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Katsuhiro Otomo has announced in Anime Expo 2019 a new animation film in which he is working on titled ORBITAL ERA. He has presented a trailer and some character and world designs. Otomo has worked in multiple animation projects during his prolonged career but this will be his third long feature animation film after AKIRA and STEAMBOY. Otomo published a one-shot four page manga titled Orbital Era back in 2001.

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''ORBITAL ERA'' will be his 3rd animated feature film after "AKIRA" (1988) and "STEAMBOY"(2004 ). Otomo himself will write the original concept and screenplay, as well as design and direct the film. The plot takes place in the near-future on a space colony under construction. It is an action-adventure story following the lives of some young boys surviving in this peculiar environment and society as they are tossed around by fate. "The reality found in mankind's future" will be depicted through their perspective. The first key-visual, which Otomo created especially for this announcement, is already inciting excitement not only amongst his devotees but anime fans all over the world.

Katsuhiro Otomo's comment

I’m very happy I can bring to you a new animated feature film. This movie is what I would like to present to the today’s world. We’re still in the middle of production, but I would like to create a film that will be enjoyed by a wide range of people. Please look forward to it.