We’ve long known the folks over at Toonami are more than just executives trying to cash in on this whole Japanimation thing. Nope, TOM and pals are true fans, a fact made abundantly clear when they gave madman Mamoru Oshii a bunch of cash to make CG/live-action hybrid micro-series Sand Whale and Me.
Now Toonami is airing a trailer for the series and it looks, well, Oshiiish.
Sand Whale and Me, which comes in five five-minute chunks, will premiere March 18 on Toonami and celebrates the programming block’s 20th anniversary.
Stylistically, Sand Whale and Me looks like the logical (or illogical, rather) progression in Oshii’s CG/live-action hybrid films set in a video game universe like Avalon and Assault Girls. Toonami says the series is about “a female paratrooper in the distant future who is stranded in a vast desert” whose “only hope is to catch a Sand Whale from a pack.” Based on the trailer, though, it seems like the “distant future” of the description might actually be some kind of VR game.
Music for the series will be composed by – no surprise here – Kenji Kawai, with Innocence’s Atsuki Sato handling CG supervision.
At 25 minutes total, Sand Whale looks like it might provide the Oshii weirdness we love without some of the drag of his full-length live-action works. We’ll find out March 18!