Otakon Holds Screening of Trigger's Promare Film
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Otakon revealed on Monday that it will screen Studio Trigger and XFlag's original anime film Promare. Otakon previously revealed that it will host Studio Trigger staff members Hiromi Wakabayashi, Shigeto Koyama, and Hiroyuki Imaishi, who are the creative producer, character and mechanical designer, and director of Promare, respectively.
GKIDS announced earlier this month 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 622,597,200 yen (about US$5.80 million) as of June 23. The film will also screen at this year's Anime Expo.
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.
Otakon will be held at Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. from July 26 to 28. The event will also host rock band BRADIO as musical guests; former Studio Ghibli staff member Hirokatsu Kihara; composer Kaoru Wada; hip-hop artist Shing02; singers Diana Garnet and Nano; voice actresses Kikuko Inoue, Sayuri Hara, and Manaka Iwami; voice actors Toru Furuya, Makoto Furukawa, Nobunaga Shimazaki, and Chikahiro Kobayashi; producers Masao Maruyama, Michihiko Suwa, and Shōichi Hotta; directors Hiroshi Nagahama and Yoshiaki Kyougoku; and animators Atsushi Nakayama and Ryōma Ebata.