Long-Awaited Mamoru Nagano Work Premieres Next Spring
Kadokawa has posted a short trailer for Hana no Utame Gothicmade. While 17 seconds might be unsatisfyingly short, seeing any Gothicmade is cause for the excitement. First unveiled in 2006, this long gestating project marks the directorial debut Mamoru Nagano, an artist/animator best known for his elegantly designed mecha epic Five Star Stories.
The movie opens in Japan in 2011. Nagano's voice actress wife Maria Kawamura (Slayers' Naga) will voice a role.
On a tiny colony world named Carmine, young women known as Songstresses inherit the generation memories of those who came before them, using their knowledge to help a populace that suffers under the harsh policies of the ruling interplanetary league.
Newly reborn as a Songstress, 16-year-old Bellin Ajelli sets off a holy pilgrimage across the planet. Rumors of a possible terrorist attack result in Prince Truhallon of the militant Donau Empire being sent in to protect her, but his very presence is the antithesis of everything Bellin stands for. The two are as different as night and day, but they're stuck together until they reach the capital.
Nagano co-founded publisher Toypress released the Five Star Stories manga in English. ADV released the anime adaptation.