“Summer Ghost,” the directorial debut of illustrator loundraw (I want to eat your pancreas, Josee, The Tiger and the Fish, Vivy -Fluorite Eye’s Song-), announced more cast and staff members, a manga adaptation, and two novels on Friday. The project also unveiled a new main visual by loundraw:
The newly announced cast members are:
Nobunaga Shimazaki as Ryō Kobayashi, a third-year student who is a popular member of the basketball team, but is now facing an illness he hasn’t told even his friends about
Rina Kawaei as Ayane Satō, the “summer ghost”
Yoshi Inomi will launch the manga adaptation in the Tonari no Young Jump service on October 8, and its compiled book volume will ship on November 19. The anime’s scriptwriter (and acclaimed novelist) Otsuichi wrote a novelization that expands the story, and it will ship on October 29. In addition, the spinoff original novel Ichinose Yūna ga Uiteiru (Yūna Ichinose Is Floating), which picks up the motif of “fireworks and ghosts,” will ship on November 26.
The story of the short developed from a single illustration that loundraw had drawn. Tomoya, Aoi, and Ryō are high school students who met online. An urban legend speaks of a “summer ghost,” a spirit girl who appears when fireworks are set off.
Tomoya cannot live the life he envisioned for himself. Aoi cannot find her place in the world. Ryō has his once shining future suddenly pulled away. Each has their own reason for needing to meet the summer ghost. On a summer night when life and death cross paths, where will each of their emotions take them?
Chiaki Kobayashi stars as the main character Tomoya Sugisaki, a third-year student with good grades. However, he is reluctant to take the college entrance exams because he rather be drawing art.
In addition to directing, loundraw also drafted the original character designs, and Flat Studio, the studio loundraw established in 2019, is animating. Hirotaka Adachi, better known as the novelist Otsuichi (Stare film, Goth, Calling You, Zoo), wrote the screenplay. Flagship Line is planning and producing the project, and Avex Pictures is distributing.
The short will open in Japan on November 12.
The short is part of Project Common, a multimedia initiative “to express the true loundraw.” The illustrator said last summer, “Unchanging at any time, I want to find my steadfast self. This project is a challenge to find the true ‘loundraw‘ with myself and everyone.” The project’s website included the English text “real or fake? The way he thinks, the way he draws. These all become ‘one.'”
loundraw drew the original character designs for the Tsuki ga Kirei television anime series, and also provided the original character designs and cover illustration for Yoru Sumino‘s I want to eat your pancreas novel. The novel has inspired an anime film using his original character designs.
He also drew the character designs for an animated promotional video based on Yusuke Yamada‘s Boku wa Robot Goshi no Kimi ni Koi wo Suru (I fall in love with you through a robot) novel. The novel is also getting a full animated film adaptation.
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