Sōta Sugahara's 500 Million Year Button Manga Gets Anime Adaptation

Would you push the button?

The 500 Million Years Button


In 1970, Richard Matheson kicked off an enduring thought experiment with his short story "Button, Button." Push a button, and you get a substantial amount of money; but someone you don't know will die. Then in 1999, Sōta Sugahara (gdgd Fairies) put his own spin on the idea with his manga installment 5-Oku-Nen Button. And next month, it's getting an anime adaptation. 


Translated to 500 Million Year Button, the story (like Matheson's) kicked off a long-running philosophical debate. Sugahara's version of the box grants a million yen to whomever pushes the button. But in this case, the button-pusher must spent 500 million years alone in an empty space, at the end of which they'll forget the entire half-billion-year ordeal and return to the moment they pressed the button. Knowing you'll walk away with just under $7,500 with no memory of the several million lifetimes of isolation you've just endured... would you do it?


Tonion, Jiami, Suneko, and Professor Inoue


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The series focuses on a trio of siblings — 5-year-old Tonio, 14-year-old Jaibi, and 17-year-old Suneko — who are presented with this opportunity. The three need to raise money to pay their father's hospital bill, so the thought experiment comes at an especially tempting time. 


A trailer has been released for the upcoming project:



As well as a cast list:


Tonio: Masako Nozawa (Goku in Dragon Ball)

Jaibi: Suzuko Mimori (Umi Sonoda in Love Live!)

Suneko: Naomi Ōzora (Hana Uzaki in Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out!)

Professor Inoue: Marika Kōno (Petra in Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-)

Unko-chan: Shiori Mikami (Akari Akaza in YuruYuri)

Hana-chan: Hina Yomiya (Shinju Inui in My Dress-Up Darling)

Dragon: Volcano Ōta (Sasaki in One Piece)

Narrator: Banjou Ginga (Gihren Zabi in Mobile Suit Gundam)


VTubers Koko and Rim will be performing the series's themes: Koko with opening theme "TIME," and Rim with ending theme "Tick-Tock Boy." Sugahara will write, direct, and handle character designs for the adaptation.


500 Million Year Button ~Sōta Sugahara's Short Shorts~ premieres July 14 on TOKYO MX.




Source: Anime! Anime!




Kara Dennison is the book reviewer for Sci-Fi Magazine and a regular features writer for Otaku USA Magazine. Follow her on Twitter @RubyCosmos, and read more at KaraDennison.com.

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