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Studio Bones make dark graffiti-inspired series Gachiakuta their next project

Studio Bones make dark graffiti-inspired series Gachiakuta their next project

Written by Ross Locksley on 13 Jun 2024

Studio Bones have announced their latest project tabled for 2025, the Kondansha dark and graffiti-infused series Gachiakuta. The studio has released a teaser visual and trailer to announce the move which suggest that the style of the manga will be faithfully reproduced for the screen.

What is Gachiakuta?

A battle against conformity, authority and discrimination!

Rudo lives in the slums of a floating town, where the poor scrape by under the shadow of the rich who live a sumptuous life, simply casting their garbage off the side, into the abyss. Then one day, he’s falsely accused of murder, and his wrongful conviction leads to an unimaginable punishment—exile off the edge, with the rest of the trash. Down on the surface, the cast-off waste of humanity has bred vicious monsters, and if Rudo wants to have any hope of discovering the truth and seeking vengeance against those who cast him into Hell, he will have to master a new power and join a group known as the Cleaners who battle the hulking trash beasts of the Pit!

Created by manga artist Kei Urana and graffiti artist Hideyoshi Andou, Gachiakuta has been serialized in Kodansha’s Weekly Sh┼Źnen Magazine since February 2022. It won the Global Special Prize in the Comics category of the Next Manga Awards 2022.

Teaser Trailer:

Messages From the Creative Team

Fumihiko Suganuma, Director
My name is Fumihiko Suganuma and I’m the director of the upcoming Gachiakuta anime. I’ll do my best to deliver 120% of the unique spirit and passion of the manga, and create a show that both Gachiakuta fans and viewers new to the series will enjoy. 

Hiroshi Seko, Series Composition 
Street smart—this was the very first word that popped into my mind when I read Gachiakuta. I see the manga as being filled with knowledge and insights that manga artist Kei Urana and graffiti artist Hideyoshi Andou gained not in the classroom, but first-hand on the streets, sometimes in tough experiences that they powered through to survive. So every page has a sort of nostalgic old-school “street” vibe that can be rough and gawky, but also so straight and powerful. I really love this kind of work.

Satoshi Ishino, Character Design & Chief Animation Director
Everything about Gachiakuta—the story, Urana’s artwork, Andou’s graffiti, and the world they’ve created—is really captivating. The different expressions, the dynamism and sketches that Urana draws are all incredible, and I hope to do justice to this fantastic artwork. And you can look forward to awesome action scenes too.

Artwork and message from manga artist Kei Urana
When I was little, I used to sit in front of the TV eagerly waiting for my favorite anime shows to come on. And as that little kid, I used to dream about one day having my own manga turned into an anime by Bones, a studio I love. I’m looking forward to watching the Gachiakuta anime on the screen together with you all!

Message from graffiti artist Hideyoshi Andou
I’m looking forward to seeing Gachiakuta in motion! Enjoy every bit of it!

If you can't wait to find out more about the series, you can read a sample of the manga on the Kodansha website.

Ross Locksley
About Ross Locksley

Ross founded the UK Anime Network waaay back in 1995 and works in and around the anime world in his spare time. You can read his more personal articles on UKA's sister site, The Anime Independent.

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