Next World (Japanese: 来るべき世界, Hepburn: Kitarubeki Sekai), also known as Nextworld, is a Japanese science fiction manga series, written and illustrated by Osamu Tezuka in 1951.

(Kitarubeki Sekai)
GenreScience fiction, steampunk
Written byOsamu Tezuka
Published byFuji Shobo
Anime television film
Fumoon (フウムーン)
Directed byHisashi Sakaguchi
Produced byTakamasa Matsutani
Toru Horikoshi
Touru Komori
Written byOsamu Tezuka
Hisashi Sakaguchi
Music byYuji Ohno
StudioTezuka Productions
Original networkNippon TV
ReleasedAugust 31, 1980
Runtime91 minutes


Created in a time when the Cold War was becoming hotter, Nextworld is Osamu Tezuka's parody of the tense relationship between the USA (represented as the 'Nation of Stars') and USSR (known in the work as the 'Uran Federation'). The main storyline focuses on atomic tests that create a race of mutant animals known as Fumoon, with psychic powers and intelligence beyond humans, who formulate a plan to evacuate hundreds of animals and a small group of people off the planet Earth. The reason for this is due to a large toxic cloud approaching the Earth, threatening to wipe out all life. Meanwhile, the two warring superpowers draw closer and closer to a confrontation.


Next World is the last of Osamu Tezuka's early epic science fiction trilogy, consisting of Lost World (1948), Metropolis (1949) and Next World (1951). They were some of the earliest works featuring steampunk elements, which have since consistently appeared in mainstream manga. These steampunk elements eventually made their way into mainstream anime productions starting in the 1970s, with television shows including Leiji Matsumoto's Space Battleship Yamato (1974), Hayao Miyazaki's Future Boy Conan (1978), and the 1979 anime adaptation of Riyoko Ikeda's manga The Rose of Versailles (1972).[1]


  • Science fiction
  • Adventure
Based onNextworld
by Osamu Tezuka
Written byOsamu Tezuka
Directed byHisashi Sakaguchi
Music byYuji Ohno
Country of originJapan
Original languageJapanese
Running time91 minutes
Production companyTezuka Productions
DistributorNippon Television Holdings, Inc.
Original networkNippon TV
Original releaseAugust 31, 1980 (1980-08-31)
Preceded byUndersea Super Train: Marine Express (1979)
Followed byBremen 4: Angels in Hell (1981)

Fumoon (フウムーン) is a Japanese science fiction anime television film by Osamu Tezuka.[2] It is based on the manga Nextworld.


The anime film (based on the manga) is similar, but omits characters from the manga. Another difference is that Kenichi (a character who also appears in the Metropolis manga and its anime adaptation) is a teenager in the film, whereas he is a child in the manga.


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  1. ^ Cavallaro, Dani (2015). "Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (Fushigi no Umi no Nadia)". The Art of Studio Gainax: Experimentation, Style and Innovation at the Leading Edge of Anime. McFarland & Company. pp. 40-53 (40-1). ISBN 978-1-4766-0070-3.
  2. ^ "Anime Sols to Stream Original Yatterman, Aoi Blink, Tezuka Films". Anime News Network. 2013-05-04. Retrieved 2014-08-30.

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