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Edogawa Rampo's 'The Man Traveling with the Brocade Portrait' Story Gets Museum Anime Short

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Yoshimasa Hosoya, Yuuki Kaji, Raikō Sakamoto star in story about brother's disappearance

An anime adaptation of "The Man Traveling with the Brocade Portrait" ("Oshie to Tabi Suru Otoko") short story by mystery and supernatural author Edogawa Rampo (Rampo Edogawa) will run in three museums as part of an exhibit this year. Independent animator Shigeyoshi Tsukahara ("Hashi no Mukou," SEKAI NO OWARI rock band's in-concert anime footage and set design) is directing, and Yabomi is designing the characters.

A trailer debuted on Monday to introduce the voice cast:

Text: Torimega Lab
Text: Original Story: Edogawa Rampo
Text: Yoshimasa Hosoya as Older Brother
Text: Yuuki Kaji as Younger Brother
Text: Director Shigeyoshi Tsukahara
Text: Raikō Sakamoto as Old Man
Narrator: Director Shigeyoshi Tsukahara
Narrator and Text: "The Man Traveling with the Brocade Portrait"

The story begins in the early Showa era of the 20th century. A mysterious old man on a train relates the disappearance of his older brother three decades ago, near the 12-story Ryōunkaku tower that once stood in the seaside town of Uozu, Japan. The mystery revolves around telescopes, peep shows, and the blurred boundary between reality and dreams.

The cast features:

  • Yoshimasa Hosoya as Older Brother
  • Yuuki Kaji as Younger Brother
  • Raikō Sakamoto as Old Man

Chōta Akatsuki is composing the music, and Yūki Sakoda is producing.

The "Megane to Tabi Suru Bijutsuten" (The Exhibit Traveling with Glasses) exhibit will start at the Aomori Museum of Art from July 20 to September 2, before moving to the Shimane Arts Center from September 15 to November 12, and finally to the Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art from November 23, 2018 to January 27, 2019.

Edogawa published the original short story in 1929. Tsukahara previously created the fantasy short "Hashi no Mukou":

[Via Nijimen]

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