Anime Expo confirmed on Friday that it will host the world premiere of Yoshitaka Amano's Gibiate anime series at its 2020 event. The screening event will also host Amano, scriptwriter Ry Aoki, and shamisen musicians Yoshida Brothers. Amano and Aoki will also participate in a panel and autograph sessions, and the Yoshida Brothers will perform as part of the Gibiate world premiere, and will also host a mini-concert.
Anime Expo 2020 will be held on July 2-5 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
The official YouTube channel for the anime additionally began streaming a second English-subtitled trailer for the project on Friday.
The anime stars:
Tetsuya Kakihara as Sensui Kanzaki
Yukiyo Fujii as Kathleen Funada
Hiroki Touchi as Kenroku Sanada
Michio Hazama as Yukinojyo Onikura
Gibiate Project, a global IP development group that includes Amano (Final Fantasy games), is developing the series. The group announced the anime at Anime Expo 2019 in July.
Gibiate Project describes the anime's "ultimate survival action" story:
In 2030, Japan. A virus has infected humans throughout the world.
Infected people turn into different forms of monsters based on their ages, sexes and races. The virus is named 'Gibia' - after being rich in variety like gibier.
Just then, a pair of samurai and ninja appeared in such a blighted wasteland of Japan.
They both travelled from the early Edo period, fighting together with help from a doctor who tries to find cure for Gibia.
Facing ceaseless attacks from Gibia, and outlaws that attack travelers for food, they start the dangerous journey with enemies all around.
Amano is credited as the original character designer of the upcoming anime, while Naoki Serizawa (Resident Evil manga, Saru Lock) is designing the monsters. Yuzo Koshiro (Ys, Act Raisor) is credited as "Sound Creator," and the Yoshida Brothers are the musical artists. Ry Aoki (Girl Friend BETA, BONJOUR Sweet Love Patisserie, Endride) is credited with project planning and the original story, and actor Hiromi Sakimoto is credited as a performer.
The overall project also includes artist collaborators such as Japanese doll maker Mataro Kanabayashi the Third, swordsmith Kunihisa Kunihisa, calligrapher and artist Sisyu, and Hideo Komatsu (president of the shamisen company Komatsuya Co., Ltd.).