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The Sky Crawlers
The Sky Crawlers.jpg
The cover of The Sky Crawlers novel.
(Sukai Kurora)
Genre Drama, Philosophy
Author Hiroshi Mori
Illustrator Kenji Tsuruta
Publisher Chuōkōron-shinsha
Original run June 20012008
Anime film
Director Mamoru Oshii
Producer Tomohiko Ishii
Writer Chihiro Itō
Composer Kenji Kawai
Studio Production I.G
Licensor Japan: Warner Bros. Japan
World: Sony Pictures
Released August 2, 2008 (Japan)
Runtime 121 minutes
Sky Crawler: Innocent Aces
Developer Namco (Project ACES)
Publisher Namco Bandai Games
Genre Flight simulator
Platform Wii
Released October 16, 2008
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The Sky Crawlers (スカイ·クロラ Sukai Kurora ?) is a Japanese novel series by Hiroshi Mori. First published by Chuōkōron-shinsha in June 2001 and spanning five books, it follows the journeys and tribulations of a group of young fighter pilots involved in dogfight warfare, and is set during an alternate historical period. The series is unlike other works by Mori, noted for his series of mystery novels. The art for the series is illustrated by mangaka Kenji Tsuruta. In 2008, the series was adapted into an animated film, directed by acclaimed director Mamoru Oshii.


Publishing history

The first book written and published, but meant to be the last in the series, was The Sky Crawlers, first released in June 2001.[1] A shinshobon (refurbished) edition of the book followed on October 2002, while the bunkobon (paper back) edition followed on October 2004.[1]

The first book, chronologically, in the series, None But Air (ナ·バ·テア Na Ba Tea ?), was released in June 2004, while the shinshobon edition for this volume followed on October 2004 and the bunkobon edition followed on November 2005.[1] The second book in the series, Down to Heaven (ダウン·ツ·ヘヴン Daun Tsu Hevun ?), followed in June 2005, while its shinshobon edition followed on December 2005 and its bunkobon edition followed on November 2006. [1]

The third book in the series, Flutter into Life (フラッタ·リンツ·ライフ Furatta Rintsu Raifu ?), followed in June 2006. [1] The fourth book in the series, Cradle the Sky (クレィドゥ·ザ·スカイ Kureidu Za Sukai ?), was released on June 25, 2007, while the fifth book was released in 2008.

The misplaced publishing order was intended to show there is no need to read the story in the chronological order.[2]




Published by Chuōkōron-shinsha.

  • The Sky Crawlers (スカイ·クロラ ?, 2001, ISBN 4120031586)
  • None But Air (ナ·バ·テア ?, 2004, ISBN 4120035417)
  • Down to Heaven (ダウン·ツ·ヘヴン ?, 2005, ISBN 4120036448)
  • Flutter into Life (フラッタ·リンツ·ライフ ?, 2006, ISBN 4120037398)
  • Cradle the Sky (クレィドゥ·ザ·スカイ ?, 2007, ISBN 4120038408)
  • Sky Eclipse (スカイ·イクリプス ?, 2008, ISBN 4120039447)


Published by C Novels, a Chuōkōron-shinsha imprint.

  • The Sky Crawlers (スカイ·クロラ ?, 2002, ISBN 4125007810)
  • None But Air (ナ·バ·テア ?, 2004, ISBN 412500871X)
  • Down to Heaven (ダウン·ツ·ヘヴン ?, 2005, ISBN 412500921X)
  • Flutter into Life (フラッタ·リンツ·ライフ ?, 2007, ISBN 4125009864)
  • Cradle the Sky (クレィドゥ·ザ·スカイ ?, 2007, ISBN 412501003X)


Published by Chūkō Bunko, a Chuōkōron-shinsha imprint.

  • The Sky Crawlers (スカイ·クロラ ?, 2004, ISBN 4122044286)
  • None But Air (ナ·バ·テア ?, 2005, ISBN 4122046092)
  • Down to Heaven (ダウン·ツ·ヘヴン ?, 2006, ISBN 4122047692)
  • Flutter into Life (フラッタ·リンツ·ライフ ?, 2007, ISBN 4122049369)
  • Cradle the Sky (クレィドゥ·ザ·スカイ ?, 2008, ISBN 4122050154)


The novel was adapted into an anime film, directed by Mamoru Oshii, which was released across Japanese theatres by Warner Bros. Japan on August 2, 2008.[3][4][5] Animated by Production I.G, the film was written by Chihiro Itō, features character designs by Tetsuya Nishio and music by Kenji Kawai. [3][4] The series' creator Mori had stated that he felt The Sky Crawlers was the "most difficult" of his works to adapt, and had given his consent to the making of the film after learning of Oshii's involvement as director. [3][4]

Video game

A video game, The Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces, with a plot based on the 2008 film was developed for the Wii by Project Aces, the same Namco Bandai team that was behind the Ace Combat series. It was released in Japan on October 16, 2008.[6] Xseed Games has released the game in North America on January 12, 2010.[7]


A manga series, based on the game, titled Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces, was serialized in the monthly magazine Monthly Comic Blade from November 2008. It was illustrated by Yūho Ueji.


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