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Funimation Screens ‘Josee, The Tiger and the Fish’ Anime Film in U.S., Canada on July 12-14

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Funimation announced on Tuesday that it will screen BONES‘ anime film of Seiko Tanabe‘s short story Josee, The Tiger and the Fish (Josee to Tora to Sakana-tachi) in the U.S. and Canada on July 12-14 with English subtitles and an English dub. The company streamed an English-subtitled trailer:

Movie tickets will go on sale on Friday.

The film’s story centers on the relationship between Tsuneo and Josee. Tsuneo is a university student, and Josee is a young girl who has rarely gone out of the house by herself due to her being unable to walk. The two meet when Tsuneo finds Josee’s grandmother taking her out for a morning walk.

Kotaro Tamura (Noragami, Noragami Aragoto) directed the anime. Nao Emoto (O Maidens in Your Savage Season) drafted the original characters designs, and Haruko Iizuka (Tamayura, Children of the Whales, Endro~!) designed those characters for animation, as well as served as chief animation director. Sayaka Kuwamura (Strobe Edge) wrote the script. loundraw (Tsuki ga Kirei, I want to eat your pancreas character design) is credited for concept design. Evan Call (Violet Evergarden, Schwarzes Marken) composed the music. Shochiku and Kadokawa is distributing the film. Eve performed the film’s theme song “Ao no Waltz” (Blue Waltz), and Eve also performed the insert song “Shinkai.”

The anime film opened in Japan on December 25, delayed from its scheduled summer opening due to the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) screened the film during the event, which was held from October to November at EX Theater Roppongi and other Tokyo theaters.

The film inspired a manga adaptation that debuted in Kadokawa‘s Da Vinci magazine in January, and ended in October 2020. Emoto, the artist of the O Maidens in Your Savage Season manga, and the original character designer for the film, drew the manga.

Tanabe published the original story in the 1985 short story collection of the same name. The story inspired a live-action film in 2003.

Source: Press release

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