Pompo: The Cinéphile Anime Adaptation Confirmed as Film Project

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Anime adaptation originally announced in 2017

The entertainment news website reported on Sunday that the previously announced anime adaptation of Shogo Sugitani's Pompo: The Cinéphile (Eiga Daisuki Pompo-san) manga will be an anime film.

Kadokawa streamed an animated ad in September 2018 to commemorate the release of the second volume of the manga. Animation studio CLAP animated the ad. The first volume of the manga had announced in August 2017 that an anime adaptation was in the works, but it was unclear until now if the 2018 animated ad served as that anime adaptation or if a separate project was in the works.

CLAP will again animate the film, and Ryoichiro Matsuo (In This Corner of the World) will serve as producer.

Pompo: The Cinéphile depicts the craft of movie-making and revolves around Joelle Davidovich "Pompo" Pomponette, a talented movie producer who looks like a girl.

Operating out of the movie capital "Nyallywood," Pompo has been shooting one B-grade entertainment flick after another that anyone would enjoy. One day, Pompo's "movie buff" assistant Gene spots a new script written by Pompo and is moved by its exquisite story. In a fit of passion, he proclaims, "I want to see this as a finished work in theaters as soon as possible!"

However, Pompo tells him, "So you shoot this film." Thus, Gene takes on his first directing gig. Meanwhile, Natalie, an ordinary girl who just arrived in town with movie actress dreams, has been discovered by Pompo …

Sugitani, who also goes by the pen name Ningen Plamo ("Human Plastic Model"), began posting the manga on the pixiv website in April 2017. Positive word-of-mouth on social networking sites and elsewhere has since led to over 500,000 views of the manga. Kadokawa published the first compiled book volume in August 2017. The manga was nominated for the 11th Manga Taisho awards in 2018.

Sugitani launched the spinoff manga Fran: The Cinéphile (Eiga Daisuki Fran-chan NYALLYWOOD STUDIOS SERIES) on the pixiv Comic website in July 2018. The manga centers on an aspiring actress named Francesca, who waits tables at the diner Eggnog to make ends meet. Francesca meets Pompo at the beginning of the story.


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