Anime Expo Hosts N. American Premiere of Promare Anime Film

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Director Hiroyuki Imaishi, more staff attend July 5 event

Anime Expo announced on Tuesday that this year's convention will host the North American premiere of Studio Trigger and XFlag's original anime film Promare on July 5 at 5:30 p.m. Director Hiroyuki Imaishi, creative director Hiromi Wakabayashi, and character designer Shigeto Koyama will attend the event for discussion after the screening. Studio Trigger will announce its next work at the event. The staff members will also participate in autograph sessions during the convention.

GKIDS announced on Thursday that it has licensed the film for release in North America. The company will hold a premiere event for the film on September 17 and 19, and the film will then open in select theaters on September 20. GKIDS describes the film:

Thirty years has passed since the appearance of Burnish, a race of flame-wielding mutant beings, who destroyed half of the world with fire. When a new group of aggressive mutants calling themselves “Mad Burnish” appears, the epic battle between Galo Thymos, a new member of the anti-Burnish rescue team “Burning Rescue,” and Lio Fotia, the leader of “Mad Burnish” begins.

The film opened in 200 theaters in Japan on May 24, and ranked at #8 in its opening weekend. The film has earned a cumulative total of 494,277,000 yen (about US$4.55 million) as of June 16.

Imaishi and scriptwriter Kazuki Nakashima teamed up again for the new project at Trigger. Trigger and Nakashima are credited with the original work. Koyama was in charge of character design and mechanical design, and Sushio (Kill la Kill) was involved as an animator. Tomotaka Kubo (Mary and The Witch's Flower) was the art director, and Saishi Ichiko was in charge of logo design. Hiroyuki Sawano (Attack on Titan, Kill la Kill) composed the music. Sanzigen Animation Studio handled the 3DCG animation. XFlag is credited with production, and Toho is distributing the film.

Source: Anime Expo's website

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