Netflix Anime Film ‘A Whisker Away’ New Promotional Video Features Ending Song

12.June.2020 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE / MUSIC

A Whisker Away (Nakitai Watashi wa Neko wo Kaburu) is the second original anime feature film from Studio Colorido. The studio’s first feature film Penguin Highway released in August 2018 to critical acclaim (August 2018 release) and went on to win the Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year as well as the Axis: The Satoshi Kon Award for Excellence in Animation award at Fantasia International Film Festival for the best-animated feature.

The film is being co-directed by Junichi Sato (Sailor MoonPrincess Tutu) and Tomotaka Shibayama, the latter making his debut as the director of a feature length film. The screenplay is being written by screenwriter Mari Okada (AnoHanaBlack ButlerO Maidens in Your Savage Season).

A new promotional video has been released featuring the ending song Uso Tsuki by Yorushika who are also performing the main theme Hana ni Bourei (Flower for the Dead) and insert song Yakou (Walking in the Night).

 

Yorushika – “Uso Tsuki” x “A Whisker Away”

The video showcases scenes with Hinode and Taro, and even a scene with Muge holding Hinode’s hand. The ending song by Yorushika adds another layer to the scenes with its melancholic lyrics and melody.

 

Yorushika | Comment


n-buna (Guitarist/Composer)

We are a band that creates music based off the concept of a work, so we were concerned on how far we should express the outlook of this film, but we had no reason to be worried. We felt reassured when the director said to us on our first meeting with him that we could do as we liked. One concept from our next album is the feeling between transitioning from spring to early summer, which we thought didn’t stray from the film, so we continued writing in the way that we were at the time. All three of the songs we came up with is themed inside a town inside a memory.

 

‘Hana ni Bourei’… a ghost is pretty much just a memory, so this song is about looking at a memory of flowers blooming in the summer.

‘Yakou’… the ‘night’ which we’re talking about here is the night of life. Becoming an adult, forgetting things, heading towards death. These things have replaced nighttime [as we know it].

‘Uso Tsuki’… it means liar. The lyrics are laced with lines from [Japanese poet] Ozaki Hōsai.

 

suis (Vocals)

I love animated movies, so I am overjoyed and excited that Yorushika will be heard during the credit roll of one! At the same time, I felt it my goal to make everyone at the end of the film cry, so I wanted to make sure I sang a good song.

 

*Comments translated from Japanese by MMN

 

© 2020 「泣きたい私は猫をかぶる」製作委員会

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    Mirai Shida | Comment

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    © 2020 「泣きたい私は猫をかぶる」製作委員会

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    The new music video was directed by Popurika, who has worked on a number of Yorushika’s past videos.

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    Mirai Shida (Voices: Miyo Sasaki/Muge) | Comment

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    “The music really feels with the atmosphere of Nakineko [the film], and I thought it was beautiful how the vocals are sad but slip in seamlessly. The lyrics link together with the movie, so I found myself unintentionally tearing up. I was captivated how the music growing stronger overlaps with Muge growing up. I think ‘Hana ni Bourei’ is perfect for this film!”

     

    ©2020 “Nakitai Watashi wa Neko wo Kaburu” Production Committee

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    The series is being directed by award-nominated Japanese film director Sho Miyake who received his praise for his with in And Your Bird Can Sing  (2018). This will be his first entry into horror. Yoshiyoshi Arakawa will play the role of the lead male protagonist and psychic researcher Yasuo (name reading not confirmed), while the lead female protagonist Haruka will be played by Yuina Kuroshima. Haruka, a new talent, is left tormented by the sounds of footsteps in her house in the middle of the night. The curse begins to make its real move after she talks with Yasuo, a psychic researcher she became acquainted after appearing on a television variety show. The curse chain begins to link to two of them. Other confirmed actors and actresses for the series include many upcoming new names like Ririka, Kohki Osamura, and Kai Inowaki, as well as notable names such as Tokio Emoto, Nobuko Sendo, and Kana Kurashina.

     

    It has been 5 years since the last entry to Ju-On. The new Netflix Originals drama series will be comprised of 6 episodes. Series producer Ichinose said: “I’ve long had thoughts of wanting to write the part of the story that can’t really be adapted into a film and make it into a drama series. But there are too many restrictions in Japanese television so I haven’t been able to do it. Even when I made horror for TV before, I was told to not make it too scary. So when I got the call from Netflix to do this, I responded immediately with a ‘Yes!'”

     

    Ichinose also commented on making Sho Miyake the director, who is making his debut into the horror genre with Ju-On: Origins: “We’re valuing the real story here, so I thought it best to have a director on board who is excellent when it comes to working on human dramas. ‘And Your Bird Can Sing’ was wonderful and towered above the rest of Japanese movies that have come out in recent years, so when I called out to him, he said he was up for the challenge. I think you’ll understand once you see the series, but I think he was the perfect choice.”

  • Nakitai Watashi wa Neko wo Kaburu Anime Film to Feature Insert Song ‘Yakou’ by Yorushika

    10.April.2020 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE / MUSIC

    Studio Colorido’s second original anime feature film Nakitai Watashi wa Neko wo Kaburu is set to release in Japan on June 5, 2020. The studio’s first feature film Penguin Highway released in August 2018 to critical acclaim (August 2018 release) and went on to win the Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year as well as the Axis: The Satoshi Kon Award for Excellence in Animation award at Fantasia International Film Festival for the best-animated feature.

     

    It has been revealed that rock duo Yorushika’s newest song Yakou (“Walking in the Night”), which was released on March 4, will be featured as an insert song in the film. Yorushika is also performing the film’s main theme Hana ni Bourei. The duo have garnered over 290 million music video views without ever having shown their faces. This is their first time writing music for a movie.

    The film directors for Nakitai Watashi wa Neko wo Kaburu Junichi Sato and Tomokata Shibayama, spoke with the members of Yorushika, n-buna and suis, about the movie which helped them to write the insert track Yakou which has already garnered huge popularity. The song’s music video was created by the film’s animation staff, Studio Colorido, and is set in Tokoname, Aichi, where the movie is also set.

     

    Yorushika – “Yakou” Official Music Video

    Film director Junichi Sato said of the song: “It plays in a scene where Hinode learns the true feelings of the protagonist Mune. Normally, a relatively calm song would be used in such a scene, but with Yorushika’s songs they have a tinge of melancholy to them as well as rhythm, so I thought we’d try it. When I first heard it, I felt that the music went beyond the words and painted the picture in my mind. It’s a typical Yorushika song, and I’m happy with the results. The song aligns with Muge and Hinode’s feelings and elevates them.”

    Tomokata Shibayama, also a director on the film, commented: “I remember having a conversation with my fellow director Sato, who is also the sound director, where he said to me, ‘It’s fine if the song doesn’t integrate too much with the film.’ Then ‘Yakou’ arrives, and when I first heard it together with the film visuals, I was really taken aback. It felt like the image we were going for just stretched out in front of me. It captures Hinode’s feelings, and brings to mind scenes one by one in your head. I’ve listened to it every day since then.”

     

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