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The Shin-Ei Animation studio has launched a website on Thursday for its August television special, Aoi Hitomi no Onna no Ko no Ohanashi (The Story of the Blue-Eyed Girl). The television special, the eighth in Shin-Ei's sensō dōwa (wartime fable) series, will premiere on the TV Asahi station in the Tokyo area on August 13, and a trailer will be unveiled in the near future.
The story is set in a village in the southern Japanese prefecture of Kōchi during World War II. Even in this remote mountainous area, the perception of American and British people as "brutes" has taken root, due to the deaths and injuries among the villagers' relatives. A elementary schoolgirl named Eiko transfers from the city of Yokohama to this village. Eiko happens to have blue eyes from her American father, and her classmates make no attempt to rein in their bullying. Other than Eiko's homeroom teacher Akiko, even the teachers view Eiko the same way that the children do. However, a boy named Kenta views Eiko more with curiosity than with hostility. The children's lives change as the injured father of one of Kenta's classmates returns from the battlefield and news of more casualties arrives in the village.
Shin-Ei animated the Kiku-chan to Ōkami (Kiku-chan and the Wolf) story from Grave of the Fireflies author Akiyuki Nosaka last year, and animated the Futatsu no Kurumi (Two Walnuts) wartime story the year before. Futatsu no Kurumi's Minetarō Hirai returns to direct the latest of the annual television specials. Nobuyuki Fujimoto (Grander Musashi, Doraemon: A Grandmother's Recollections) provides the script, and Houko Kuwashima (Azumanga Daioh's Kagura, Inuyasha's Sango, Dennō Coil's Isako) voices the character of Eiko.
Image © 2009 Shin-Ei Animation, Co., Ltd.
Update: More production information added.
Update 2: Removed extra "no" from the title. Thanks, cnet128.
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