Anime studio P.A. Works has unveiled the second teaser visual and a fresh promotional video for its upcoming original feature-length anime film project, “Komada – A Whisky Family” (Komada Jōryūsho e Yōkoso), setting the film’s premiere for November 10.
Scheduled to release in Japan on November 10, the movie also participated in this year’s Annecy International Animation Film Festival, held from June 11-17 in the French town of the same name, as part of the Contrechamp category.
The narrative revolves around Rui Komada, the young leader of her family’s struggling whisky distillery, which she inherited after her father’s passing. In the face of financial hardships, familial divisions, and the aftermath of a natural disaster, Rui embarks on a mission to restore her family’s unity by rejuvenating their distinctive Japanese whisky tradition.
Guiding the film’s direction at P.A. Works is Masayuki Yoshihara, known for works like “The Eccentric Family” and “Mai no Mahō to Katei no Hi.” Crafting the screenplay are Yukito Kizawa and Munemasa Nakamoto, esteemed for their contributions to the scripts of the Monogatari series and the Sword Art Online franchise.
Original character design concepts come from Tomomi Takada, a seasoned P.A. Works key animator and inbetweener, while Kousuke Kawazura, also from “The Eccentric Family,” oversees character animation design and serves as chief animation director. Tatsuya Katō takes the reins for composing the music. The film’s production is credited to DMM, with distribution by GAGA Corporation.
Marking the fifth entry in P.A. Works’ “workplace” series, following “Hana-Saku Iroha,” “Shirobako,” “Sakura Quest,” and “The aquatope on white sand,” this film maintains the series’ theme of delving into individuals and their professional undertakings.
P.A. Works initiated the “workplace” series with “Hana-Saku Iroha” in 2010, spotlighting a hot spring inn. The saga continued with “Shirobako” in 2014, which provided insight into the anime industry and spawned a sequel film in 2020. “Sakura Quest,” debuted in 2017, chronicling the endeavors of girls in small-town tourism. Lastly, “The aquatope on white sand” premiered in 2021, offering a close-up of the aquarium business.