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Netflix Announces That Upcoming Anime Series 'exception' Features Music by Academy Award Winner Ryuichi Sakamoto

Netflix Announces That Upcoming Anime Series 'exception' Features Music by Academy Award Winner Ryuichi Sakamoto

“WHAT IS A HUMAN?” Every life is precious. – There are no exceptions.

Netflix series exception is premiering on October 13th.

  • Based on an original story by Hirotaka Adachi, with character designs by Yoshitaka Amano, ‘exception’ is an original sci-fi space horror anime ‘... where there is no escape’. The music is composed by world-renowned musician and Academy- and Grammy Award winner Ryuichi Sakamoto.

  • Quote from music composer Ryuichi Sakamoto:“I’ve always liked science fiction and when I read the script, it made me want to see it visualized so I decided to participate. (Thoughts about the series:) We live in a time when cloning and other gene manipulation technology is advanced but the questions that arise here are, ‘What is life?’ or ‘What is humanity?’ This work deals with these kinds of questions head on. ​​I wanted to make the main theme song be a symphonic piece—the kind that has become a staple for sci-fi since Star Wars. I made the soundtrack as a whole be darkly ambient and worked towards making the entire soundtrack feel like one piece of music rather than separate by scene. That said, I did include a degree of harsh sounds in the fighting scenes. I was able to make a soundtrack that I like very much.”

  • About ‘exception’: In the far future, humanity has been driven from Earth and forced to move its population to another galaxy. Members of a scouting team are sent to search for a planet suitable for terraforming. The crew was created through a biological 3D printer, but a system malfunction causes one of the crew members, Lewis, to emerge in a deformed state. As Lewis turns on his fellow crew members Nina, Mack, Patty and Oscar, a countdown to the end of the mission begins in the frightening darkness of the ship.

Cast English and Japanese:

Lewis: Nolan North / Chikahiro Kobayashi, Mack: Robbie Daymond / Takahiro Sakurai, Nina: Ali Hillis / Yuko Kaida, Oscar: Eugene Byrd / Takanori Hoshino, Patty: Nadine Nicole / Atsumi Tanezaki


Original Story, Screenplay: Hirotaka Adachi (Otsuichi), Director: Yuzo Sato, Music: Ryuichi Sakamoto, Character Design: Yoshitaka Amano, Production: Tatsunoko Production (Bakken Record), Studio 5

Patrick Sebastian Henkel

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