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Masaaki Yuasa's 'Kimi to, Nami ni Noretara' Anime Film Reveals More Staff, June 21 Debut

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Reiko Yoshida pens script, Michiru Oshima composes music

TOHO revealed at a 2019 lineup presentation on Thursday that director Masaaki Yuasa's Kimi to, Nami ni Noretara anime film will open in Japan on June 21, 2019. The film's tentative English title is "Riding a Wave with You."

Reiko Yoshida (Lu over the wall, A Silent Voice, Liz and the Blue Bird) is writing the film's script, and Michiru Oshima (Patema Inverted, The Night is Short Walk On, Girl) is composing the music.

TOHO describes the film:

Upon entering university, Hinako moves to a coastal town. She loves surfing, and when she's on the waves she's fearless, but still feels uncertain about her future. When a fire wreaks havoc in the town, Hinako encounters young firefighter Minato. As they surf and spend more time together, Hinako feels drawn to someone like Minato who devotes himself to helping other people. Hinako also holds a special place in Minato's heart.

Kimi to, Nami ni Noretara will be Yuasa's first new work since The Night is Short Walk On, Girl, Lu over the wall, and DEVILMAN crybaby.

Yuasa started as a key animator for such anime as Doraemon: Nobita's Animal Planet and The Legend of the Dog Warriors: The Hakkenden. He moved on to Crayon Shin-chan where he was animation director on a number of episodes, and did animation work on the franchise films.

He made his film director debut with the 2004 Mind Game film, and he went on to direct television anime such as Kemonozume, Kaiba, and Ping Pong. He has directed select episodes or specials of overseas series, such as Wakfu and Adventure Time. Yuasa also directed the Kick-Heart anime short in 2013. He also adapted Tomihiko Morimi's The Tatami Galaxy novel into an anime series. The Night is Short Walk On, Girl won the Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year in March, and Lu over the wall won the top "Cristal for a Feature Film" award at the Annecy International Film Festival in June 2017.

He and fellow animator Eunyoung Choi co-founded the Science SARU anime studio.

Source: Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web

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