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New Multimedia Franchise 'Arata naru Sekai' Announced

by ap19
Jun 7, 2012 9:44 PM | 54 Comments
On June 8, 2012, the official site of Arata naru Sekai (The New World) was opened to announce a new multimedia franchise headed by a collaboration between Ascii Art Media Works, Aniplex, Kadokawa Shoten, and Madhouse. The franchise consists of one whole story written by Hitoma Iruma, which will be split into the past, the present, and the future, each to be told as a novel, manga, and anime respectively. This project was started in celebration of Iruma's 5th year as an author.

Images from Official Site (all drawn by Kurehito Misaki)
key visual
characters in the past
characters in the present
character in the future

Synopsis of Franchise
The human population has been severely diminished, and tomorrow may be the day of extinction. However, the unchanging seasonal cycle passes by as always, now in the chilly days between autumn and winter. To be exact, time hasn't stopped, but the world can't go to tomorrow.

All that remain are chronologists (researchers who study time) and a few children. Time travel is finally achieved, and the young boys and girls are planned to be sent to the past and to the future in order to save the human species from extinction.

School becomes dominated by lectures regarding time travel for the aptitude test. The results classify the students into those who will go to the past, those who will go to the future, and those who will remain.

the boys who jump to the past to decipher the mysteries of the world
the girls who jump to the future in hope of witnessing prosperity
and the girls who cannot do anything more than plow their farms

"Arata naru Sekai" is a story about these children who search for a bright tomorrow.

Synopsis of Novel (past)

Synopsis of Manga (present)

Synopsis of Anime (future)

Novel Writer, Original Manga Story, Original Anime Story and Script, Lyrics: Hitoma Iruma (Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko)
Novel Illustrations, Original Character Design: Kurehito Misaki (sample works on homepage)
Manga Artist: Kenji Ooiwa (Welcome to the NHK)
Animation: Madhouse
Music: Satoru Kousaki (Kizumonogatari)

Source: Official Site (Japanese), Cradle Homepage, Hitoma Iruma Homepage

Note: All translations made in this article are temporary and subject to revision upon official updates. The synopses for each medium have spoiler tags only to avoid lengthiness, and do not provide anything more than what is given on the homepage.

TLNote: The title is written in Japanese as アラタなるセカイ (katakana), instead of 新たなる世界 (kanji). The title can be interpreted as "The World of Arata".

Aratanaru Sekai on MAL

20 of 54 Comments Recent Comments

Will be an OVA, release date: 2012/10/20
(box contains anime on BD+DVD, manga, novel, and soundtrack CD)

Aug 7, 2012 10:24 AM by Gebbi

Yeah I am watching due to its innovative approach in mixing world Apocalyptic shitty situation using the means of 3 time periods and gathered info. That is if the kids survive there.

Jun 14, 2012 12:50 AM by Yumekichi11

amare135 said:
I don't really like the idea... I don't read manga or novels, so I'll have to force myself to read them to get the full story.

That comes for good, then. Reading is great.

Jun 11, 2012 12:16 AM by taterhead

Character design is pretty cool and the synopsis seems interesting enough. However, I'm a bit taken aback by the fact that it will be split into three different media. Specially considering how long it usually takes for light novels to be translated...

Jun 11, 2012 12:10 AM by hontobaka

I don't really like the idea... I don't read manga or novels, so I'll have to force myself to read them to get the full story.

Jun 9, 2012 3:29 PM by amare135

Wow, this is an extremely cool idea. The only bad part is that the novel might not be translated...

Jun 9, 2012 1:13 PM by itsvero

I'll be keeping a close watch on this.

Jun 9, 2012 12:35 PM by lordzeru

It sounds promising, will definitely try to watch

Jun 9, 2012 12:26 PM by giraffe13280

count me in

Jun 9, 2012 8:03 AM by Mr_Gutts

Sounds interesting, will check it out.

Jun 8, 2012 7:30 PM by mitch3315

wow, sounds like a lot of stuff in one....series i guess, past being a novel, present being a manga, and the future being an anime.

this is really interesting actually, and would like to see how this goes. though we need a MAL page.

Jun 8, 2012 6:43 PM by supermegasonic

The plot is very interesting and the art looks really nice.

Jun 8, 2012 4:05 PM by ZeroZx

Time travel? I'm in.
It sounds intriguing.

Jun 8, 2012 1:03 PM by darkerealm

seems interesting, i might end up watching it

Jun 8, 2012 12:48 PM by giusex27

New time travel anime - Oh, I love time travel shenanigans!

Author of Denpa - Well, my interest sure didn't last too long.

Jun 8, 2012 12:32 PM by Mogami-kun

Sounds like a really interesting plot, but i hope it doesnt end up as bad as denpa onna since its the same author.

Jun 8, 2012 11:40 AM by lzumi-chan

I find the synopsis really interesting as I love time travel story and the character design seems awesome !
But we'll miss one part of the story if there isn't any translation of the novel ...
Anyway I will watch for sure :)

Jun 8, 2012 7:31 AM by ptitejuju

Artwork looks great.
Probably will end up watching/reading them all.

Jun 8, 2012 7:01 AM by Rawrol

Stokky said:
ap19 said:
"[the story] will be split into the past, the present, and the future, each to be told as a novel, manga, and anime respectively"

The correlation between the various timelines and the projects is presented in a different order on ANN:

- past = manga
- present = novel
- future = anime

Jus' for the sake of respectively'ness :p

Yeah I saw that too, quoting the article...

ANN said:
For the manga about the story's past, Iruma is collaborating with artist Kendi Oiwa (Goth, Tsukumo Happy Soul, Welcome to the N.H.K.). For the novel about the story's present day, he is collaborating with illustrator Kurehito Misaki. Finally, he is planning the anime about the story's future with the studio MADHOUSE, the production company Aniplex, and musical composer Satoru Kousaki (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Bakemonogatari, Nisemonogatari).

Jun 8, 2012 6:57 AM by HenryLeonheart

well I'll probably watch!

Jun 8, 2012 6:54 AM by Ahmer

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