Penguin Highway and Tatami Galaxy Author in London on Sunday
posted on by Andrew Osmond
Tickets are still available for a screening of Studio Colorido's film Penguin Highway on Sunday February 23 (3.30 p.m), including a live Q&A with Tomihiko Morimi, the author of the original novel. The venue is London's Prince Charles cinema on Leicester Square
Several of Morimi's other novels have been adapted into anime. The Tatami Galaxy was turned into a TV series by Masaaki Yuasa, who later made a film version of Morimi's book The Night is Short Walk On, Girl. P.A. Works adapted both of Morimi's The Eccentric Family (Uchōten Kazoku) novels into two television anime seasons in 2013 and 2017.
Anime Limited described Penguin Highway:
Aoyama is a serious 10 year-old boy who records all of his day-to-day experiences in his notebook. One day in May, penguins inexplicably appear in his home town, despite being located a long way from the sea. When Aoyama sees “Big Sis” – a young woman who works at a dentist's office – drop a soft drink can which inexplicably turns into a penguin, he decides to investigate and resolve the mystery behind these strange events.
Together with his classmates, Aoyama happens upon a strange phenomena which is surely the key to these goings-on. Will their investigation bear fruit, and just how is “Big Sis” linked to these occurrences?
Hiroyasu Ishida, who directed Colorido's "Hinata no Aoshigure" and "Fumiko's Confession" shorts, directed the film as his first feature-length directorial work. Typhoon Noruda director Yōjirō Arai is designing the characters for the film. Makoto Ueda, who wrote and supervised the scripts for the anime adaptations of Morimi's The Tatami Galaxy and Night is Short, Walk On Girl novels, returned to pen the script for this film.