Schell Bullet (Japanese: シェルブリット) is a series by Kunihiko Ikuhara. It is composed of a two-volume novel by Ikuhara with artwork by Mamoru Nagano, and Schell Bullet: Thanaphs 68 (Japanese: Schell⋮Bullet サナフス68), a concept album composed by Tenpei Sato with vocals from Ikuhara and Maria Kawamura.

Schell Bullet
Cover to Schell Bullet: Aden Arabie.

  • Schell Bullet: Aden Arabie
  • Schell Bullet: Abraxas

AuthorKunihiko Ikuhara
Original title
IllustratorMamoru Nagano
GenreScience fiction, mecha
PublisherKadokawa Shoten

Synopsis edit

As a result of gene manipulation, society is segregated by genes into "Majors" – intersex humans who maintain a monopoly on stronger genetic material – and lesser dual-sex "Minors". (Ikuhara stated that he chose to make the Majors intersex because he wished to create "a race which combines the good parts of both women and men."[1]) Protagonist Ors Break is hired by the intergalactic trading company Balt Liner Corporation to pilot a schell, a bio-organic mecha, by claiming to be a Major. When the truth of his Minor status is revealed, he comes to an agreement with his superior, a Major named Delbee Ibus, to continue working for the organization.[1][2]

Production edit

Schell Bullet was published by Ikuhara following the release of Adolescence of Utena, the film sequel to the anime series Revolutionary Girl Utena, and shortly prior to his relocation from Tokyo to Los Angeles.[3] The novel was Ikuhara's first project released during his twelve-year hiatus from directing anime, which spanned from the conclusion of Utena in 1999 to the release of Penguindrum in 2011.[4] Ikuhara and Nagano promoted the novel at an event held by Newtype by cosplaying as characters Sailor Mars and Sailor Venus from the TV series Sailor Moon, of which Ikuhara was a director and series director.[5][6]

Though Ikuhara stated that he received offers to adapt the novel into an anime, an anime adaptation never transpired.[7]

Media edit

Novel edit

Schell Bullet was published by Kadokawa Shoten. The novel was released in two volumes: Aden Arabie, published in 1999, and Abraxas, published in 2000. The novels include illustrations by Nakano of the novel's characters and settings, as well as diagrams of the schells.[2]

No. Title Japanese release date Japanese ISBN
1Schell Bullet: Aden ArabieSeptember 1, 1999[8]978-4048530910
2Schell Bullet: AbraxasJuly 1, 2000[9]978-4048531290

Album edit

Schell Bullet: Thanaphs 68
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedJuly 21, 2000
LabelStarchild Records
ProducerTenpei Sato

A concept album for the novel, Schell Bullet: Thanaphs 68 (Schell⋮Bullet サナフス68), was composed by Tenpei Sato, and features vocals from Ikuhara and Maria Kawamura.[10] The liner notes for the album famously feature a photograph of Ikuhara wearing a leather bodysuit with a spiked corset.[10][11]

References edit

  1. ^ a b Kotani, Mari (15 January 2000). "Disturbing, Traversing, Borderless, Shaking Sexuality: The Place where Revolutionary Girl Utena was Born". Actual Sexuality (115). Retrieved 10 October 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Schell Bullet". Gears Online. Retrieved 5 November 2019.
  3. ^ "Kunihiko Ikuhara to move to United States". Anime News Network. 8 January 2001. Retrieved 5 November 2019.
  4. ^ "Strike Up The Dandy". The Mike Toole Show. Anime News Network. 5 October 2014. Retrieved 5 November 2019.
  5. ^ Toole, Mike (12 November 2017). "Gothicmade in Japan". The Mike Toole Show. Anime News Network. Retrieved 5 November 2019.
  6. ^ "Sailor Moon staff information". Retrieved December 17, 2019.
  7. ^ Sevakis, Justin (22 April 2001). "Interview: Kunihiko Ikuhara". Anime News Network. Retrieved 5 November 2019.
  8. ^ "シェルブリット〈1〉ADEN ARABIE". Amazon Japan (in Japanese). Retrieved 5 November 2019.
  9. ^ シェルブリット (2) (in Japanese). ASIN 4048531298.
  10. ^ a b "Kunihiko Ikuhara IRC Chat Interview at the New York Anime Festival". 8 October 2001. Retrieved 10 October 2019.
  11. ^ Yamashita, Shizuki (2001). "Kunihiko Ikuhara Discusses "Utena," the Future, and Moving to Los Angeles". Akadot. Retrieved 10 October 2019.

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