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Ghost in the Shell: SAC's Kenji Kamiyama Directs New 'Hirune Hime' Anime Film

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
I.G Port's Signal.MD animates 2017 film set in Okayama Prefecture in 2020

Director Kenji Kamiyama revealed a new anime film project titled Hirune Hime: Shiranai Watashi no Monogatari (Napping Princess - The Story of the Unknown Me) on Monday. The film is slated to open in Japanese theaters in 2017. The project will be the first film that Kamiyama has helmed in five years since 009 Re:Cyborg in 2012. The film's website revealed two character designs — one for the main character, a girl named Kokone Morikawa, and the other for as a sidecar that transforms into a robot named Hearts. The website also posted a background painting.

The film will be set in Okayama Prefecture in 2020, just before the Tokyo Olympics. Kamiyama describes the story as one of a father and daughter that is close to his personal feelings.

I.G Port's new anime studio subsidiary Signal.MD (Tantei Team KZ Jiken Note, Anime Tamago's "Colorful Ninja Iromaki" short) will animate the film as its first anime film project. Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Moribito - Guardian of the Spirit, Eden of the East) is directing the film, as well as penning the script. Satoko Morikawa (The Cat Returns, Eden of the East, Xi AVANT) will design the characters, and Shigeto Koyama (Michiko & Hatchin, Moribito - Guardian of the Spirit, Heroman) is in charge of mechanical design. Animator Christophe Ferreira confirmed that he is working on the film's concept art, storyboards, and animation. Warner Bros. will distribute the film.

Source: Anime! Anime!

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