During its Geeked Week livestream on Wednesday, Netflix revealed a new visual and the director for anime studio Wit Studio and author Tow Ubukata's upcoming Moonrise project. Masashi Koizuka (Attack on Titan seasons 2-3) will direct the now-confirmed anime, but no further details were revealed.
Ubukata (Mardock Scramble original creator, script for Ghost in the Shell Arise, Heroic Age, Fafner) released a free English prologue novel titled Moonrise on Amazon in December 2018. The novel was translated by Matt Treyvaud.
According to Wit Studio, the project "takes place in the near future and will be set on both the Moon and Earth." George Wada, president and CEO of Wit Studio, describes the project:
"Moonrise" follows the lives of two men, Jack and Al, as they face various difficulties in the vast world of outer space. All action and scenery in previously unexplored areas of the Moon will be depicted using an innovative type of animation not seen before. My sincere wish is that this project inspires contemporary
Kuroi Kisetsu (The Black Season), Ubukata's first work, won the first Sneaker Taisho Gold Prize in 1996. In 2003, his novel Mardock Scramble won the Nihon SF Taisho Award. His 2009 historical novel The Universe Revealed won the Booksellers Award, the Yoshikawa Eiji Prize for New Writers, and an Naoki Award.
Attack on Titan, Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress, The Ancient Magus' Bride, Vinland Saga, and After the Rain are all works by Wit Studio. Vivy -Fluorite Eye's Song-, Ranking of Kings, and the currently airing SpyFamily, a collaboration with CloverWorks, are some of the studio's recent works.