While we're just gearing up for summer's anime season, a new bit of promo art for the October anime adaptation of psychological mystery manga Zetsuen no Tempest has revealed who is working on the BONES (Fullmetal Alchemist, Soul Eater) production.
Based on a story by Spiral's Kyou Shirodaira, the manga from writer Arihide Sano and Ren Saizaki runs in Square Enix's Shounen Gan Gan.
Yoshino Takigawa is visiting his friend's family grave. After getting there, he encounters Evangeline Yamato, a woman in search for her friend Mahiro Fuwa, who left a month ago to find his family's killer without any clues to who it might be. Evangeline informs Yoshino that two places where Mahiro has been spotted have been quarantined, due to an epidemic.
When Evangeline is questioning Yoshino at gun-point, Mahiro comes out of nowhere and swiftly saves him and can stop bullets in mid-air, claiming to have a deal with a sorceress; not just any, but the strongest sorceress, Hakaze Kusaribe, who promised to help find his family's killer with her magic so he can kill the killer himself.
After saving Yoshino, Mahiro informs him about the epidemic, a curse that turns living things into metal, claiming the Kusaribe clan plans to revive the Tree of Zetsuen that could destroy the world.
The director is a Masahiro Ando, who recently helmed Hanasaku Iroha, but who has a lot of action animation cred for work on anime such as Sword of the Stranger, Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, Ghost in the Shell and Wolf's Rain.
Other staff includes Sword of the Stranger's Tsunenori Saito's on character design, Michiru Oshima (the first Fullmetal Alchemist anime, Xam'd: Lost Memories, Soranowoto) on music and Hiroki Kanno (No. 6, Spriggan) as animation director.