Crunchyroll Announces Bye Bye, Earth Anime Adaptation

Tow Ubukata‘s Bye Bye, Earth action fantasy novel is getting an anime adaptation, Crunchyroll has revealed. Crunchyroll is not only streaming it, but also co-developing the project with Japanese broadcasting company WOWOW and Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan.

Crunchyroll will stream the Bye Bye, Earth anime in “more than 200 countries and territories” while WOWOW streams it in Japan. The anime is the first project in the trio’s partnership to “co-develop and co-produce new anime series for fans worldwide.”

Bye Bye, Earth was published in 2000 by Kadokawa Shoten as a two-parter in tankoubon format. Yoshitaka Amano provided the illustrations. From 2007 to 2008, the novels were republished under the Kadokawa Bunko label with four volumes and with Kim Hyung Tae as illustrator. A manga adaptation by Ryuu Asahi, published by Shonengahosha, began in 2021.

The fantasy tale follows a solitary girl called Belle, who lacks the traits of any race. Leaving her master’s side with a special sword in her hand, Belle takes on trials in order to become a traveler.

Source: Press release

Melvyn originally wanted to write about video games, and he did so for a few years, starting from his college days. He still writes about video games sometimes, but now focuses on anime-related news content and the occasional review. Some of his free time is spent self-learning Japanese, both out of interest in the language and because English-translated light novels and manga are expensive. Every anime season, Melvyn looks forward to discovering new standout episodes and OP/ED animation sequences, as well as learning about the storyboard artists and directors behind them.
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