GKIDS Licenses the Inu-Oh Anime Film

GKIDS has announced that it has licensed Masaaki Yuasa’s Inu-Oh, the musical anime feature film of Hideo Furukawa’s Heike Monogatari: Inu-Oh no Maki (Tales of the Heike: Inu-Oh) novel, for North American distribution. The company plans to release the film theatrically in 2021.

GKIDS describes the film’s story as:

Inu-Oh is born with unique physical characteristics, and the horrified adults cover every inch of his body with garments, including a mask on his face. One day, he meets a boy named Tomona, a blind biwa player, and as Tomona plays a delicate song of tangled fate, Inu-Oh discovers an incredible ability to dance.

Inu-Oh and Tomona become business partners and inseparable friends, using their creative gifts to survive on the margins of society, as song after song gain them notoriety and propel them to stardom. Through the songs, Inu-Oh mesmerizes his audiences on stage, and gradually begins to transform into someone of unequaled beauty. But why is Tomona blind? Why was Inu-Oh born with unique characteristics? It is a story about the friendship of Inu-Oh and Tomona, who dance and sing to get to the truth and break each other’s curse.

Inu-Oh is screening in the Work in Progress program at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival’s online event, which is running from June 15-30, 2020.

Source: ANN

GKIDS Licenses the On-Gaku: Our Sound Anime Film for North America

GKIDS has announced that it has licensed Kenji Iwaisawa’s On-Gaku: Our Sound, the anime film adaptation of Hiroyuki Ohashi’s Ongaku manga. GKIDS will release the film in North America in 2020.

GKIDS describes the film:

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.

The film won the Grand Prize for Feature Animation award at the Ottawa International Animation Festival in September 2019. The film also competed in the sixth annual New Chitose Airport International Animation Festival in the festival’s Featured Animation Competition category in November 2019.

Source: ANN

Children of the Sea to Be Available on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD on September 1, 2020

From Japan’s STUDIO4°C and director Ayumu Watanabe comes Children of the Sea, a stunningly beautiful adaptation of the prize-winning manga. Featuring a score from composer and long-time Studio Ghibli collaborator Joe Hisaishi, this critically-acclaimed film will be available digitally, as a Blu-ray™ and DVD combo pack, and on DVD September 1, 2020 from GKIDS and Shout! Factory. Children of the Sea is scheduled for a nationwide theatrical release in select cinemas via Fathom Events on August 11 and 12, 2020, in subtitled and English dubbed versions, with more details to be revealed soon.

All editions of the release will include a number of bonus features, including an interview with director Ayumu Watanabe and CGI director Kenichiro Akimoto, an interview with composer Joe Hisaishi, a behind the scenes featurette, animatic sequences, and more. The Blu-ray™ and DVD Combo pack will also include the exclusive “Turep – Looking for Children of the Sea,” a feature-length pseudo-documentary from the creators of Children of the Sea that explores the legends that inspired the film and engages with its larger themes. Framed as a search for a lost brother with an affinity for the sea, this journey takes a young woman through old videotapes, conversations with marine and anthropological experts, and eventually, a small island nation far from Japan. Fans can pre-order their copies now by visiting ShoutFactory.com.

When Ruka was younger, she saw a ghost in the water at the aquarium where her dad worked. Now she feels drawn toward the aquarium and the two mysterious boys she meets there, Umi and Sora, who were raised by dugongs and hear the same strange calls from the sea as she does. As the kids get caught up in the mystery behind the sudden worldwide disappearance of the ocean’s fish, they uncover cosmic connections that will change them forever.

GKIDS and Shout! Factory to Release The Wind Rises on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital in September 2020

Studio Ghibli and GKIDS, with distribution by Shout! Factory, will issue The Wind Rises on digital download and On Demand on September 1, 2020 and on Blu-ray + DVD combo pack and as a standalone DVD on September 22, 2020. The Blu-ray release includes an exclusive booklet, feature-length storyboards, and a 10 Years with Hayao Miyazaki documentary episode, which goes behind the scenes in the production of the film. The Wind Rises is available for pre-order now at shoutfactory.com.

Acclaimed filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki delivers a modern masterpiece with this Academy Award®-nominated exploration of creative passion in a hostile world.

Jiro Horikoshi is fascinated by aviation but unable to become a pilot due to a medical condition. He moves to Tokyo in 1923, surviving the Great Kanto Earthquake to become a highly accomplished airplane designer. As rumors of war escalate, Jiro reunites with Nahoko, a young woman he met during the earthquake years earlier. The two fall deeply in love, just as Nahoko falls ill with tuberculosis. Inspired by visions of Italian aeronaut Caproni, Jiro must confront mounting tragedies with dignity in this epic tale of love and perseverance.

An artistic tour de force in every sense, The Wind Rises also showcases the incredible voice talent of Joseph-Gordon Levitt, John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Martin Short, Stanley Tucci, Mandy Patinkin and William H. Macy.

Special Features:

  • Exclusive Booklet
  • *Feature-Length Storyboards
  • *10 Years with Hayao Miyazaki Documentary Episode
  • Behind the Microphone
  • Film Completion Press Conference
  • Original Theatrical Trailers
  • TV Spots

*Indicates items exclusive to the Blu-ray release

Weathering With You Anime Film to Ship on Blu-ray Disc/DVD in North America on September 15, 2020

GKIDS and Shout! Factory have announced that they will release Makoto Shinkai’s Weathering With You anime film on Blu-ray Disc and DVD in North America on September 15, 2020. A limited-edition Collector’s Set will ship in November 2020. They will also release the film digitally on August 4, 2020.

Fathom Events screened the film in theaters in the United States on January 15 and 16, 2020. The screenings were a “Special Fan Preview” with exclusive bonus content before GKIDS opened the film in North America on January 17, 2020.

Source: ANN

Studio Ghibli Steelbooks for Kiki’s Delivery Service & Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind Out August 25, 2020 from GKIDS and Shout! Factory

Studio Ghibli and GKIDS, with distribution by Shout! Factory, will release Kiki’s Delivery Service and Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, from the famed Studio Ghibli library of films, on August 25, 2020 in limited edition SteelBook packaging with striking new art. Each SteelBook will house a Blu-ray & DVD combo pack, presenting the film alongside hours of bonus features and a booklet with stunning art and statements from the filmmakers.

With this release, two films from one of the world’s most coveted animation collections can come home to collectors in limited edition SteelBook packaging for the first time in North America.

Kiki’s Delivery Service and Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind now join Howl’s Moving Castle and Ponyo in a series of SteelBook releases from the Studio Ghibli collection of films.

Kiki’s Delivery Service
From the legendary Studio Ghibli, creators of Spirited Away and Ponyo, and Academy Award-winning director Hayao Miyazaki, comes the beloved coming-of-age story of a resourceful young witch who uses her broom to create a delivery service, only to lose her gift of flight in a moment of self-doubt.

It is tradition for all young witches to leave their families on the night of a full moon and fly off into the wide world to learn their craft. When that night comes for Kiki, she embarks on her new journey with her sarcastic black cat, Jiji, landing the next morning in a seaside village, where her unique skills make her an instant sensation. Don’t miss this delightfully imaginative and timeless story of a young girl finding her way in the world, featuring the voices of Kirsten Dunst, Janeane Garofalo, Phil Hartman, and Debbie Reynolds.

Bonus features:

  • Feature-Length Storyboards
  • Original Theatrical Trailers
  • Ursula’s Painting
  • Creating Kiki’s Delivery Service
  • Producer’s Perspective: Collaborating with Miyazaki
  • Behind the Microphone
  • The Locations of Kiki’s Delivery Service
  • Kiki & Jiji
  • Flying with Kiki & Beyond
  • 8-page Booklet with Producer’s and Director’s Statements

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
Written and directed by Academy Award-winner Hayao Miyazaki, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind is an epic masterpiece of sweeping scope and grandeur that remains one of the most breathtaking and exhilarating animated films of all time.

A thousand years after the Seven Days of Fire destroyed civilization, warring human factions survive in a world devastated by atmospheric poisons and swarming with gigantic insects. The peaceful Valley of the Wind is nestled on the edge of the Toxic Forest and led by the courageous Princess Nausicaä, whose love of all living things leads her into terrible danger, as she fights to restore balance between humans and nature. Featuring the voices of Alison Lohman, Uma Thurman, Patrick Stewart, Edward James Olmos and Shia LaBeouf.

Bonus features:

  • Feature-Length Storyboards
  • Original Theatrical Trailers and TV Spots
  • Audio Commentary with Hideaki Anno and Kazuyoshi Katayama
  • Interview with Toshio Suzuki and Hideaki Anno: “Nausicaä and Evangelion! The Whereabouts of the Giant Warrior?”
  • Behind the Microphone
  • Creating Nausicaä
  • 12-page Booklet with Producer’s and Director’s Statements

GKIDS and Shout! Factory Present Promare Collector’s Edition Available on August 4, 2020

Following a phenomenally successful North American theatrical run, Promare, the top-grossing original anime feature of 2019, makes its way to home entertainment with a newly announced Collector’s Edition. The hyperkinetic, candy-colored visual masterpiece is available now on digital download and On Demand, and will be released on Blu-ray™ + DVD combo pack, as a standalone DVD, and as a SteelBook edition of the Blu-ray on May 19, 2020 from GKIDS and Shout! Factory. Bonus features include an interview with director Hiroyuki Imaishi, a round table with Studio Trigger, and Side: Galo and Side: Lio short films with new English dubs featuring the original dub cast. Later this year, fans can look forward to the upcoming Promare Collector’s Edition, featuring new special packaging, as well as added bonus features exclusive to the Collector’s Edition. The Promare Collector’s Edition is being produced in partnership with Anime Limited, the film’s UK distributor, and will be available at a suggested retail price of $64.99.

The first feature-length film from the acclaimed Studio Trigger, creators of Kill la Kill, Little Witch Academia and the upcoming B.N.A., and director Hiroyuki Imaishi, Promare is a blistering action-adventure that will set your soul on fire.

30 years has passed since the appearance of the Burnish, a race of flame-wielding mutant beings who destroyed half of the world with fire. When a new group of aggressive mutants calling themselves Mad Burnish appears, the epic battle between Galo Thymos, a new member of the anti-Burnish rescue team Burning Rescue, and Lio Fotia, the leader of Mad Burnish, begins.

Promare‘s English dub voice cast includes Billy Kametz, Johnny Yong Bosch, Crispin Freeman, and Alyson Leigh Rosenfeld.

Bonus Features:

  • *CD Soundtrack
  • *52-Page Booklet
  • *English Souvenir Script
  • *Mini-Poster
  • *Decal Sticker
  • Interview with Director Hiroyuki Imaishi
  • Studio Trigger Roundtable
  • Side: Galo and Side: Lio Short Films with Original Versions and English Dub
  • English Dub Cast Featurette
  • Trailers

* indicates items exclusive to the Collector’s Edition

GKIDS and Shout! Factory to Release the Ride Your Wave Anime Film on Home Video

GKIDS and Shout! Factory have announced that they will release Masaaki Yuasa’s Ride Your Wave anime film digitally and on home video on August 4, 2020. The film will be available for digital download and on demand, as well as Blu-ray Disc/DVD combo pack and standalone DVD. The release will include a new English dub and bundle an exclusive booklet with a statement from Yuasa and art.

The English dub cast includes:

  • Joey Richter is Minato
  • Merit Leighton is Hinako
  • Sarah Williams is Yoko
  • Michael Johnston is Wasabi

Fathom Events screened the film for a one-night-only screening on February 19, 2020, and GKIDS also opened the film in select theaters on February 21, 2020. The Box Office Mojo website reported that the film earned a total of US$300,789 in its first two days. GKIDS announced its license of the film in July 2019.

Ride Your Wave opened in Japan on June 21 and ranked at #9 in its opening weekend.

Source: ANN

GKIDS Celebrates Digital Release with Promare Twitter Watch Party Including English Cast on April 21, 2020

GKIDS announces a special “Promare Watch Party” online event, in celebration of the digital release of the 2019 film Promare. On April 21, 2020, audiences are invited to join the Live Watch Party with the English voice cast by pressing play on their respective digital copies at 9:00PM ET, and following along on Twitter using #PromareWatchParty. Fans will be joined by the English voice cast tweeting along, reacting, answering fan questions, participating in special giveaways from GKIDS, and more under the #PromareWatchParty.

Participating voice cast includes Billy Kametz (@BillyKametz), Alyson Leigh Rosenfeld (@AlysonRosenfeld), Billy Bob Thompson (@BillyBobThomps), John Bentley (@JohnEricBentley), Kari Wahlgren (@KariWahlgren), Neil Kaplan (@NeKap), Erica Lindbeck (@ericalindbeck), Yuri Lowenthal (@YuriLowenthal), Mike Pollock (@itsamike), and Crispin Freeman (@CrispinFreeman).

Promare is officially available for purchase through digital download and to own on demand as of April 21, 2020 through AppleTV, Amazon Prime Video, GooglePlay, PlayStation, Xbox, Fandango Now, and Vudu. For more information on how to purchase Promare ahead of the watch party, visit PromareMovie.com.

Promare will be released on digital download and to own on demand on April 21, 2020 and widely on Blu-ray™ + DVD combo pack, standalone DVD and digitally on May 19, 2020 from GKIDS and Shout! Factory. Bonus features include an interview with director Hiroyuki Imaishi, a round table with Studio Trigger, and SIDE: GALO and SIDE: LIO short films with new English dubs featuring the original dub cast.

GKIDS and Shout! Factory to Release the Tokyo Godfathers Anime Film on Blu-ray Disc

GKIDS and Shout! Factory have announced that they will release Satoshi Kon’s Tokyo Godfathers anime film on Blu-ray Disc and BD/DVD combo pack on June 2, 2020. The release will be the film’s first on Blu-ray Disc, and it will also be available with both an English dub and the original Japanese audio for the first time. The anime film will debut digitally on May 19, 2020.

The release will include bonus features such as an interview with English dub cast member Shakina Nayfack (voice of Hana), featurettes about the film’s creation, and Kon’s “Ohayo” short film, which will be available on home video for the first time outside Japan. People who pre-order the film from Shout! Factory will receive a limited-edition lithograph of the anime’s cover art while supplies last.

The 4K restoration of Tokyo Godfathers screened in the United States with English subtitles on March 9, 2020 and with a new English dub on March 11, 2020. The film earned US$131,297 on March 9, 2020 and US$100,461 on March 11, 2020 at the U.S. box office, for a total of US$231,758.

Source: ANN