GKIDS and Shout! Factory have announced that they will release Kenji Iwaisawa’s ON-GAKU: Our Sound anime film on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on March 9, 2021. The film will launch digitally the same day.
The release’s bonus content will include the “Mountain,” “Mourning Ice Pop,” “Nicky,” and “Taro Wanted to be Water” short films by Iwaisawa; a feature-length “making of” documentary; a live musical performance; and storyboards.
GKIDS describes the story of the film as:
When you’re a bored teenager looking for thrills, sometimes the only thing you can turn to is rock ‘n roll. Having no skill, money, or even a full set of drums, a feared trio of high school delinquents nevertheless decide they are destined for musical glory in a quest to impress their only friend Aya, avoid a rival gang, and – most importantly – jam out. Animated almost entirely by director Kenji Iwaisawa, and featuring a lead performance by Japanese alt-rock legend Shintaro Sakamoto, ON-GAKU: Our Sound brings its own sound and vision to the Hiroyuki Ohashi manga from which it was adapted. With pitch-perfect deadpan humor, the film presents a highly original take on the beloved slacker comedy: a lo-fi buddy film with a blaring musical finale that will leave you wanting an immediate encore.
GKIDS screened the film in theaters in North America on December 11, 2020 in 24 cities.