Human Lost is an upcoming animated film adaptation of Japanese novelist Osamu Dazai’s 1948 novel Ningen Shikkaku (No Longer Human). It is set for worldwide release in 2019, which would mark Dazai’s 110th birthday were he alive today.
The film was screened at Anime Expo 2019 in Los Angeles, which is running July 4-7, where music unit m-flo made a surprise appearance to announce that they are in charge of the film’s main theme HUMAN LOST. They also revealed that the song will feature Grammy-nominated international reggaeton singer J Balvin.
The above new teaser for the film was also released featuring the first preview of the song.
The film’s soundtrack will be composed by Yugo Kanno (Psycho-Pass anime & live-action) while the sound director will be Yoshikazu Iwanami (Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse).
The m-flo members commented about their tie-up with the film. LISA spoke about the main theme, saying: “When it came to writing the melody for our part of this song, I had quite a few birth pangs, which is rare for me. Even though we were under the usual skies of Guam where we always go to record, I hit a hard wall, to the point that I escaped for a few weeks at ☆Taku’s request [laughs]. I felt a huge energy in his track and inside that power, speed, and a gentleness and effortlessness. Just by listening to his track I felt a spirit inside all of those emotions and tried to convey them through the melody, lyrics, and vocals. The song is like a roller coaster of emotions!”
VERBAL commented on the film itself: “Human Lost has a very dark and moving story based on something that could actually happen to society in the future. It was great momentum when recording the song.”
Taku Takahashi left a comment for fans looking forward to the film: “Anime is form of art that disputes in the real world. I am so grateful to be part of such a film. We’re mixing the sound in a way that it is three-dimensional so it can be enjoyed at the cinema, so be sure you go to see it!”
The film’s story is set in 2036. A breakthrough in medical science has led to the creation of nanomachines, and the S.H.E.L.L. system that controls them, which ensures humans are free from disease and injury and extends their lifespan to 120. But this ultimate social system has warped the Japanese nation in a number of ways, whether it be economical disparities, serious environmental pollution, or the “Human Lost” phenomenon that malforms people disconnected from the S.H.E.L.L. network.
©2019 HUMAN LOST Project
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