The film opened in the U.S. before it opens in Japan. Funimation screened the film in theaters in the United States last October with both English subtitles and an English dub. The film opened in Japan last November.
The anime won the the "Axis: The Satoshi Kon Award for Excellence in Animation" award as a Special Mention at Montreal's Fantasia International Film Festival last July. The film also screened out of competition at this year's Annecy International Animation Film Festival last June.
The "new sci-fi, cyberpunk film project" is an adaptation of Osamu Dazai's No Longer Human novel. Funimation describes the film:
From the chief director of “PSYCHO-PASS,” director of “Afro Samurai,” and the studio that brought you “Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters.”
The year is 2036. A revolution in medical treatment has conquered death by means of internal nanomachines and the “Shell System”, yet only the richest can afford to partake.
Yozo Oba isn't the richest. Troubled by strange dreams, he flippantly joins his friend's biker gang on an ill-fated incursion to “The Inside”, where society's elite lives. This instigates a journey of terrifying discovery that will change Yozo's life forever.
Katsuyuki Motohiro (FLCL Alternative, Psycho-Pass) served as executive director. Fuminori Kizaki (Afro Samurai) directed the film at Polygon Pictures. Tow Ubukata (Fafner, Psycho-Pass 2) wrote the scripts. Yūsuke Kozaki (BBK/BRNK, Intrigue in the Bakumatsu – Irohanihoheto) designed the characters, and Kenichiro Tomiyasu (Resident Evil: Damnation) was in charge of concept art. MAGNET and Slow Curve are credited with planning, and TOHO Visual Entertainment is distributing the film in Japan.
Dazai's original Ningen Shikkaku novel follows a young man's deepening alienation from the rest of the world, despite his attempts to maintain a cheery facade.