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Human Lost unleashes a cyberpunk Ghost Rider in sneak peek at Fuminori Kizaki’s next anime film

By Jacob Oller
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Human LostAfro Samurai director Fuminori Kizaki’s cyberpunk adaptation of Osamu Dazai’s novel No Longer Human, has been on our radars since SYFY WIRE spoke with Kizaki, Toshiaki Obata (Psycho-Pass), and Shuzo John Shiota (president of Polygon Pictures) back at this year’s C2E2. Now the film, which showed off a trailer and concept art at its first-ever panel, is heading to U.S. theaters — and SYFY WIRE has a first look at what anime fans can expect from the sci-fi madness.

With Mad Max, Blade Runner, Akira, and Ghost in the Shell among the film’s influences, the themes of urban alienation and addiction take a body-morphing turn in the 2036 Tokyo-set film. Medical advances are keeping the super-rich alive for unnatural lengths...but at a cost. In the clip below, the hero, Ōba Yōzō, gets, well, there’s no way to sugarcoat this: he’s shot in the head and killed by the baddie, Masao.

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Demonic monsters, a villainous plot, and a dog-robot carrying a sword. And they all get blown out of the water by Yozo’s Ghost Rider-esque “Lost Form,” which is just a fiery skeleton man that tears monsters apart with his bare hands. If all that doesn’t pique anime fans’ interest, it’s hard to know what will. Two fiery skull-faced badasses? Maybe they’ll show up by the film’s end.

Human Lost will get a limited theatrical release on Oct. 22 (subtitled) and Oct. 23 (dubbed).