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 is a Japanesemarker 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. A shinshobon (refurbished) edition of the book followed on October 2002, while the bunkobon (paper back) edition followed on October 2004.

The first book, chronologically, in the series, , was released in June 2004, while the shinshobon edition for this volume followed on October 2004 and the bunkobon edition followed on November 2005. The second book in the series, , followed in June 2005, while its shinshobon edition followed on December 2005 and its bunkobon edition followed on November 2006.

The third book in the series, , followed in June 2006. The fourth book in the series, , 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.



Published by Chuōkōron-shinsha.


Published by C Novels, a Chuōkōron-shinsha imprint.


Published by Chūkō Bunko, a Chuōkōron-shinsha imprint.


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. Animated by Production I.G, the film was written by Chihiro Itō, features character designs by Tetsuya Nishio and music by Kenji Kawai. 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.

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. Xseed Games is currently planning to release the game in North America during the 2009 holiday season.

Comic adaptation

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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