Shisha no Teikoku

The Empire of Corpses

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Synonyms: Project Itoh
Japanese: 屍者の帝国
English: The Empire of Corpses
German: Project Itoh: The Empire of Corpses
Spanish: The Empire of Corpses
French: Project Itoh: The Empire of Corpses
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 2, 2015
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: Funimation
Studios: Wit Studio
Source: Novel
Genre: Sci-FiSci-Fi
Themes: HistoricalHistorical, PsychologicalPsychological
Duration: 2 hr.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 6.851 (scored by 2902229,022 users)
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Ranked: #48932
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Popularity: #2336
Members: 84,452
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By the 19th century, humanity has cultivated technology enabling the reanimation of corpses. Unable to experience individual thoughts or emotions, the corpses are programmed by humans to act as laborers in various occupations.

This newfound technology, however, comes with a catch. Science may be able to restore the corpses' ability to move, yet it cannot return what every corpse loses at death: the soul. But Doctor Victor Frankenstein, who vanished shortly after his revolutionary work on corpse reanimation, is said to have revived the only corpse in possession of a soul.

In pursuit of this scientific knowledge, London medical student John Watson hopes to fulfill his promise to his late partner, Friday. After being scouted by a government agency, Watson is on a hunt to obtain Frankenstein's notes, which he believes hold the key to the secrets of the soul. During his search, Watson uncovers the harsh realities of the developing corpse technology and the price he must pay to advance his research.

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Winner of the Platinum Grand Prize during the 2016 Future Film Festival, held in Italy.

Characters & Voice Actors


Cook, Justin
Wada, Jouji
Producer, Executive Producer


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Oct 3, 2023
Alright, took a dive into this steampunk-zombie-ish flick recently, and let's just say... it's a mixed bag. First off, if you're thinking of giving it a whirl, do yourself a favor and avoid the DUB like it's last year's expired milk. The accents they attempted? Yikes. Felt like they were juggling too many balls, dropped a few, and decided to keep juggling.

As for the plot, imagine Swiss cheese. You got it: holey. I mean, there are moments when you think it's onto something profound, and then BAM! It throws you a curveball that has you thinking, "Wait, what?" It's like the movie itself is on ...
Apr 10, 2024
Mixed Feelings
I saw this a year and a half ago yet the memory stays with me, not because it's so good but because it could have been.

The world built around this anime film is pretty vast and there is so much that happens in its runs through to the point it feels too fast or rather too perplexing when things happen to certain characters, or when the plot develops into a new phase.

The characters and setting as well felt derivative. Just taking the sort of character you'd find in sherlock Holmes novels and shoving them into a steampunk Frankenstein type world. A world that doesn't have ...
Jul 12, 2022
I have an interesting history with this here work of art. The first time I watched it was without hearing any sound/dialogues. I was sitting in a bar with friends and it was playing on one of the screens. So I was periodically looking up and that was how I watched entire thing for the first time. It seemed quite interesting. The art was decent and whatever was happening on the screen seemed very intriguing. But then recently I've decided to watch the whole thing properly. And God knows that was a mistake.

While the premise of the world it is set in sounds interesting - ...

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