|Publisher||Hayakawa Publishing (Japanese)|
Viz Media (English)
|2007 (Hayakawa SF Series/JCollection)|
Published in English
|Media type||Print (paperback)|
|Pages||282 (Hayakawa SF Series/JCollection)|
Genocidal Organ (虐殺器官, Gyakusatsu Kikan) is the debut novel of Japanese science fiction writer Project Itoh. It was first published by Hayakawa Publishing in 2007 and later re-printed in 2010 in paperback form. A poll by the yearly SF magazine SF ga yomitai ranked Genocidal Organ as the number one domestic SF novel of the decade.
The English translation of Genocidal Organ, translated by Edwin Hawkes, was published in August 2012 by Haikasoru / Viz Media.
When Sarajevo was destroyed by a homemade nuclear weapon, the leading democracies of the world transformed into surveillance states, where each individual is constantly monitored, watched, and wired. While the developed nations of the world entered this state, the developing countries around the world endured a multitude of genocides. Those developing countries went from harmony to complete destruction in about 6–8 months, with all of the events and evidence pointing to one suspect, an American named John Paul.
Clavis Shepherd, a US Special Forces Officer, along with his team of advanced super-soldiers, are tasked with finding and eliminating John Paul. They want to know how one man can cause so much destruction and death.
Eventually, Clavis manages to track down John Paul, who confirms that he has discovered the existence of a "genocidal organ" naturally present in mankind that can be activated using a sequence of words, which he calls the "genocide grammar." He explains that he used it to cause massive civil wars in the rest of the world, believing it to be the only way to protect America and the rest of the "First World" from terrorism and resentment in the "Third World". Clavis, unmoved, takes him into custody, only to see him dying after an assassination operation carried out by his own intelligence unit, who were ordered to kill him to prevent the end of the "peace" carried out by the surveillance states.
Consequently, Clavis discovers the truth from Paul's personal effects: that the "organ of genocide" is actually the result of a massive program of subliminal messages, under the name of Operation John Paul (a probable controversial reference to the influence of the Catholic Church in the Western world), originally led by the leaders of the new "First World Order." This group used the massive media coverage of the destruction of Sarajevo to start their operation, which was most likely also behind the city's nuclear destruction. In fact, John Paul was originally the American agent in charge of the program, but unlike their original plan, Paul managed to escape their grasp, disappearing into the chaos of the civil wars that followed, creating a network of Resistance against his own former bosses. Paul's notes also underline that he found the true intention of the whole ordeal: to use the new world crisis to impose an "Order of Nations," transforming the world into a one-world government, militarized and controlled by its new "masters." As a last resort, Paul created a new sequence of words to activate his "genocidal" program in the English-speaking world, which, just like the rest of the world population, had received the subliminal message of "genocidal organs."
The revelation causes an immense conflict within Clavis. Despite having seen firsthand the result of the "genocidal organs" ordeal, he is also forced to admit that America and the rest of the "First World" are the real culprits of World suffering and devastation and that in any case, while America is still standing, they have practically killed the "American dream" and imposed a convenient "first world truth." Clavis decides to go forward with Paul's plan, leaking information to force his summons to a military hearing, watched from afar by the chief of staff and the general public, and Clavis, despite having no illusion about the future or that he is doing the right thing, activates the program, causing a civil war centered on America.
|Directed by||Shūkō Murase|
|Screenplay by||Shūkō Murase|
|Based on||Genocidal Organ|
by Project Itoh
|Produced by||Kōji Yamamoto|
|Edited by||Tomoki Nagasaka|
|Music by||Yoshihiro Ike|
|Distributed by||Toho Animation|
An animated film adaptation, directed and written by Shūkō Murase, and produced at Manglobe, was scheduled to be released on November 13, 2015. However, due to Manglobe's bankruptcy, the film's release was postponed. It was later announced on November 13, 2015 that production on the film had resumed with the same staff under the newly created Geno Studio, with hopes to complete the film by the end of 2016. The film was released on February 3, 2017. Prior to the film's theatrical screening in Japan, the first fifteen minutes were shown on October 31, 2016 at the 2016 Tokyo International Film Festival. Funimation screened the film in select U.S. theatres on July 12 and 13, 2017.
|Character||Japanese voice actor||English dubbing actor|
|Clavis Shepherd||Yuichi Nakamura||Josh Grelle|
|Williams||Satoshi Mikami||Ian Sinclair|
|Leland||Kaito Ishikawa||Joel McDonald|
|Alex||Yūki Kaji||Clifford Chapin|
|Lucie Škroupova||Sanae Kobayashi||Jeannie Tirado|
|Rockwell||Akio Ōtsuka||Christopher Sabat|
|John Paul||Takahiro Sakurai||Ricco Fajardo|
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