Hana Kappa-kun Kids' Anime Gets Film Next April
posted on by Egan Loo
The popular children's television anime Hana Kappa is spawning a theatrical film that will open on April 12, 2013. Eiga Hana Kappa Hana-sake! Pakkaan Chō no Kuni no Daibōken will run an hour long and play with a singalong piece, Hana Kappa Musical Pan to Gohan Dochi Nano!?
The anime adapts Tadashi Akiyama's Hana Kappa-kun picture books and newspaper manga about a kappa (mystical Japanese river creature) who happens to have a flower (hana) growing out of his head. Hana Kappa lives with his father, mother, grandfather, and grandmother in a verdant village known as Yamabiko.
In the film, butterfly warriors suddenly appear in Yamabiko and snatch away Hana Kappa's mother and others. Hana Kappa and his friends head out towards the mystery-filled land of butterflies. They overcome obstacles such as mountains and deserts and along the way, encounter a mysterious boy named Poru.
The television anime's Kazumi Nonaka (Happy Happy Clover, Mameushi-kun) is directing the film at the studios Xebec and OLM. Tetsuo Yasumi (Bono Bono, Happy Happy Clover), the series script supervisor of the television anime, is overseeing the film and co-writing it with Natsuko Takahashi (ATASHIn'CHI, Gokujō!! Mecha Mote Iinchō, Kaasan - Mom's Life).
Image © 2013 Tadashi Akiyama/Eiga Hana Kappa Project