Kobe-based directors company Cretica Universal announced on May 5th that its new anime feature film Kamiarizuki no Kodomo / Child of Kamiari Month is set to to be released in 2021, as well as its three main voice cast members.
Kamiarizuki (the month when there are gods) is another name for October in the lunar calendar in the Izumo region (Shimane Prefecture), inspired by a mythology that gods from all over Japan gather at the Izumo Taisha Shrine that month. In the other areas in Japan, it is called Kannazuki (the month when there are no gods).
The film’s story focuses on Kanna, a girl who can no longer face her beloved “running” after her mother’s passing. One day, a rabbit named Shiro, who is a shinshi (a messenger of gods), and a boy named Yasha, an oni (ogre) boy, appear at her. Kanna crosses the boundary between people and gods, and is invited into Izumo. Aju Makita (Shino-chan wa Jibun no Namae ga Ienai live-action film) is cast as the protagonist Kanna, alongside Maaya Sakamoto as Shiro and Miyu Irino as Yasha.
Takana Shirai (assistant for the animation director of Children of the Sea), who has a grandmother born in Shimane, serves as director, along with animation producer Tetsuro Satomi (Ninja Batman), storyboard writer Tomomi Mochizuki (Ocean Waves), and anime character designer Haruka Sagawa (Mon-Soni!: Senritsu no Lucifer, Tada Hitotsu no Hajimari no Uta).
The film project has been supported by Sony’s First Flight crowdfunding. Via Crunchroll News.
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