Attack on Titan animators tackle Frankenstein's tale in shocking new The Empire of Corpses trailer

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Apr 14, 2016, 11:10 AM EDT

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's John Watson delves into unauthorized corpse reanimation using Victor Frankenstein's journals in this phantasmagoric new steampunk horror anime from Wit Studio, the animation factory that delivered the flesh-eating cannibals of Attack on Titan.  Based on the award-winning novels by Project Itoh, The Empire of Corpses is a bizarre but beautiful alt history romp into a realm where the undead are used for mass labor and the lost writings of a mad scientist may hold the key to their salvation and the secrets of the soul.

Here's the official synopsis:

In an alternate version of 19th century London, the world has been revolutionized by “corpse reanimation technology” creating armies of undead who serve the living as laborers across the globe.

In an attempt to revive his dearly departed friend, young medical student John Watson becomes obsessed with replicating the work of Dr. Victor Frankenstein-the legendary corpse engineer whose research produced the only re-animated corpse to possess a soul. But when his illegal experiments put him at odds with the British government, Watson is drafted into a worldwide race to find the lost research notes of Victor Frankenstein before the secrets of the human soul fall into the wrong hands.

Check out the trailer below and tell us if this freaky Frankenstein tale is worthy of further examination.


The Empire of Corpses invades theaters in a limited release from Funimation Films on April 19 and 20, 2016.  For participating theaters click here.

(Via io9)