The Kyoto International Manga and Anime Fair organizers recently disclosed plans for an exciting panel featuring Sunao Katabuchi’s upcoming anime film, “The Mourning Children: Nagiko and the Girls Wearing Tsurubami Black” (Tsurubami-Iro no Nagiko-tachi). During the event on September 16 to 17, attendees will be treated to the film’s pilot video and receive further insights into the production’s team.
Katabuchi embarked on this project back in 2017, setting the narrative in 10th century Kyoto, coinciding with the creation of the real-life literary masterpiece, “The Pillow Book,” by Sei Shōnagon.
A teaser preceding this unveiled a storyline involving an epidemic and hinted at Sei Shōnagon’s presence in the film. Additionally, character names like Koretada, Tokinaka, Chikatada, and Takaie were revealed, piquing fans’ curiosity.
Guiding the directorial process is Chie Uratani (known for contributions to “Hijikata Toshizo: Shiro no Kiseki,” “Princess Arete,” “Ushiro no Shōmen Daare”), described as a directing assistant, or co-director per a prior video. Overseeing animation direction is Masashi Ando (renowned for “The Deer King” and “Princess Mononoke”). The art direction is entrusted to Toshiharu Mizutani (recognized for involvement in “Akira,” “Children of the Whales,” “Banana Fish,” “Little Busters!”).
The film’s production falls under Contrail, the anime studio founded by Katabuchi in September 2019. Heading Contrail as representative director is MAPPA’s Manabu Ohtsuka, with Katabuchi serving as a board member. The company is situated in Tokyo’s Suginami ward.
Katabuchi boasts an impressive resume as director, including notable works like “Black Lagoon,” “Black Lagoon: Roberta’s Blood Trail,” “Black Lagoon: The Second Barrage,” “Mai Mai Miracle,” “Princess Arete,” and “Meiken Lassie.”
He gained acclaim for both writing and directing the highly-praised “In This Corner of the World,” which premiered in November 2016. An extended version, “In This Corner (and Other Corners) of the World,” graced Japanese theaters in December 2019.
Source | Comic Natalie