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On-Gaku: Our Sound Anime Film Screening on London on December 5

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Music film screening in Rio Cinema in Dalston as part of London International Animation Festival

On Thursday December 5, there will be a London cinema screening of ON-GAKU: Our Sound, the anime film adaptation of Hiroyuki Ohashi's "ON-GAKU" manga. The venue is the Rio Cinema in Dalston, London (directions) at 6.45 p.m. The screening is part of the London International Animation Festival (LIAF).

The film will open in Japan in January 2020. From the LIAF web page:

"A summer day. Three outsider high school students who haven't touched an instrument in their lives decide to form a band to express their teenage angst and impress girls. Does it matter that Kenji and his friends have never played an instrument before? Of course not – he's got a guitar at home and his friends have a bass and drums so in the true spirit of punk, with blind confidence and absolutely minimal effort they start to make friends and influence people.

"A wildly original, trailblazing anime based on the Manga by Hiroyuki Ohashi, the film's animation technique evolves as the story does, culminating in a rock ‘n’ roll spectacle for the ears and the eyes.

"This film will be preceded by Kenji Iwaisawa's short film Fukurai-cho, Tunnel Alley Man."

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 is directing the film. Iwaisawa is previously known for his animated shorts such as "Fukurai-cho, Tunnel Roji no Otoko," and "Big Boss." Ohashi is 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.

Ohashi's manga short story series City Lights previously inspired a live-action film adaptation titled Chōnōryoku Kenkyū-bu no 3-nin (ESP Research Club's 3 Members) in December 2014.


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