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'To All The Corners Of The World' Manga Gets Anime Film

posted on by Ko Ransom

Anime director Sunao Katabuchi (Mai Mai Miracle, Black Lagoon) acknowledged on his Twitter account on Friday that he will be directing an upcoming theatrical anime adaptation of Fumiyo Kōno's To All The Corners Of The World (Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni). In his posts to the service, Katabuchi quoted individuals stating that a poster at the Hiroshima Anikomu event for the anime revealed that he would direct the anime at the studio MAPPA, adding that he was on his way to Hiroshima.

Katabuchi also wrote that official character designs for the series have yet to be completed, and that the images on the poster consisted of rough sketches and storyboards. MAPPA founder (and former Madhouse head) Masao Maruyama also tweeted on Saturday that while no "embargo" had been lifted yet and that he planned to make an announcement regarding an unspecified title in the near future, he would still like to send his greetings to those who will work with him in the near future.

The award-winning story of Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni follows a bride named Suzu Urano as she moves to her new life in Kure City on the coast of Hiroshima Prefecture. Suzu perseveres through World War II with pluck and determination. Kono's manga was released in English by JManga.

Last Gasp Publishing and jaPRESS released Kono's manga Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms in North America.

The To All The Corners Of The World manga series received a live-action television special starring Keiko Kitagawa (live-action Sailor Moon's Sailor Mars, Paradise Kiss) as Suzu Urano last year.

Update: More background information added.

Update: The poster features the art of Chie Uratani, the character designer for Hijikata Toshizo: Shiro no Kiseki and an animation director on Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail, Mai Mai Miracle, and Tekkonkinkreet. Source: animeanime.jp

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