It goes without saying that I’ll watch anything Takashi Miike makes, even when he’s adapting an odd sci-fi manga for the big screen. The prolific director’s upcoming feature, Terra Formars, is based on the manga of the same name. Judging from the trailer, which appeared online sometime last year, it appears to be one of Miike’s more subdued endeavors. In other words, don’t expect any piano wire, psychotic superheroes, or vaginal blowdarts. Sometimes a change is good, right?
Crunchyroll has a pretty good summary of the Terra Formar anime’s plot. Although the movie may differ slightly, this is essentially what you should expect from the flick:
With Earth becoming increasingly overpopulated, an ambitious plan has been put into place to terraform Mars using mold and cockroaches. Nearly 500 years after the plan, a mission to Mars, Annex 1, is under way to accomplish crucial research into the Virus currently plaguing mankind with the crew members who’ve been injected with various DNA of life on Earth in order to combat the Terraformars, giant humanoid cockroaches.
If Terra Formars isn’t your thing, stay tuned: The filmmaker is also working on an adaptation of Blade of the Immortal and a sequel to The Mole Song. That’s the good thing about being a Takashi Miike fan — if you didn’t like his last film, you don’t have long to wait until the next one arrives.
Terra Formars hits Japan on April 29, 2016. Check out the trailer below.