Proceeds from the ED single will be going to charity
The third trailer for upcoming TV anime GIBIATE was released today with new footage as well as revealing the ending theme song 'Endless ~Across the Time~' from SUGIZO (LUNA SEA/X JAPAN) and Maki Ohguro. Further announced was that the proceeds from the June 1 release of the single will go to medical staff and countermeasures against the coronavirus (COVID-19).
On the official website for the GIBIATE PROJECT, executive producer and production committee chairman Ryo Aoki confirmed that the TV anime will be "start the broadcast in July as scheduled" even though its Anime Expo premiere was canceled (due to event itself being canceled) and promotions being halted. The full statement reads:
"First of all, I would like to express my sympathies to the people in Japan and all over the world for their self-restraint at the request of the national and local governments and for their own decisions. It's already been 3 months since humans were afflicted by COVID-19.
GIBIATE was supposed to be the centerpiece of a huge anime event in Shanghai on May 1st, where all-star creators team will be present to reveal the final PV and ending song at the event. Furthermore, it was already announced that GIBIATE's world premiere would be held at Anime Expo in Los Angeles in July, but the event has also been cancelled.
The after recording was halted as the emergency declaration was made, and some people wondered if the word "virus" in contents was appropriate due to this special timing.
Even on Twitter,
'GIBIATE might be postponed...'
'I will still wait for GIBIATE even if they can't make it in July'
I began to see those warm words.
Continue in July or postpone it voluntarily?
Is it possible to have a safety-conscious production? Wouldn't it make the audiences uncomfortable?
On a number of issues, we struggled and came up with one answer.
Going back to 4 years ago, I started GIBIATE PROJECT. And the theme of anime has been defined as "LIVE" since then.
A ray of light named Sensui pierces the virus-plagued humanity, and a heroine who discovers the light of hope.
This story depicts a group of men who lives in a time when life and death were more familiar to them.
We believe that GIBIATE, the collective strength of Japanese all-star creators, will be able to cheer up and give courage to those who have suffered from the virus and self-restraint, and give hope to our warmhearted fans through this work. So we decide to overcome difficulties on production and lack of promotions due to cancellations of the events, and start the broadcast in July as scheduled.
However, as it was difficult for key stations to broadcast this anime on terrestrial broadcasting due to its key word, I would like to apologize for having to give up broadcasting only on key terrestrial stations.
We are determined to do our best to bring this special anime work to you.
There are only 2 months left, but we will do everything we can to mitigate impact of COVID-19 and delay of after recording while advancing the production.
I hope that GIBIATE will be able to support you in July. Please take care of yourself until then."
SUGIZO (LUNA SEA/X JAPAN) composing 'Endless ~Across the Time~' and Maki Ohguro singing the ending theme for GIBIATE has them joining an all-star Japanese creative team, which includes Yoshitaka Amano (character designer), Naoki Serizawa (monster designer), Yuzo Koshiro (music composer), and the Yoshida Brothers (music performers). The single for 'Endless ~Across the Time~' is scheduled to be released in Japan on June 1, though distribution platforms haven't been confirmed
The story of GIBIATE is described as follows:
In 2030, Japan. A virus has infected humans throughout the world. Infected people turn into different forms of monsters based on their ages, sexes and races. The virus is named ‘Gibia’ - after being rich in variety like gibier. Just then, a pair of samurai and ninja appeared in such a blighted wasteland of Japan. They both travelled from the early Edo period, fighting together with help from a doctor who tries to find cure for Gibia. Facing ceaseless attacks from Gibia, and outlaws that attack travelers for food, they start the dangerous journey with enemies all around.
GIBIATE is scheduled to be broadcast in Japan from July 2020.
© "GIBIATE PROJECT" Production Committee
Daryl Harding is a Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll News. He also runs the YouTube channel about Japan stuff called TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza, and posts photos of his travels on Instagram.