Project Itoh

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Project Itoh
Born Satoshi Itō
(1974-10-14)October 14, 1974
Tokyo, Japan
Died March 20, 2009(2009-03-20) (aged 34)
Occupation Novelist, web designer
Alma mater Musashino Art University
Period 2007-2008
Genre Science fiction

Project Itoh (伊藤 計劃 Itō Keikaku?), real name Satoshi Itō (伊藤 聡 Itō Satoshi?, October 14, 1974 – March 20, 2009), was a Japanese science fiction writer and essayist.


Born in Tokyo and graduated from the Department of Imaging Arts and Sciences at Musashino Art University. While working as a web designer, he wrote Genocidal Organ and submitted to Komatsu Sakyō Award contest in 2006. Although it did not receive the award, it was published from Hayakawa Publishing in 2007 and was nominated to Nihon SF Taisho Award.

Since 2001, he had to be hospitalized frequently for recurrent cancer. He died at age 34 on March 20, 2009. The video game Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker and the last chapter of the manga Aki Sora were dedicated to his memory.

A poll by the yearly science-fiction guidebook SF ga Yomitai ranked Genocidal Organ as the number one domestic sci-fi novel of the decade.[1] Hayakawa's S-F Magazine All-Time Best poll in 2014 ranked Harmony as the top of the Japanese SF novels.[2]

Toh Enjoe's Self-Reference ENGINE was also a finalist of Komatsu Sakyō Award and published from Hayakawa Shobō in 2007, along with Itoh's Genocidal Organ. Since then they often appeared together at science fiction conventions and interviews, and collaborated in a few works, until Itoh's death. At the press conference after the announcement of Enjoe's Akutagawa Prize in January 2012, Enjoe revealed the plan to complete Itoh's unfinished novel The Empire of Corpses.[3] It was published in August 2012, and received the Special Award of Nihon SF Taisho Award.

noitaminA, a Fuji Television programming block devoted to anime, announced that they will be adapting three of Itoh's novels into animated feature films. All three films will be handled by different studios and directors. Genocidal Organ will be directed by Shuko Murase at Manglobe, Harmony will be co-directed by Takashi Nakamura and Michael Arias at Studio 4°C and The Empire of Corpses will be directed by Ryotaro Makihara at Wit Studio. All three films will also feature designs by illustrator redjuice and be released in 2015.[4]


Japanese Awards
  • 2007: Nihon SF Taisho Award nomination for Genocidal Organ
  • 2007: S-F Magazine Readers' Award Japanese Short Story for "The Indifference Engine"
  • 2009: Nihon SF Taisho for Harmony
  • 2009: Seiun Award for Harmony
  • 2012: Nihon SF Taisho Award "Special Award" for The Empire of Corpses (with Toh Enjoe)
  • 2013: Seiun Award for The Empire of Corpses (with Toh Enjoe)
U.S. Awards



  • Gyakusatsu kikan (虐殺器官?) (2007); English translation: Genocidal Organ (2012)
  • Metaru gia soriddo ganzu obu za patoriotto (メタルギア ソリッド ガンズ オブ ザ パトリオット?) (2008); English translation: Metal Gear Solid: Guns of the Patriots (2012) — Novelization of the videogame Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
  • Hāmonī (ハーモニー?) (2008); English translation: Harmony (2010)
  • Shisha no teikoku (屍者の帝国?, The Empire of Corpses) (2012) — Co-authored with Toh Enjoe. Published posthumously. (A Partial Translation of The Empire of Corpses at J'Lit Books from Japan)

Collections of short stories and essays[edit]

  • Itō Keikaku Kiroku (伊藤計劃記録?, Project Itoh Archives) (2010) — A collection of short stories as well as essays from his website, published posthumously
  • Itō Keikaku Kiroku: Daini Isō (伊藤計劃記録:第弐位相?, Project Itoh Archives: Second Phase) (2011) — A collection of short stories, essays, and his blog text, published posthumously
  • The Indifference Engine (2012) — A bunkobon paperback collection of short fiction works

Movie reviews collections[edit]

  • Running Pictures (Running Pictures 伊藤計劃映画時評集 1?) (2013) — Movie reviews collection from his web site
  • Cinematrix (Cinematrix 伊藤計劃映画時評集 2?) (2013) — Movie reviews collection from his web site


  1. ^ SFが読みたい!〈2010年度版〉. Hayakawa Shobo. 2010. ISBN 978-4-15-209107-9. 
  2. ^ S-F Magazine, July 2014, Hayakawa Shobō
  3. ^ 全文掲載:芥川賞受賞会見 円城塔さん. NHK Kabun Blog (in Japanese). NHK Science & Culture. January 18, 2012. Retrieved May 20, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Details on 3 Project Itoh Films Released". Otaku USA. Retrieved 2015-02-02. 


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