January 27: New Film Project Unveiled by Expelled from Paradise Anime Staff
Toei Animation announced on Monday that the makers of the 2014 CG anime film Expelled from Paradise, including director Seiji Mizushima, writer Gen Urobuchi, and producer Kouichi Noguchi, are set to unveil a new film project during the Virtual Anime Fes virtual event at Toei Animation’s ONN’ON Studios virtual chat program on January 27.
Mizushima had shared in November 2022 that the next project from the Expelled from Paradise team would be revealed in spring 2023, although at that time, the project was not specified. Mizushima, Urobuchi, and the film’s character designer Masatsugu Saitō (Xenoblade Chronicles 2) were mentioned as being aligned with the project. Saitō created the image shown below for the announcement:
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Urobuchi had previously shared that Renji Ōki (Azur Lane, Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters novelization), a scriptwriter for Nitroplus who wrote an Expelled from Paradise spin-off novel,
is collaborating on the background materials for the upcoming project. Kouichi Noguchi, the producer and CG director from Toei Animation’s Expelled from Paradise (Digimon: Data Squad) is contributing to the new project. The team did not make any assertion that the new project is related in any way to the story of Expelled from Paradise.
The Expelled from Paradise film first premiered in Japanese theaters in November 2014, and received the Best Animation of the Year Award at the 24th Japan Movie Critics Awards in May 2015. Aniplex of America distributed Expelled from Paradise across 15 theaters in the United States in December 2014.
In North, Central, and South America, Aniplex of America made the film available on Blu-ray Disc in June 2015.