Famed anime producer Michihiko Suwa joins writer Toshinari Shinohe and producer Uko Oshia to offer insights on new film exploring Japanese mythology.
Santa Ana, CA, June 30, 2021 – Anime Expo Lite proudly presents a special first look at the upcoming anime feature film, Child of Kamiari Month, as part of this year’s two-day, livestream convention running Saturday, July 3rd through Sunday, July 4th.
Join the prolific anime producer, Michihiko Suwa (Detective Conan, City Hunter, Inuyasha, Magic Knight Rayearth), as he shares insights about Child of Kamiari Month. Based on Japanese mythology, the feature film explores the root of the nation’s history and explores what it means to follow destiny. Suwa will be joined by writer Toshinari Shinohe and fellow producer, Uko Oshia. When: Saturday, July 3rd at 2:45PM PDT
About Child of Kamiari Month
This is a story of a 12-year-old girl, Kanna, born as a descendant of the Gods. Her family has a mission to deliver offerings from all over Japan to the Gods’ gathering in Izumo. Although Kanna’s mother was to complete the mission, her passing prompted Kanna to finish the task, hoping she could reunite with her dead mother in the Gods’ land at the end of her journey.
What is Kamiari Month?
Japanese people believe that spirits and gods dwell inside various things. There are gods of the water, wood, and even gods that keep us safe from sickness. Every October, thousands of gods leave their places of residence to gather in the Izumo region to have a conference. As such, October is also called Kamiari month – only in the Izumo region – which means the month with gods, and Kannazuki – in every other region – which means the month without gods. Produced by Cretica Universal, the film is slated for international release later this year.
Michiko Suwa is a leading planner and producer best known for a number of popular anime series including Case Closed (Detective Conan), City Hunter, YAWARA!, The New Kindaichi Files, Inuyasha, Black Jack, and Magic Knight Rayearth. He was awarded the Fujimoto Special Reward for the Case Closed (Detective Conan) movie series. He is also a member of the Japan Academy and is supervising the feature film, Child of Kamiari Month.
Toshinari Shinohe is a planner, storyboard writer, and communications director for the feature film Child of Kamiari Month (“Kamiaritsuki-no-kodomo”). He established the anime production company, Cretica Universal in 2011, and has worked in various industries including film, comics, and theme park development. He also has overseen the following notable projects including theatrical premieres for “Cinderella”, “GODZILLA” and more. Collaboration Works including “’Little Prince’ in ‘TOYOTA’” and “’Napping Princess’ x ‘KURASHIKI’ and a start-up project for the “TOYOTA ANIME CINEMA FESTIVAL.”
Uko Oshia started his career as a film producer after establishing the production company, GUM Co., Ltd. His first two films as a producer were “Smokin’ on the Moon” (2017) and “Show Me the Way to the Station” (in 2019). His latest project, Child of Kamiari Month is scheduled for release in Autumn of 2021.
Tickets to access this year’s Anime Expo Lite programming are $5 each, with all proceeds benefiting the Hate Is A Virus commUNITY Action Fund. After the stream concludes on July 4th, ticketholders can re-watch the content, as well as access additional programming, on a VOD basis from July 5th -16th, 2021.
Anime Expo Lite 2021 marks the 30th Anniversary of the long-running annual convention.
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• Dates – July 3-4, 2021 / 12pm – 8pm (PST)
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