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Sentai Filmworks Licenses Typhoon Noruda Anime Film

posted on by Karen Ressler
Former Ghibli animator Yōjirō Arai directed 2015 film

Sentai Filmworks announced on Thursday that it has licensed Studio Colorido's feature-length anime film Typhoon Noruda (Taifū no Noruda). The company plans to release the film digitally and on home video.

Sentai Filmworks describes the story:

The film takes place in a middle school on a remote island. Shuichi Azuma, a dedicated student, suddenly quits the baseball team, which leads to a fight with his best friend, Kenta. When a storm hits their school one day, Shuichi meets Noruda, a mysterious girl with a strange necklace, who seems to be somehow connected with the typhoon. Who is she? More importantly, why does Shuichi feel the need to help her?

Former Ghibli animator Yōjirō Arai made his directorial debut on the film, though he previously served as animation director on short anime for Studio Colorido. Hiroyasu Ishida, who previously directed award-winning shorts such as "Fumiko's Confession" and "rain town," designed the characters and served as animation director. Masashi Hamauzu (Good Luck Girl!) composed the music. Japanese rock band Galileo Galilei (anohana, Mobile Suit Gundam AGE openings) performed the theme song "Arashi no Ato de" (After the Storm).

The film opened in Japan for a three-week limited engagement beginning on June 5, 2015. The film screened alongside the short "Hinata no Aoshigure" by the same studio and Hiroyasu Ishida ("Fumiko's Confession").

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