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Children of the Sea Film Posts 1st Trailer, Composer Joe Hisaishi's Comments

posted on by Egan Loo
GKIDS to screen Studio 4°C's anime of Daisuke Igarashi's manga in N. America in 2019

The official website for Studio 4°C's anime film of Daisuke Igarashi's Children of the Sea (Kaijū no Kodomo) manga began streaming the first full trailer for the film on Tuesday.

Composer Joe Hisaishi of Studio Ghibli fame commented on the appeal of the film and the challenges on working on its soundtrack. He described the story as both unpredictable and philosophical. He thought the soundtrack was quite challenging as it permeated the entire film, but with a minimal music style. He added that the film inspires the viewer's imagination with the faint whiff of the universe's memories and the effervescence of life.

Viz Media published the manga in English, and it describes the story:

When Ruka was younger, she saw a ghost in the water at the aquarium where her dad works. Now she feels drawn toward the aquarium and the two mysterious boys she meets there, Umi and Sora. They were raised by dugongs and hear the same strange calls from the sea as she does.

Ruka's dad and the other adults who work at the aquarium are only distantly aware of what the children are experiencing as they get caught up in the mystery of the worldwide disappearance of the oceans' fish.

The main cast includes, from left to right in the image below, Hiiro Ishibashi as Umi, Mana Ashida as Ruka Azumi, and Airu Kubodzuka as Sora.

The film also stars, from left to right in the image below, Sumiko Fuji as Dede (a mysterious figure who watches over Umi and Sora), Gorō Inagaki as Masaaki Azumi (Ruka's father who works at an aquarium), Yū Aoi as Kanako Azumi (Ruka's mother, whose relationship with both Riku and Masaaki is strained), and Tōru Watanabe as Sensei (the coach in charge of Ruka's hand-ball team).

Ayumu Watanabe (Space Brothers, After the Rain) is directing, and Kenichi Konishi (Tokyo Godfathers, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya) is the animation director and character designer.

The film will open in Japan on June 7. GKIDS will screen the film theatrically in North America in Japanese and English in 2019.

Igarashi launched the manga in Shogakukan's IKKI magazine in 2007, and ended it in 2011. Shogakukan published five compiled book volumes for the manga, and Viz Media published all five volumes in English. The manga earned nominations and awards of excellence from the 38th Japan Cartoonist Awards, the American Library Association's Young Adult Library Services Association, the School Library Journal, and the 13th Japan Media Arts Festival Awards.

Sources: Children of the Sea film's website, Comic Natalie

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