Crunchyroll launched on April 12 that it will stream Saudi Arabian media agency Manga Productions and Toei Animation‘s animated collaboration film The Journey (Journey: Taiko Arabia Hantо̄ de no Kiseki to Tatakai no Monogatari) this spring.

The film held its North American debut at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California on April 12. Crunchyroll did not confirm in what languages it’s going to stream the film, nonetheless did state the film’s English dub stars: Chris Judge, Johnny Yong Bosch, Jennie Kwan, Bryce Papenbrook, Alejandro Saab, Christopher Sabat, Steve Blum, Hesham Elshazly, Cedric Williams, and Hussein Mohammed.

Manga Productions is streaming an English-dubbed trailer for the film.

The film was initially scheduled to open in 2020, nonetheless in its place premiered in Japan in June 2021. Manga Productions describes the film:

An invading navy threatens to destroy Mecca and enslave its peaceful inhabitants. Aws, a seemingly simple potter, is probably going one of many few ready to stand up in direction of the massive invading navy to defend their residence. But when he discovers a long-lost buddy he believed to be lifeless, his darkish earlier is revealed.

Manga Productions has signed theatrical distribution provides for the movie with VOX Cinemas inside the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) space, with Toei‘s distribution agency T-Joy in Japan, and with Koch Media in six European worldwide places.

The film’s Japanese solid comprises:

  • Toru Furuya as Aws
  • Kotono Mitsuishi as Hind
  • Hiroshi Kamiya as Zurara
  • Yūichi Nakamura as Nizar
  • Kazuya Nakai as Musab
  • Takaya Kuroda as Abraha

Kobun Shizuno (Detective Conan films) directed the film, and Atsuhiro Tomioka (Pokémon films) wrote the script. Tatsurō Iwamoto (Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney sport sequence) was the film’s lead character designer, and Kaoru Wada (Ninja Scroll, Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas, InuYasha, Ace Attorney) composed the music. The firms produced the film in every Japan and Saudi Arabia (Manga Productions has branches in Riyadh and Tokyo). Manga Productions completely financed the film, and has the worldwide distribution rights.

Manga Productions has beforehand collaborated with Toei Animation on a wide range of anime initiatives, along with “The Woodcutter’s Treasure” fast and the Future’s Folktales sequence, the latter of which is getting a second season.

Manga Productions is a subsidiary of the Prince Mohammed bin Salman Foundation, additionally referred to as MiSK, and named for Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia. The agency targets to create animation, comic, and on-line recreation initiatives to “promote Saudi ideas and messages internationally.” MiSK signed a memorandum with Japan’s Digital Hollywood University in October 2017 to follow Saudi designers and programmers in creating animation and video video games. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman established MiSK in 2011.

In February 2021, the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence assessed that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman permitted an operation in Istanbul, Turkey to seize or kill Jamal Khashoggi. Khashoggi was a Saudi journalist who relocated to the United States and wrote for The Washington Post newspaper sooner than being killed in 2018. The Saudi Arabian authorities “completely reject[ed]” the U.S. analysis. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has moreover been criticized for pursuing a wrestle in Yemen that triggered a humanitarian disaster and for cracking down on dissenting voices. He has alternately been praised for ending a ban on women drivers in 2018.

ANN reached out to Crunchyroll relating to its launch of the film and coping with Manga Productions, nonetheless the agency did not reply to ANN by press time.

Source: Crunchyroll