The staff of the forty ninth Angoulême Festival launched on Wednesday that Masaaki Yuasa‘s INU-OH, the musical anime attribute film of Hideo Furukawa‘s Heike Monogatari: INU-OH no Maki (Tales of the Heike: Inu-Oh) novel, will show display on the event on March 18 with a Q&A with Yuasa. The event could even host a “L’Art de INU-OH” exhibition that features artwork work from Taiyo Matsumoto, and Yuasa could even host a lecture on the event on March 19 on the theme of “bringing manga to life.”

The film made its world premiere throughout the 78th Venice International Film Festival on September 10, and it was the first 2D Japanese film to compete throughout the Venice International Film Festival’s Horizons class. The film screened on the Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF), which was held from October 30 by the use of November 8. The film gained the Special Distinction Prize throughout the International Competition – Feature Film class award on the twenty third Bucheon International Animation Festival (BIAF).

The film will open in Japan in early summer season season 2022. GKIDS has licensed the film, and it describes the film’s story:

Inu-Oh is born with distinctive bodily traits, and the horrified adults cowl every inch of his physique with garments, along with a masks on his face. One day, he meets a boy named Tomona, a blind biwa participant, and as Tomona performs a fragile tune of tangled future, Inu-Oh discovers an unbelievable means to bop.

Inu-Oh and Tomona turn into enterprise companions and inseparable buddies, using their inventive gadgets to survive on the margins of society, as tune after tune obtain them notoriety and propel them to stardom. Through the songs, Inu-Oh mesmerizes his audiences on stage, and commonly begins to remodel into any individual of unequaled magnificence. But why is Tomona blind? Why was Inu-Oh born with distinctive traits? It is a story regarding the friendship of Inu-Oh and Tomona, who dance and sing to get to the fact and break each other’s curse.

Yuasa (DEVILMAN crybaby, Ride Your Wave, Japan Sinks: 2020) directed the film. Manga creator Taiyo Matsumoto drafted the distinctive character designs for INU-OH in his second collaboration with Yuasa, who directed the anime of Matsumoto’s Ping Pong manga. Akiko Nogi wrote her first anime film after scripting such live-action works as I’m a Hero, We Married as a Job!, and Unnatural.

The forty ninth Angoulême Festival will run from March 17-20 throughout the Angoulême area of France after a delay from January 27-30 as a consequence of COVID-19. Six manga are nominated for Best Comic at this 12 months’s awards, and numerous different manga are moreover nominated in several lessons. The competitors could even host an exhibition for the work of Chainsaw Man creator Tatsuki Fujimoto.

The competitors launched in 1974 as an event celebrating comics from worldwide areas all by means of the world.

Thanks to Nicholas R. Zabaly for the knowledge tip.


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Source: Angoulême Festival’s website and Twitter account (link 2)