On the official website for the upcoming anime project for Key’s visual novel Planetarian ~Chiisana Hoshi no Yume~ will be a 5 episode net adaption and a movie adaption as well. Specifically the 5 episode ONA will be based off of the VN while the movie will be based off of the light novel. A new PV, promotional image which can be seen above, its release date for both adaptions and staff for the series was also announced which will be shown later in the article. Mind you that the visual novel released November 29th 2004 in Japan and would get localized and released on other platforms such as the PS2, PSP, iOS and Android. Its light novel adaption consisted of four short stories including a prologue and an epilogue. Two of the stories were before the game while the other two are after the game showcasing its aftermath. Only one volume and 4 chapters were released of it.
Now for its release the five episode ONA series is titled “Planetarian: The Dream of the Small Star” while the movie will be titled “Planetarian: Star Person”. It is said that the ONA will be releasing July 7th and the film will be releasing September 3rd. The video which was released today also had the description which describes it as “This is a certain woman’s story” and “This is a certain man’s story”. From what has been confirmed that ONA will be adapting the visual novel and the movie will be adapting the light novel and what happens to Kuzuya afterwards. For the staff David Production is handling the series, Naokatsu Tsuda directing and writing it, Shogo Yasukawa will write the scripts with Tsuda. Hitomi Takechi will be adapting the original character designs for the series and Shunsuke Machitani and Katsuichi Nakayama are set to be the the series directors.
The main character of the series Kuzuya or “The Junk Hunter” will be voiced by Daisuke Ono. Other notable works for Daisuke include Yukito from Air, Handa from Barakamon, Shizuo in Durarara!! and Joutarou in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure.
Next we have Yumemi Hoshino the main heroine set to be voiced by Keiko Suzuki. Some other roles Keiko has done include Haruka from Little Busters and Shizuru from Rewrite.
A plot summary of the visual novel can be seen below quoted from VNDB.org:
“Why don’t you come to the planetarium?
The beautiful twinkling of eternity that will never fade, no matter what.
All the stars in the sky are waiting for you.”
It is thirty years after the failure of the Space Colonization Program.
Humanity is nearly extinct. A perpetual and deadly Rain falls on the Earth.
Men known as “Junkers” plunder goods and artifacts from the ruins of civilization.
One such Junker sneaks alone into the most dangerous of all ruins — a “Sarcophagus City”.
In the center of this dead city, he discovers a pre-War planetarium.
And as he enters he is greeted by Hoshino Yumemi, a companion robot.
Without a single shred of doubt, she assumes he is the first customer she’s had in 30 years.
She attempts to show him the stars at once, but the planetarium projector is broken.
Unable to make heads or tails of her conversation, he ends up agreeing to try and repair the projector…