Funimation’s anime pick-up The Empire Of The Corpses, is getting a limited U.S. theatrical run this month. Based on the Project Itoh zombie steampunk novel, the story has been adapted to anime by Wit Studio (Attack on Titan) with Ryoutarou Makihara directing.
In an alternate version of 19th century London, the world has been revolutionized by “corpse reanimation technology” creating armies of undead who serve the living as laborers across the globe. In an attempt to revive his dearly departed friend, young medical student John Watson becomes obsessed with replicating the work of Dr. Victor Frankenstein—the legendary corpse engineer whose research produced the only re-animated corpse to possess a soul. But when his illegal experiments put him at odds with the British government, Watson is drafted into a worldwide race to find the lost research notes of Victor Frankenstein before the secrets of the human soul fall into the wrong hands.