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Global anime brand Crunchyroll, along with WOWOW and Sony Pictures Entertainment, have announced that they’re teaming up for the development and production that will be an anime TV series adaptation of the fantasy adventure novel Bye Bye, Earth.
Bye Bye Earth’s anime TV series will stream on Crunchyroll in more than 200 countries and territories, as well as WOWOW in Japan as it airs in the future. The anime’s staff, cast, and release date are yet to be revealed.
Anime fans love to immerse themselves in new fantastical worlds and our partnership with Wowow and Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan will allow us to present new adventures to the global anime community. We’re excited to work with such incredible partners to create and support new content that we know will become favorites for anime fans globally.
Rahul Purini, president of Crunchyroll commented at Crunchyroll
You can see the novel’s cover, which features the human girl Bell, here:
What is the plot of Bye, Bye Earth?
The story centers on a young human girl named Bell, who lives on a version of Earth where everyone around her has animal characteristics, such as animal ears and tails. Another notable difference is that the world has magic. Bell travels across the land in an effort to seek out her “own kind” (humans) and in order to discover if there are other beings like her.
The mystery of what happened to “normal humans” lurks in the background of the story. On her journey and quest for self-discovery, Bell encounters volatile situations, which force her to have to take up her sword and fight. Conflicts between different cities filled with these half-human half-animal beings are taking place, but in the barren wastelands, Bell encounters other kinds of dangerous conflicts.
Although Bell doesn’t have a clear “dream” like most shounen manga heroines, she is more relatable with her way of just seeking out the meaning of her existence, trying her best, and worried about what lies beyond discovering the truth. But in a world where she’s basically a “heretic” will Bell be able to find any friends and allies or will she remain alone and separate from all those around her?
As the author of Bye Bye, Earth I am very happy to hear that it will be getting an anime adaptation. This novel is my first after my debut, and it is full of passion and zeal. I am obsessed with world-building and creating “other worlds”. Even the ecosystem in Bye Bye, Earth is different from our world. Bell is a “normal human being” but in this world she is regarded as a “heteromorphic” existence” and a “heretic”. I put my heart and soul into this story about trying to obtain a “self” that does not depend on the world’s view. Twenty years have passed since the book was first published. I sincerely hope that many people will watch the anime and enjoy it.
Tow Ubukata commented at wowow.co.jp
Where can I read the novel?
In December 2000, the original Bye, Bye, Earth novel, written by Japanese author Tow Ubukata, was released. From 2007 to 2008, the novel had a four-volume release featuring art from Hyung-tae Kim.
From 2019 to 2002, a manga adaptation by Ryu Asahi was serialized in Young King Ours and four volumes have been released in Japan.
The novel is currently available on Amazon here.
Who is Tow Ubukata?
Tow Ubukata is the pen name of a Japanese novelist and anime screenwriter. He is most known for his works including: Mardock Scramble, Le Chevalier D’Eon (the novelization, the manga version, and contributed to the anime version), and Heroic Age. Tow Ubukata handled the scripts for the anime series: Fafner in the Azure, Ghost in the Shell: Arise, Psycho-Pass 2, and Psycho-Pass 3.
In 1996, Tow Ubukata debuted as a writer of short stories and his story Black Season won the Kadokawa Sneaker Award. In 2009, his story Tenchi Meisatsu won the Eiji Yoshikawa Award for New Writers. In 2012, his story Mitsukuni-den won the Fuutarou Yamada Award.
Ubukata is also a writer for the Japanese visual culture magazine Newtype. “A Gambler’s Life”, comedic, satirical pieces chronicling his day-to-day life experiences and interactions with people (mostly his wife), have been serialized in the magazine. Ubukata gave himself the nickname “The Kamikazi Wordsmith” in these pieces. “A Gambler’s Life” was also published in the American counterpart, NewType USA, which is sadly now discontinued. In 2003, Ubukata won the 24th Nihon SF Taisho Award.
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