Black Lagoon's Katabuchi Directs Video of Yoko Kanno's Quake Relief Song
posted on by Sarah Nelkin
An animated music video of "Hana wa Saku" (Flowers Bloom) song will air this week. Writer/director Shunji Iwai (All About Lily Chou-Chou, Hana and Alice) and composer Yoko Kanno (Macross Plus/Frontier, Cowboy Bebop, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex) created the song as the theme for NHK's Great Eastern Japan Earthquake Project, which supports the reconstruction efforts in the areas hardest hit by the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake (Higashi Nihon Daishinsai) disaster. This month marks the two-year anniversary of the disaster.
Sunao Katabuchi (Black Lagoon, Mai Mai Miracle) directed the 5-minute short at Mappa with art director Shinichi Uehara (Mai Mai Miracle, Paradise Kiss) and producer Masao Maruyama (Black Lagoon, Tokyo Godfathers). Shizue Kaneko (Doraemon films) oversaw the animation process and adapted the original character designs by manga creator Fumiyo Kono (Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms). (Katabuchi is now directing an anime film adaptation of Kono's To All The Corners Of The World/Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni manga.)
The short anime will air twice on Japan's NHK channel — once on March 20 from 10:50 to 10:55 a.m., and once more on March 22 from 25:10 to 25:15 (effectively, March 23 from 1:10 to 1:15 a.m.)