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Kanna Kii's Umibe no Étranger Boys-Love Manga Gets Anime Film Next Summer

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Land of the Lustrous promo anime's Akiyo Ohashi helms Studio Hibari anime with Kii supervising, designing characters

Fuji TV announced on Friday that its Blue Lynx boys-love anime label is producing a theatrical anime adaptation of Kanna Kii's Umibe no Étranger (L'étranger du Plage or The Stranger on the Beach) manga that will open in Japan in summer 2020. Shochiku is streaming a teaser for the anime, which features a visual that Kii drew for the anime.

Akiyo Ohashi (Land of the Lustrous manga's 2013 promotional video, Sakura Capsule) is directing the anime at Studio Hibari, and is also serving as scriptwriter and storyboarder. Kii, a former animator, is supervising the film, and is also drawing the film's character designs. Shochiku is distributing the anime. The project is Blue Lynx's third project, after the Twittering Birds Never Fly and Given theatrical anime films.

The story centers on Mio, a high school boy who lost his parents at an early age. Shun, a gay aspiring novelist living near Mio's house on a remote island in Okinawa, noticed Mio sitting for hours at a bench on the beach. They grew closer to each other, but Mio had to leave Okinawa. Three years later, Mio returns to face his feelings.

Umibe no Étranger is Kii's debut work as a manga creator, and it ran in Shodensha's On Blue magazine in 2013. Kii launched a sequel manga titled Harukaze no Etranger (L'étranger du zéphyr or The Stranger of the Spring Breeze) on On Blue in July 2014. Shodensha published the manga's third compiled book volume in July 2017.

Source: Comic Natalie


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