The whales sure are active lately, it seems.

The latest issue of Akita Shoten’s Monthly Mystery Bonita magazine revealed that Abi Umeda’s Kujira no Kora wa Sajō ni Utau (Whale Calves Sing on the Sand) manga will receive an anime adaptation. As of press time, further details have yet to be disclosed.

Umeda’s Kujira no Kora wa Sajō ni Utau manga launched in the pages of Monthly Mystery Bonita in 2013. The series currently spans eight compiled volumes, with the most recent hitting stores on October 14. The title also inspired a stage play, which ran in April 2016 at Tokyo’s AiiA 2.5 Theater Tokyo.

In 2017, the title was nominated for the Osamu Tezuka Cultural Prize.

Manga resource Baka-Updates describes the series as:

Chakuro is the 14-year-old archivist of the Mud Whale, a nigh-utopian island that floats across the surface of an endless sea of sand. Nine in ten of the inhabitants of the Mud Whale have been blessed and cursed with the ability to use saimia, special powers that doom them to an early death.

Chakuro and his friends have stumbled across other islands, but they have never met, seen, or even heard of a human who wasn’t from their own. One day, Chakuro visits an island as large as the Mud Whale and meets a girl who will change his destiny.

Source: Anime News Network

Update 1/26/18: So, apparently, this got knocked back to Draft status and published again in 2018. Correcting the date for the sake of accuracy.