On-Gaku: Our Sound Anime Film Casts Musician Yasuyuki Okamura
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The staff for ON-GAKU: Our Sound, the anime film adaptation of Hiroyuki Ohashi's "ON-GAKU" manga, revealed on Sunday that singer-songwriter Yasuyuki Okamura appears in the film. Okamura stated that his role in the film is being kept a secret until the film opens in Japan. Okamura has previously composed music for both seasons of Space Dandy, and has performed theme songs for Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond and City Hunter 2.
The film will open in Japan in January 11, 2020, and stars: (left to right in image above, character name romanizations not confirmed)
- Shintarō Sakamoto as Kenji
- Ren Komai as Aya
- Tomoya Meno as Ōta
- Tateto Serizawa as Asakura
- Kami Hiraiwa as Morita
- Naoto Takenaka as Ōba
The film won the Ottawa International Animation Festival's Grand Prize for Feature Animation award last month. The film will also compete in the sixth annual New Chitose Airport International Animation Festival in the festival's Featured Animation Competition category in November.
Ohashi had launched a crowdfunding campaign on the Makuake website in July 2018 for the film. The campaign sought to raise 3.5 million yen (about US$31,000) to finish and edit the film by this year. The campaign ended in September 2018, and raised 4,129,000 yen (about US$38,166).
Ohashi announced the film project in 2012. Kenji Iwaisawa directed the film. Iwaisawa is previously known for his animated shorts such as "Fukurai-cho, Tunnel Roji no Otoko," and "Big Boss." Ohashi was responsible for the work's character designs and for overall supervision. Rock 'n' Roll Mountain will distribute the film, with distribution cooperation by Arc Films.
Ohashi originally self-published "ON-GAKU" in 2005, and it tells the story of young delinquents who decide to start a rock band despite never having touched instruments before. Ohta Publishing later printed the manga in its 2009 ON-GAKU to Manga collection of Ohashi's work.
Source: Comic Natalie