“Tomorrow’s Leaves,” the anime short that Studio Ponoc produced for the Olympic Foundation for Culture and Heritage (OFCH) to commemorate the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, will stream worldwide on its official website on July 23, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. (6:00 a.m. EDT). That is one hour before the Olympics’ opening ceremony starts.
Yoshiyuki Momose directed the short. Takatsugu Muramatsu handled the short’s seamless mix of music and sound effects.
The International Olympic Committee describes the short as:
The annual arrival of the message leaf causes concern – something is undeniably wrong.
Its usually vibrant and lasting colours quickly fade, and it suddenly withers and crumbles.
Five envoys, from five diverse lands, are dispatched to find out what has happened.
The envoys travel to a distant land, quietly guided by tiny spirits. Each envoy has its own strengths and vulnerabilities. They compete and support each other as they draw closer to their destination, facing treacherous terrain and difficult conditions. Through athletic challenges and the uniting power of sport, they discover the positive fundamental values that come with playful competition.
Together, the envoys approach near the source of the message leaf.
Can they restore life to a future in peril?
“Tomorrow’s Leaves” had its world premiere at the opening ceremony of the Annecy Festival on June 14, 2021. It has already been playing at the Skytree Round Theater near the top of the Tokyo Skytree tower since July 12, 2021, and it will continue playing there until September 5, 2021. The short will have a limited run at the United Cinemas Toyosu theater from July 23-July 29, 2021.