The staff for INU-OH, Masaaki Yuasa‘s musical anime attribute film of Hideo Furukawa‘s Heike Monogatari: INU-OH no Maki (Tales of the Heike: Inu-Oh) novel, unveiled a model new 30-second “Buddy” trailer for the film on Thursday. The trailer highlights the bizarre nevertheless harmonious friendship between the titular lead character and the blind musician Tomona.

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 observe of tangled future, Inu-Oh discovers an unimaginable capability to bop.

Inu-Oh and Tomona turn into enterprise companions and inseparable buddies, using their ingenious presents to survive on the margins of society, as observe after observe obtain them notoriety and propel them to stardom. Through the songs, Inu-Oh mesmerizes his audiences on stage, and frequently begins to transform into anyone 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.

Avu-chan of the Queen Bee rock band performs INU-OH, and Mirai Moriyama performs Tomona. Tasuku Emoto, Kenjiro Tsuda, and Yutaka Matsushige play Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, INU-OH‘s father, and Tomona’s father, respectively.

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 film will open in Japan in May 28. ASMIK Ace will launch the film in Asia, North America, France, the U.Ok, and Benelux. ASMIK Ace and Fortissimo have supplied the screening rights of the film to Sun Distribution for Latin America, Rapid Eye for Germany, Front Row for the Middle East, and Cinemaran for Spain.

The film made its world premiere throughout the 78th Venice International Film Festival in September 2021, 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 to November ultimate yr. The film obtained the Special Distinction Prize throughout the International Competition – Feature Film class award on the twenty third Bucheon International Animation Festival (BIAF). The film screened on the forty ninth Angoulême Festival on March 18 with a Q&A with Yuasa.

Sources: INU-OH film’s website, Comic Natalie