Moonrise, the original anime by WIT Studio, has received both its first trailer and 2024 release date at the Netflix TUDUM 2022 event. There is also a novel of the same name by Tou Ubukata, which serves as a prologue to the anime and is currently available. Watch the new trailer:
The story is written by novelist and screenwriter Tou Ubukata, who won several awards for his novel Tenchi Meisatsu and has handled series composition and screenplays for anime like Fafner in the Azure and Psycho-Pass. Manga artist Hiromu Arakawa, (Fullmetal Alchemist, Silver Spoon) has designed the characters for the anime, while Masashi Koizuka (Attack on Titan seasons 2 and 3) is serving as the director. Check out a special illustration created by Hiromu Arakawa:
Moonrise was announced back in June of this year, and WIT Studio president and CEO George Wada described concept:
“Moonrise” takes place in the near future and will be set in both the Moon and on Earth. WIT STUDIO will join forces with Mr. Ubukata, who is known for the popular series of “Mardock Scramble” (Winner of the Nihon SF Taisho Award) and the historical novel “The Universe Revealed” (Winner of the Booksellers Award).
“Moonrise” will portray the lives of two men, Jack and Al, as they confront various hardships in the vast world of outer space. All action and scenery in the unexplored parts of the Moon will be illustrated using an innovative type of animation unlike any seen before. My sincere wish is that this project inspires contemporary lives everywhere.
Source: Netflix Anime Official YouTube