Naked Peak: Climb the Mountains of Madness is a mountaineering horror adventure anime created by Forest Limited LC and THINKR Co., Ltd. The series will premiere tonight on YouTube (available by clicking this link), and for all intents and purposes, is an adaption of the beloved tabletop RPG board game that’s been around since 2017.
The story sees a flight to Antarctica gone horribly awry as the plane mysteriously disappears, and efforts to find and locate the missing passengers lead a rescue team to go trek a never-before-seen mountain range. Arguably, the largest ever witnessed on the planet.
Towering over 10,000 feet above sea level, the Everest-eclipsing eighth wonder of the world, the “Mountains of Madness” draws attention from the world’s best climbers and thrill-seekers. Although they have conquered the tallest peaks in the past, Earth’s new vertigo-inducing heights are surpassed only by the dreadful horrors awaiting at the top.
The anime is inspired by the H.P. Lovecraft story about an antarctic expedition that found more than they bargained for in the heights of the unknown. The story was one of the more popular introductions of the Elder terrors, in a battle with madness and escape from, what would be revealed as the large penguin-devouring Shoggoths.
Now, this particular H.P. Lovecraft-inspired drama received the 2022 CAMPFIRE Crowdfunding Award in the “Animation and Manga” category for raising more than 1400% of its goal, netting more than $1 million USD (119 million Yen) from nearly 12,000 backers. Atop this, production on the full-length movie is moving forward with behind-the-scenes footage soon to arrive on the MadaraUsi YouTube channel.