Studio 4°C’s animated anthology films Genius Party and Genius Party Beyond, which feature an eclectic collection of stories from 12 acclaimed directors, will be released together on Blu-ray on October 15, 2019, and separately via digital download on October 1, 2019 from GKIDS and Shout! Factory. Now available for the first time ever in North America, Genius Party consists of seven connected and visually experimental stories while Genius Party Beyond includes five, making it the perfect anthology piece for the devoted anime collector.
From groundbreaking animation outfit Studio 4°C comes two extraordinary projects with a shared, simple vision: to take an all-star team of some of the best animators working in anime today, and give each free rein to tell a unique short story built around “the spirit of creativity.”
Full of boundless imagination, fantastic worlds, and unique visual styles, these two acclaimed films spotlight directors like Masaaki Yuasa and Shinichiro Watanabe, along with Hideki Futamura. Other contributors include Atsuko Fukushima, Shoji Kawamori, Shinji Kimura, Yoji Fukuyama, Mahiro Maeda, Koji Morimoto, Kazuto Nakazawa, Shinya Ohira, and Tatsuyuki Tanaka.
GKIDS has announced that is has licensed Masaaki Yuasa and Science SARU’s Ride Your Wave (Kimi to, Nami ni Noretara) anime film for release in North America. GKIDS’ website lists the film as “coming soon to theaters.”
Ride Your Wave opened in Japan on June 21, 2019 and ranked at #9 in its opening weekend. The film won the Best Animation Film award at the Shanghai International Film Festival’s Golden Goblet Awards on June 23, 2019.
GKIDS has announced that it has licensed Studio Trigger and XFlag’s original anime film Promare for North America. It will hold a premiere event for the film on September 17 and 19, 2019, and will open in select theaters on September 20, 2019.
GKIDS describes the film as:
Thirty years has passed since the appearance of 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.
The film opened in Japan on May 24, 2019 in 200 theaters, and ranked at #8 in its opening weekend. The film has so far earned a cumulative total of 357,531,500 yen (about US$3.29 million) as of June 9, 2019.
GKIDS has announced that it has acquired the North American distribution rights for The Case of Hana & Alice, Genius Party, Genius Party Beyond, and Summer Days with Coo. The company will release the anime on home video in 2019.
The Case of Hana & Alice (Hana to Alice Satsujin Jiken) opened in Japan in February 2015 as Shunji Iwai’s animated prequel to his 2004 live-action coming-of-age film Hana & Alice.
Genius Party is an anthology of short films produced by Studio 4℃ and featuring directors such as Koji Morimoto, Shinichiro Watanabe, Shoji Kawamori, Masaaki Yuasa, and Mahiro Maeda. The anthology was split into two parts—Genius Party and Genius Party Beyond — which opened in 2007 and 2008, respectively.
Keiichi Hara directed the 2007 anime film, Summer Days with Coo, at Shin-Ei Animation.
GKIDS has announced that it has licensed Makoto Shinkai’s new anime film Weathering With You (Tenki no Ko). The film will have an “awards qualifying” theatrical run in 2019, with a broader theatrical release scheduled for early 2020 with both English subtitles and English-dubbed screenings.
Weathering With You will open in Japanese theaters on July 19, 2019.
GKIDS has announced that it and Shout! Factory will release Goro Miyazaki and POLYGON PICTURES’ Ronja the Robber’s Daughter television anime on Blu-ray Disc on August 20, 2019. The release will include all 26 episodes with the English dub, English subtitles with Japanese audio, a “making-of” featurette, and an interview with Goro Miyazaki.
GKIDS licensed the anime in 2018.
Ronja the Robber’s Daughter premiered in Japan in October 2014 and ran for 26 episodes. Amazon began streaming the series internationally in January 2017. David Freedman adapted and directed the English version, and actress Gillian Anderson narrated the series.
The anime won the Animation category at the International Emmy Kids Awards in April 2016.
GKIDS and Shout! Factory have announced that they will release the Okko’s Inn (Waka Okami wa Shōgakusei!) anime film on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on July 2, 2019. The film will also launch for digital download on the same day.
GKIDS and Fathom Events held United States screenings of the anime film on April 22-23, 2019. Screenings on April 22, 2019 had the English dub, while screenings on April 23, 2019 featured Japanese with English subtitles. The New York International Children’s Film Festival (NYICFF) screened the world premiere of the film’s English dub on February 23, 2019, with another screening on March 10, 2019.
Canadian theater chain Cineplex and Landmark Cinemas are listing that they will screen the film in Canada in May 2019. Screenings on May 4, 2019 will be English-dubbed, while screenings on May 6, 2019 will be in Japanese with English subtitles.
The film opened in Japanese theaters in September 2018, and is based on writer Hiroko Reijō and artist Asami’s juvenile literature series.