The January 2024 issue of Kadokawa‘s magazine revealed on Saturday that the film project will have a novelization. The numbering on the novelization indicates it will run for two to three volumes, with the first volume shipping on January 30. Liu Goto, who penned the novelizations for and and is also penning the script for the film, is penning the new novelization. Tomofumi Ogasawara, who drew illustrations for the novelization, is drawing the illustrations.
The film will open in Japan on January 26, 2024. The story is chronologically set in C.E. (Cosmic Era) 75.
director Mitsuo Fukuda is directing the film at Bandai Namco Filmworks. Fukuda also co-wrote the script along with his late wife Chiaki Morosawa and Liu Goto. Hisashi Hirai () is designing the characters.
The film project is part of the Project ignited initiative, which was announced in 2021. The initiative commemorates the 20th anniversary of the original anime in 2022, and it has several parts. The initiative also includes a new game and the Eclipse side-story manga.
director Mitsuo Fukuda confirmed that the film is a sequel to the second television anime, .
The first television anime aired from 2002 to 2003, followed by from 2004 to 2005. The three-part anime project followed in 2006. Sony Music Anime Festival ’06 announced the planned film project in May 2006.
Chiaki Morosawa, the head scriptwriter for the two series, passed away at the age of 56 in 2016. She had been collaborating with her husband, who directed both television series, on the planned film project. Morosawa had explained in 2008 that the plot for the project was completed, but that she had been ill since the end of the sequel in 2005.
Source: January 2024 issue
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