Children of the Sea Film Adaptation 1st Trailer Released

09.April.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE

The first trailer for the upcoming animated film adaptation of Daisuke Igarashi’s manga series Children of the Sea has been released.

The film is set for release in Japan on June 7, 2019. It is being animated by Studio 4°C who are known for their adaptation of Taiyō Matsumoto’s Tekkonkinkreet which won the 2008 Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year.

 

Check out the trailer below.

 

The trailer opens with a scene of a humpback whale with the words “Nobody is aware of most of what goes on in the ocean” overlaid. It mentions the earth being made up of 71% water and from that how much we can really see or know. The film is set to explore these adventures for us.

From there we see the beginning of protagonist Ruka’s (Mana Ashida) summer holiday. She encounters two boys, Umi and Sora, who were raised by dugongs. We also witness a mysterious memory Ruka has of when she was a child followed by the start of the trio’s adventure to solve the mysteries of the ocean.

 

The trailer is accompanied by music from Joe Hisaishi who captures the wildness of the ocean in his melodies. He released the following statement: “What’s interesting about this movie is that it has things you wouldn’t expect as story. You could call it philosophical. I stuck to a minimalist music style for the entire picture, so it has been quite a challenge as a film score. The film inspires the viewer’s imagination of the universe’s memories and the effervescence of life.”

 

©2019 Daisuke Igarashi・Shogakukan / “Children of the Sea” Production Committee

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    Yutaro: This was actually my first time watching an Argentine movie. The first thing that piqued my interest was the unique sound of the language. With the story, when I heard that it was about a serial killer I thought it would be a pretty graphic portrayal, but it wasn’t. Even people who aren’t good with graphic and shocking kinds of films would be able to watch this.

     

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    ──What kind of clothes do you like, Lorenzo?

     

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    Yutaro: I looked at your Instagram, you wear t-shirts with Japanese games and anime characters on them, don’t you? You have a Super Mario one on today, and I saw a Pokémon one on your Instagram. I like how you venture to wear t-shirts of games that were popular a while back now.

     

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    Yutaro: In that case, let’s go shopping together in Harajuku next time!

     

    Writer: Takanori Kuroda

    Photographer: MURA

    Models: YutaroLorenzo Ferro

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

     

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    ⒸDaisuke Igarashi / Shogakukan

    The CD cover for the single was also illustrated by Daisuke Igarashi.

    Photo by Tomokazu Yamada

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    Photo by Tomokazu Yamada

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    Manga artist Daisuke Igarashi enthralls his readers with his unique representation of nature and his respect for the natural world. This manga has been turned into an intense film by world-famous animation studio STUDIO4℃. The film will be released in Japan on Friday 7th June! The second sneaky movie preview has now been released!

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    You could get your hands on the first volume of the Children of the Sea for free via the LINE campaign that is being launched today so please check it out!

     

    ©2019 Daisuke Igarashi・Shogakukan / “Children of the Sea” Production Committee

     

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    Hey everyone! It’s Midori again from Moshi Moshi Nippon’s Editorial Department!

     

    As this Golden Week holiday is especially long, some people are going on holiday! As the weather is pretty unpredictable, it’s the perfect opportunity to get your hands on cinema tickets ー it shouldn’t be crowded either! Here’s five of our film recommendations. Adults as well as kids are bound to love these films and they’re all showing during April and May!

     

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    Aimyon to Perform Crayon Shin-chan: Honeymoon Hurricane ~The Lost Hiroshi~ Main Theme

     

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    Official website: http://www.shinchan-movie.com/

    © Yoshito Usui / Futabasha / Shinei / Television Asahi ADK

    2019 ©U/F・S・A・A 2019

     

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    Official website: https://kakegurui.jp/

     

    Aladdin

    Disney’s classic movie Aladdin is now a live-action film! The poor, young Aladdin meets the rich princess Jasmine, and through fate, they encounter a magical genie in a lamp! The genie, who can grant three wishes, sets them on an adventure to seek what they really desire! Not only can you enjoy the movie’s signature song “A Whole New World”, but the live-action film features new songs created by the music teams behind La La Land and the Greatest Showman. Disney’s high movie quality reputation and Will Smith’s appearance as the Genie in the film are quite big topics in the news right now!

     

    Aladdin
    Release: 7th June
    Official website: https://www.disney.co.jp/movie/aladdin.html

     

    All these films were quite big in the news even before Golden Week! If you’re tired of the crowds of tourists, how about popping to the cinema for a break?

  • Kenshi Yonezu’s New Song ‘Umi no Yuurei’ to be Used as Anime Film ‘Children of the Sea’ Main Theme

    25.April.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE / MUSIC

    It has been announced that Kenshi Yonezu’s new song Umi no Yuurei (“Ghost of the Sea”) will be used as the main theme for the upcoming animated film Children of the Sea which is set to hit Japanese theatres on June 7, 2019. This is the first main theme Yonezu has written for a film.

    The film is an adaptation of Daisuke Igarashi’s manga series of the same name. The manga has received high praise, going on to win the 38th Japan Cartoonists Association Award and the top award in the manga category at the 13th Japan Media Arts Festival.

     

    It is being animated by Studio 4°C who are known for their anime adaptations of Mind Game and Tekkonkinkreet amongst others.

     

    The film follows Ruka Azumi (Mana Ashida) who encounters two boys, Umi and Sora, who were raised by dugongs. Hiiro Ishibashi will play the part of Umi and Seishuu Uragami will play the part of his older brother Sora. Win Morisaki will voice Anglade, a genius marine biologist who is pursuing the mystery surrounding Umi and Sora, while Min Tanaka will voice his former friend Jim who now takes care of the two brothers.

     

    Daisuke Igarashi has admired Kenshi Yonezu since he made the official image song Number Nine for a special manga exhibition at the Louvre Museum.

    Photographer: Tomokazu Yamada

    New artist photos of Kenshi Yonezu has been released in line with the announcement. It was taken by Tomokazu Yamada who directed Yonezu’s music video for Lemon which now has over 360 million views on YouTube.

     

    Photographer: Tomokazu Yamada

    Kenshi Yonezu released the following statement surrounding the release: “I think I must have been in my teens the first time I read [Children of the Sea], but I remember how overwhelmed I was over how amazing it is. Even if I go back and read it now it’s still as impacting now as it was back then. What’s more is that I have discovered new things reading it. I remember thinking if it ever became a film then I would want to make a song for it. I am deeply moved that the day has come where that has become a reality. Every day these paths few months have been filled with questions and answers to ensure what I make stays true to what the manga has while also adding to it. I’m looking forward to the day I hear it play in the movie theatre.”

     

    Daisuke Igarashi also commented: “I wonder how many years it’s been since I first met Kenshi Yonezu. Since then I made connections with numerous people, and when it came to talking about having him do the theme song for Children of the Sea, I felt a strange uplift, like something that was always supposed to happen happened. While my heart is spread tall and deep, at the same time I feel nothing but inexpressible emotions in getting to hear this beautiful song, one which indicates the arrival point.”

     

    ©2019 Daisuke Igarashi・Shogakukan / “Children of the Sea” Production Committee

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