Theatrical anime “Journey: A Story of Miracles and Battles on the Ancient Arabian Peninsula” will be released on June 25th. The poster visuals and scene photos were announced.
“Journey: A Story of Miracles and Battles on the Ancient Arabian Peninsula” is a co-produced animation in which Saudi Arabian animation production company Manga Productions worked on the basic composition and concept of the movie, and Toei Animation produced the video. Directed by Kobun Shizuno of the movie “Detective Conan” series and theatrical animation “GODZILLA” series, character design by Tatsuro Iwamoto, known for the game “Ace Attorney” series, and music production by Kaoru Wada of “Inuyasha”. Casting voice actors include Toru Furuya, Takaya Kuroda, Kotono Mitsuishi, Hiroshi Kamiya, and Yuichi Nakamura.
Set in the ancient Arabian Peninsula, “Journey: A Story of Miracles and Battles on the Ancient Arabian Peninsula”, the main character, Aus, and other Meccan people confront the invader, Abraha, and open up the future with the power to believe in themselves and their friends. A story about how it goes. The original Japanese poster visual that was released depicts the back of Aus, who confronts the invading army of Abraha, who boasts overwhelming strength.
- Director: Kobun Shizuno
- Screenplay: Atsuhiro Tomioka
- Music: Kaoru Wada
- Character Draft: Tatsuro Iwamoto
- Executive Producer: Isamu Bukari, Shinji Shimizu
- Production Supervisor: Sarah Mohammad
- Advertising Producer: Hiroshi Izumiya
- Production: Manga Productions, Toei Animation
- Production: Manga Productions, Toei Animation, Yokohama Animation Lab, Arch
Manga Productions previously aired a trailer in November 2017 for “The Woodcutter’s Treasure,” their first collaboration with Toei Animation. The project is a 25-minute animation based on the folklore of Saudi Arabia and aimed at children and families, and served as a pilot for a television series. The company stated in November 2017 that it has two upcoming projects with Toei Animation: a 13-episode television series and a 90-minute film.
Manga Productions is a subsidiary of the Prince Mohammed bin Salman Foundation, also known as MiSK, and is named after Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman of Saudi Arabia. The company aims to create animation, comic book, and video game projects to “promote Saudi ideas and messages internationally.” MiSK signed a memorandum with Japan’s Hollywood Digital University in October 2017 to train Saudi designers and programmers in creating animation and games.