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Osamu Dazai's 'Ningen Shikkaku' Novel Receives Anime Movie Adaptation

by sevenPocky
Mar 22, 7:23 PM | 21 Comments
Osamu Dazai's novel Ningen Shikkaku (No Longer Human) gets an anime movie adaptation titled HUMAN LOST Ningen Shikkaku to screen in Japanese theaters as well as worldwide this year. Mamoru Miyano will portray the main lead Youzou Oba.

Story
"Mine has been a life of much shame."

Tokyo, 2036 (Showa year 111): a revolution in medical treatment has conquered death...
By means of internal nanomachines and the "S.H.E.L.L." system whose network controls them, human beings suffer no diseases, require no treatment for injuries, and are guaranteed a 120-year lifespan, free from illness. Yet this consummate social system warps the Japanese nation in a host of ways: unresolved economic disparities, ethical decadence resulting from deathlessness, grave environmental pollution, and the "Human Lost" phenomenon, in which people themselves, disconnected from the S.H.E.L.L. network, become malformed. Japan teeters wildly between two potential futures: civilization's restoration or its destruction.

Atmospheric pollution suffuses "Route 16" in the Outside—the area outside the Route 16 beltway. Youzou Oba, who lives an idle, drug-saturated life, joins Masao Horiki, a mysterious man who associates with the drag-racing gangs, on an incursion Inside—the area within the Route 7 loop where the privileged class lives—only to be embroiled in a violent struggle. When he encounters a malformed sufferer of the Human Lost phenomenon, a "Lost," Youzou's life is saved by Yoshiko Hiiragi, a girl of mysterious abilities who belongs to the anti-Lost agency H.I.L.A.M., and he discovers that he himself also possesses extraordinary powers...

Degradation and death. Life and hope. Buffeted by fate, a man tears himself apart and cries out. Rage. Sorrow. Pathos. Consumed by despair and bitter tears, Youzou Oba is himself transformed into a demon. A human lost... or a human who can find himself? (Source: Official site)

Staff
Supervisor: Katsuyuki Motohiro (Psycho-Pass director)
Director: Fuminori Kizaki (Afro Samurai)
Storyboard, Script: Tow Ubukata (Ghost in the Shell Arise)
Character Designer: Yuusuke Kozaki (Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto)
Concept Art: Kenichiro Tomiyasu (INEI)
Planning, Producer: MAGNET, SlowCurve
Domestic Distribution: TOHO VISUAL ENTERTAINMENT
Studio: Polygon Pictures

The novel serves as Dazai's final complete published work as he took his life a few days after the book was published. Whilst released in 1948, it remains as the second best-selling novel in Japan behind Natsume Souseki's Kokoro. To commemorate Dazai's 100th birthday in 2009, a movie adaptation of the novel was announced, which was later screened the next year. It spawned a new movie adaptation starring Shun Oguri and will be released on September 13, 2019. The first four episodes of studio Madhouse's 12-episode 2009 TV anime Aoi Bungaku Series also adapted the novel. In the 2011 Future Film Festival held in Italy, the series won the Platinum Grand Prize.

Additionally, the novel was adapted into three versions of manga. The first is a direct retelling of the novel that was commissioned for the "Manga de Dokuha" series, published by Gekkan in 2007. Followed by Usamaru Furuya's three-volume adaptation that was serialized under Shinchosha's Comic Bunch magazine from 2009 to 2011. In 2010, a five-chapter manga by Yasunori Ninose was serialized under Akita Shoten's Champion RED magazine. Junji Itou also drew a three-volume adaptation that was serialized under Shogakukan's Big Comic Original magazine from 2017 to 2018.

The 2007 manga was published in English digitally by the now-defunct JManga while the 2009 manga was published in English as No Longer Human by Vertical Inc. from 2011 to 2012.

Teaser Trailer


Official site: https://human-lost.jp/
Official Twitter: @HUMANLOST_PR

Source: Moca News

Human Lost: Ningen Shikkaku on MAL

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Gets Manga via Afternoon starting August issue releasing June 25.
https://natalie.mu/comic/news/332868

Edit: Released, and will be short serialization
https://natalie.mu/comic/news/337052

Teaser Trailer 2
Theme Song: "HUMAN LOST feat.J.Balvin" by m-flo
Announced via Anime Expo
https://natalie.mu/comic/news/338595

May 24, 8:42 PM by tsubasalover

May 9, 10:15 PM by tsubasalover

Will be Screened via Annecy International Animated Film Festival between June 10 - 15
https://moca-news.net/article/20190422/2019042218000a_/01/

Apr 22, 2:13 AM by tsubasalover

Nice, the story sounds very interesting. I will definitely give it a try!

Mar 24, 1:36 PM by Kataku-ri

I just finished reading the original story not too long ago. I was kind of hoping for a movie that was more like the book - preferably in the same style as Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju - but I'll check it out regardless. Might be interesting.

Mar 24, 7:19 AM by Smirker

Seems like they should say it was inspired by Ningen Shikkaku instead of calling it an adaptation since they changed the entire plot. The only things that are the same are the characters' names and some themes. Fans of Ningen Shikkaku would probably be disappointed by the complete change.
One of the deepest aspects of Ningen Shikkaku is how close it felt. It was our world, our society. Youzou could be anybody. Now, people can easily put it off as "fantasy," and it loses its impact.
Still, could be a great movie. I just don't think it was a smart move to call it an adaptation, because it has high expectations to live up to.

Mar 23, 5:40 PM by ShionAster

CAN'T f**kin' wait It's gonna be EPIC as Dazai's work <3
My Fav Q is : the novel intro
hope it get to be as awesome as his novel still is.

Mar 23, 2:22 PM by MOna-Dazai

I can't say I am too pleased with the change of setting, it sounds too sci-fi-esque/dystopian. It takes the meaning and reason of his original dehumanization away. But I can't say I am not excited about it, so we will see how it goes.

Mar 23, 9:24 AM by NoVeritas

Ramkec said:
What's going on here with the preview, its not even the same story wtf.

They literally came up with a original story and just borrowed the author's name and his novel's name.


Yeah, that's what i noticed too after reading the synopsis and watching the teaser, seems more closer to Bungou Stray Dogs what with the sci-fi, super powers and agencies than being a adaptation of the actual novel, but still super excited because i like supernatural/action stuff aha.

Mar 23, 9:13 AM by Dauphine

Ramkec said:
What's going on here with the preview, its not even the same story wtf.

They literally came up with a original story and just borrowed the author's name and his novel's name.


It's an adaptation. They took the themes of the original story and applied it to a more contemporary setting with different twist and turns.

Mar 23, 4:14 AM by HerrSchiller

that's a cool announcement, I'll watch because I liked the novel, Ill probably reread it if I can find it in my house somewhere.

Mar 23, 2:08 AM by Thorf

Funny how the main character's voiced by Miyano Mamoru who voices Asagiri's version of Dazai Osamu is BSD. Don't really get how this is related to the novel, though.

Mar 23, 1:59 AM by mooshi-e

What's going on here with the preview, its not even the same story wtf.

They literally came up with a original story and just borrowed the author's name and his novel's name.

Mar 23, 12:42 AM by Ramkec

Was super excited that my favourite literature book is getting another animated series after Aoi Bungaku, but looking at the preview, the CGI is something less than favourable; leaves something more to be desired. Also looking at the plot, is it even the same story anymore? I am confusion.

Will still look out for this, might be better than first impressions.

Mar 22, 11:17 PM by Hana_Poko

Liiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit! my 2019

Mar 22, 10:47 PM by Tiger_yuratchka

Stark700 said:
Kuma said:
we just had aoi bungaku, does this even necessary?


Huh? That show aired a near decade ago.

Anyways, I'm not familair with the novel series or a fan of CGI but the premise has my interest.


i mean, a decade ago wouldn't necessary called old.

Mar 22, 10:02 PM by Kuma

Kuma said:
we just had aoi bungaku, does this even necessary?


Huh? That show aired a near decade ago.

Anyways, I'm not familair with the novel series or a fan of CGI but the premise has my interest.

Mar 22, 9:17 PM by Stark700

HOLY FUCKING SHIT!!!! THIS IS AN INSTANT PTW!!!! AND WHAT SEALS THE DEAL IS THAT THEY GOT MAMORU MIYANO TO BASICALLY PLAY DAZAI ALL OVER AGAIN, HELL YEAH!!!!! :D

I don't even care that this is CGI this time!

Mar 22, 9:14 PM by Dauphine

we just had aoi bungaku, does this even necessary?

Mar 22, 8:51 PM by Kuma

When I saw this, the first thing that comes in my mind is Bungou Stray Dogs.

Heck, Mamoru Miyano is voicing in this and he voiced Osamu Dazai in that show.

Did they cast him here because of Bungou Stray Dogs!?

Mar 22, 8:28 PM by TheKawaiiToon

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