LAIN 2 ???? !!!!!
WORD UP!!! Triumvirate of Awesome ABe, Konaka and Nakamura are coming out with a new project. Serial Experiments Lain had ABe for character design, Konaka for story and Nakamura as director. These three are working together again!!! Could this be the new Lain?! (Ghost Hound was supposed to be the new Lain but ABe was missing so it doesn’t count…)
ABe wrote the following on his blog:
“The announcement is at Mr. Konaka’s website. Starting with the July issue of Animage (on sale from June 10th) it will be serialized for one year. The one-year period is our current estimate.
About ten years ago, when we were releasing serial experiments lain, I became completely absorbed in the project and worked almost blindly on it, but now that I look back I feel that something like the core of my art came out of that work.
On this occasion too, I will try my best to have it turn out that way.”
I was the first to comment, telling him to gambare!!!
Konaka’s website has it titled “The New Project of Yoshitoshi Abe, Ryutaro Nakamura and Chiaki J. Konaka”. He writes:
“I’m in poor health, and this will go on forever…Just as I was thinking this I get to announce a brand-new project. Starting on the upcoming issue of Animage (the 31st anniversary issue), a new “graphic novel” or something like it will start serialization, the product of a collaboration between Yoshitoshi ABe and me.
Strictly speaking, the first chapter will appear on the issue after the next. This time it will be sort of an introduction chapter. In addition to this first glimpse we are planning an intro to the composition of the work so I hope you will check it out for more news. Naturally, Director Nakamura is also involved in the creation of the concept for this project. The “page design work” is being directed by Senior Editor Matsushita. We’ve also asked help from Norihito Nezu, to whom I have often be in debt in relation to Geneon work. Already I was making unreasonable demands regarding fonts and I am very grateful that help is coming so quickly.
Wow, it’s been a while, huh…this session-style series (laughs). The plan is to run this for one year. Updates will be on the Animage page so do check that out too.”
My translation was kinda rushed but I’m sure you get the point. Sure, it’s a graphic novel, but what is Director Nakamura doing in there?? I smell awesome anime coming, and that pic is delish!!!