Baku Yumemakura’s Chimera greenlit for animated film


Novel series, Chimera, is set for an animated film project. This announcement was revealed in the afterword page of the 13th volume (see below). Author Baku Yumemakura details that the animated film project will be involve Ghost in the Shell director Mamoru Oshii. No further details have been provided regarding Oshii’s involvement, production, and release date.

Chimera follows the story of Kou Ootori, a high school student suffering from nightmares of being eaten by a massive beast. Things start to unravel and his powers unlocked when he suddenly meets Reiichi Kuki, an upperclassman in control of his school.

Chimera was first published in 1982, with 16 bunkobon volumes released by Asahi Sonorama until 2002. A tankobon format reprint of eight volumes was then released from 2002 to 2004, with covers by Yoshitaka Amano. Asahi Shimbun and Kadokawa is currently releasing another reprint, with cover art by Shirow Miwa and Katsuya Terada.