On the official Twitter account of Project Anima, it was announced today that the sci-fi anime “Sacks & Guns!!” (Japanese: “SAKÜGAN”) will be broadcast on Japanese television from autumn 2021. In addition, new character designs have been released, which you can check out below.
Sacks & Guns is Created by Satelight
“Sacks & Guns !!” is being produced under the direction of Jun’ichi Wada (“WorldEnd”) in the Satelight studio (“Fairy Tail, Hellsing“). Yuji Iwahara (“Dimension W”) is responsible for the original character design, while Stanislas Brunet (“Macross Delta”) contributes the mecha design. Eriko Kimura is responsible for the sound.
The anime is based on the novel “Sakugan Labyrinth Marker” by Nekotarō Inui, who won the category “Science Fiction / Robots” by Project Anima. The anime was originally supposed to premiere this year but had to be postponed to October 2021.
Project Anima is a collaboration between several Japanese companies to produce three TV anime of different genres for 2020. For the project, which is divided into the categories of “Science Fiction / Robot”, “Another World / Fantasy” and “Kids / Game”, creators from all over Japan, regardless of whether they are professionals or amateurs, could submit their work.
Sacks & Guns Character Designs
|Director||Jun’ichi Wada (“WorldEnd”)|
|Character Design||Yuji Iwahara (“Dimension W”)|
The distant future, long after the western calendar is no longer used. People live cramped shoulder to shoulder in the »labyrinth«, an underground world deep below the surface. There are many colonies where people live in the underground labyrinth. The place is known for extremely high temperatures, but also for gold, silver and other riches. In a colony called Pin-in, a curious nine-year-old girl named Memenpū and her father Gaganbaa board a two-person working robot and mine. They earn their living as the lowest of the lowest “worker” occupations.
One day Memenpū asks her father to pretend to be “markers” – the ones exploring the intricacies of the maze – so they can look for their mother, who has left home. If they come across a “mysterious giant creature” lurking in the caves, the survival rate is less than 5 percent. Since discovering an unknown world is a dangerous work, “cards” have great value in the world of the labyrinth and bring high prices to the market. The marker is the most dangerous, but also the most lucrative job.
Gaganbaa realizes that he cannot dissuade the curious Memenpū from this idea and finally gives in. The two go on a journey together in the working robot. But the “cost” of curiosity… The “truth” they eventually revealed… This is an epic father and daughter journey on the theme of family love.