronimo Jr
- Mitsuaki Madono as 006/Chang Changku
- Setsuji Satoh as 007/Great Britain
- Haruki Ishiya as 008/Pyunma
Koumoto said he is honored to be part of a history-making story beloved by many generations. Taneda also said that it is a great privilege to be linked to the important role of 003, since she has watched previous Cyborg 009 anime countless times. The cast for the new anime is different from previous incarnations of Cyborg 009, including 2012’s 009 Re:Cyborg film and last year’s Cyborg 009 Vs. Devilman project.
The site for the new anime has been streaming a teaser trailer, which reveals the anime’s staff, and shows the anime’s 3D CG animation.
The new project’s story depicts Joe Shimamura and the other cyborgs’ struggle with the Bresudo, a group of people who possess superhuman powers and intellect, and have manipulated human history since ancient times. Their goals are unknown, and they cast a dark shadow over the world.
Though few people believe in the Bresudo’s existence, one journalist named Lucy Davenport heads to Texas to contact a certain family, and she meets the cyborgs. The cyborgs themselves have been freed from their duty of protecting humanity ever since the establishment of the UN Guardian troops, and they now live quiet lives of peace. However, Lucy’s visit and the return of the Bresudo draw Joe and the others once more unto the breach of a new battle.
The site also revealed a visual for the films, which shows the character designs for the cyborgs. Both the teaser and the visual have the tagline, “When a crisis threatens the world, they’re always there.”
Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Moribito – Guardian of the Spirit, Eden of the East is credited as chief director of the project. Koudai Kakimoto (Psycho-Pass movie unit director, Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova DC assistant director) is directing the film. Kamiyama and Kakimoto previously collaborated on the 009 Re:Cyborg anime film, which Kamiyama directed and Kakimoto served as unit director. I.G Port’s new anime studio subsidiary Signal.MD (Tantei Team KZ Jiken Note, Anime Tamago’s “Colorful Ninja Iromaki ” short) is animating the films, with Ishinomori Production and Production I.G producing. Masatsugu Saitō (Captain Earth, Expelled from Paradise) is designing the characters.
The anime celebrates the manga’s 50th anniversary. The anime will consist of three parts, and all three will receive limited two-week theatrical runs in Japan starting on November 25, December 2, and December 9, respectively.
Ishinomori first launched the Cyborg 009 manga in the Weekly Shonen King magazine in 1964, and the series remained unfinished due to his death in 1998. Three Cyborg 009 television anime series adapting his manga premiered in 1968, 1979, and 2001. Four theatrical anime film adaptations also debuted in 1966, 1967, 1980, and 2012. Kenji Kamiyama directed the latest film in the franchise, 009 Re:Cyborg, in 2012. Mamoru Oshii also directed his own 3D short of Cyborg 009 in 2010 with sponsor Panasonic. The Cyborg 009 Vs. Devilman crossover anime debuted last year.