In the latest issue of Shogakukan’s Big Comic Spirits magazine it was revealed that Uoto’s Chi: Chikyu no Undo ni Tsuite (Chi: On the Movements of the Earth) manga would be getting an anime adaptation by Studio Madhouse.
Madhouse has created and helped to produce many well known anime series and films such as: Wicked City, Ninja Scroll, Perfect Blue, Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, Trigun, Black Lagoon, Death Note, Parasyte: The Maxim and the first season of One Punch Man.
Chi: Chikyo no Undo no Tsuite is a historical Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Uoto. From September 2020 to April 2020, the manga was serialized in Shogakukan’s seinen manga magazine Weekly Big Comic Spirits, and its chapters have been gathered into eight volumes (the eighth and final volume will be released on June 30, 2022).
What is the plot of Chi: On the Movements of the Earth?
The story takes place in 15th Century Europe, when the sparks of discoveries of the Renaissance about the Earth and science are starting to burn across Europe, however, those who make those controversial discovers are often burned at the stake for their heresy. A young boy named Rafal, who lives in Poland, is expected by his peers to be another great mind in theology. When Rafal encounters a mysterious man he starts to head down a dangerous path towards a heretical truth he can’t escape.
What are some of Chi: On the Movements of the Earth’s commendations?
Manga artists Hitoshi Iwaaki and Shin Takahashi both recommended the manga for its interesting plot and art. In 2021, Chi was nominated for the 14th Manga Taisho award and placed second with 67 points. When it was nominated for the 15th edition it placed fifth with 59 points.
In 2021, it was nominated for the Next Manga Award and placed tenth in the print category. In Da Vinci magazine the manga series ranked 37th in the 2021 “Book of the Year”.
In 2022, the manga ranked 2nd place on Takarajimasha’s Kono Manga ga Sugoi! List of best manga for male readers.
In 2021, the manga was nominated for the 67th Shogakukan Manga Award in the general category in 2021.
In the Nationwide Bookstore Employees’ Recommended Comics of 2022 the manga series ranked 5th.
In 2022, the manga series was nominated for the 46th Kodansha Manga Award in the general category. There are three categories a manga can be nominated for: shonen, shojo and general. The Kodansha Manga Award is an annual award for serialized manga published in the previous year and is sponsored by the publisher Kodansha. In 1977, the award only had categories for shonen and shojo. In 1982, they decided to add the general category and awarded the first award for that new category. In 2003, a children category was added. This category was merged into the shonen and shojo categories starting in 2015.
In 2022, the manga series won the 26th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize – its grand prize. At the age of 24, Uoto is the youngest to ever win the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Grand Prize.
Big Comic Spirits interviewed Uoto about Chi
Interviewer Sukeroshi at Big Comic Spirits, regarding Chi winning Spirit Rookie King in the Big Comic Spirits Monthly New Face Awards (Spirits Award), asked the question, “Why is the theme of entrusting an ideal so strong in the manga Chi: On the Movements of the Earth?”
I was thinking about this book titled Zaratsustra wa Kaku Naruki that was printed a long time ago. When I remember old books like that I am amazed by the power of words. Words that were written down 2000 years ago or even 400 BC are still pushing me forward. People will die eventually, but if someone writes down their feelings or ideas, and entrusts them to future generations they will eventually reach new minds. This is why I began to realize that entrusting one’s ideals to future generations is such an amazing and powerful thing.
Also, I thought a lot about history and how when something big happens it’s not possible for just one genius to move everything. There are always people who inherit that genius and then build on it. Science for example is being improved by each generation. I think that not being alone is the one of the greatest qualities of the human species.
The story of Chi: On the Movements of the Earth revolves around that same theme of there being one genius, but in Chi I wanted to draw that any genius can be a stepping stone and any genius can also be wrong. Ideals and ideas travel beyond the grave.
Galileo Galilei once said, “Write your thoughts down. What is discussed should not be swept away by the wind”. If you don’t write something down, it is lost forever. But if you write something down, even if there are only 40 copies, it may end up reaching students living 200 years from now that are living in a completely different reality and have a different lifestyle. Insightful words that reach new truths can reach others thousands of years later. I think the elderly have a lot of wisdom that people tend to ignore.
Uoto commented at Big Comic Spirits.
Check out this amazing fan-made trailer for Chi: On the Movements of the Earth: