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French/Japanese Anime MFKZ Gets Japanese Dub in Theaters

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda

Parco announced on Tuesday that it will open Studio 4°C and Ankama's MFKZ (Mutafukaz) film in theaters in Japan on October 12 with a Japanese dub. The film's Japanese site also reveals more staff members for the anime, including chief animation director Teiichi Takiguchi (Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel I. presage flower, Inuyasha, Kara no Kyoukai movie four), and producer Eiko Tanaka (Mind Game, Tekkonkinkreet, First Squad).

The Japanese cast includes (from left to right in picture below): Tokio Emoto as Vince, Tsuyoshi Kusanagi as Angelino, and Shinnosuke Mitsushima as Willy.

French video game and comics publisher Ankama and Japan's Studio 4°C (Tekkon Kinkreet, Berserk: The Golden Age Arc) co-produced the film based on Guillaume "Run" Renard's Mutafukaz comic series. Renard himself directed the film with Tekkonkinkreet animation director Shoujirou Nishimi. Shinji Kimura (Tekkonkinkreet, Steamboy) served as art director.

The project was first announced in 2011, and the staff announced in 2015 that the film was slated for release in 2017. The film screened at Annecy in June 2017 and at the inaugural Animation is Film Festival in October 2017.

GKIDS acquired the North American distribution rights to the film, and will release the film theatrically in English on October 11.

Renard's original comic series is set in "Dark Meat City" — a "pre-apocalyptic American urban jungle" — and revolves around Angelino, a young man whose scooter accident results in the acquisition of supernatural powers. Ankama's official website for the comic stated that it is inspired by science fiction of the 1950s, hip hop music, and wrestling.

Titan Comics released the first volume of the original French graphic novel in English-speaking countries in 2015.

Sources: MFKZ official Japanese website, Comic Natalie

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