Anime studio P.A. Works has unveiled the main visual and a new trailer for its upcoming original feature-length anime film project, “Komada – A Whisky Family” (Komada Jōryūsho e Yōkoso, meaning “Welcome to the Komada Distillery”).
The video introduces the film’s additional cast and staff and offers a glimpse of the theme song, “Dear my future,” performed by Saori Hayami, who voices the protagonist, Rui Komada.
The additional cast includes:
- Kikuko Inoue as Miō Komada
- Kenichi Suzumura as Yūsuke Saitō
- Yūichi Nakamura as Kei Komada
- Shinpachi Tsuji as Rindo Tōkai
- Kenyuu Horiuchi as Kō Komada
Scheduled for release in Japan on November 10, the film was also screened at 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.
Additionally, it will be showcased in the Animation section of the 36th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) from October 23 to November 1.
The newly announced staff are:
- Art Director：Yūsuke Takeda
- Color Design：Miho Tanaka
- 3D Director：Motonari Ichikawa
- Compositing Director of Photography：Tomo Namiki
- Editing: Ayumu Takahashi
Previously announced cast includes:
- Saori Hayami as Rui Komada
- Kensho Ono as Kōtarō Takahashi
- Maaya Uchida as Tomoko Kawabata
- Yoshimasa Hosoya as Hiroshi Yasumoto
“Komada – A Whisky Family” follows Rui Komada, the young head of her family’s struggling whisky distillery, which she inherited after her father’s passing. Faced with financial challenges, a fractured family, and the aftermath of a natural disaster, Rui embarks on a mission to rebuild her family’s bonds by resurrecting their signature Japanese whisky.
Directed by Masayuki Yoshihara (known for “The Eccentric Family” and “Mai no Mahō to Katei no Hi”), the film is produced by P.A. Works and features a screenplay by Yukito Kizawa and Munemasa Nakamoto, known for their work on the “Monogatari” series and “Sword Art Online.”
Original character design concepts were created by Tomomi Takada, a seasoned P.A. Works key animator and inbetweener, with character design for animation by Kousuke Kawazura (“The Eccentric Family”), who also serves as chief animation director. Tatsuya Katō is responsible for the music, and DMM is credited as the producer, with distribution by GAGA Corporation.
This film marks the fifth installment in P.A. Works’ “workplace” series, which delves into the lives and professions of its characters.
Previous entries in the series include “Hana-Saku Iroha” (2010), set in a hot spring inn; “Shirobako” (2014), centered around the anime industry; “Sakura Quest” (2017), focusing on small-town tourism; and “The Aquatope on White Sand” (2021), exploring the aquarium business.