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Gen Urobuchi’s Eisen Flugel Will Be Anime Movie

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Gen Urobuchi’s 2009 light novel series, Eisen Flugel, will appear on the silver screens as a movie. It is currently unknown when it will appear in theaters. A-1 Pictures will produce the film. This announcement came at Aniplex Online Fest on Saturday.

While Urobuchi (RWBY: Ice Queendom) penned the original novels, Seiji Mizushima and Yukie Sugawara (Sword Art Online) are the ones writing the screenplay. Seiji Mizushima (Mobile Suit Gundam 00) will also be the chief director. In the original light novels, Takashi Takeuchi (Fate) provided the character designs. Keigo Sasaki (Boku dake ga Inai Machi) is in charge of adapting these designs for the Eisen Flugel movie. As for the music, Yuki Kajiura (Puella Magi Madoka Magica) will work as the composer.

You can watch the trailer for Eisen Flugel here:

Eisen Flugel is a light novel duology that came out in 2009 and is an original work from Urobuchi. In a written comment sent during the unveiling of the Eisen Flugel teaser, Urobuchi revealed that the story had always been intended to be a movie, rather than the novel it was eventually published as. The idea came from a film treatment drafted when game developer Nitro Plus was given an opportunity to pitch for a theatrical anime project. In Urobuchi’s telling, the president of Nitro Plus “demanded that [he] transform their proposal into a one-cour anime project. And so [I] panicked and scrambled to add more content to the proposal.” The original pitch ended up not panning out, and some time later Urobuchi reworked the pitch into the two-volume novel that was eventually published under Shogakukan’s Gagaga Bunko imprint. “And so, after nearly twenty years,” Urobuchi said, “Eisen Flugel can finally become the feature film it was always destined to be.”

The story takes place during a time when dragons still ruled the skies. However, people with artificial wings challenged these dragons to duels in order to claim ownership of the sky. The story follows Karl Schunitz, the test pilot for the Blitz Vogel (the world’s first plane with a jet engine), in his challenge against the Kaiser Drache. The Kaiser Drache is a dragon said to have glowing wings and can travel at the speed of light. But even researchers debate its existence.

Eisen Flugel is in development.

Stephanie Liu
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