2nd Sumikko Gurashi Anime Film Sells 1 Million Tickets

Eiga Sumikko Gurashi: Aoi Tsukiyo no Mahō no Ko (The Magical Child of the Blue Moonlit Night), the second movie in San-X's Sumikko Gurashi franchise, has offered 1,008,057 tickets as of Sunday, its tenth weekend within the Japanese field workplace.

The movie opened in Japan on November 5, and offered about 200,000 tickets to earn about 250 million yen (about US$2.22 million) in its first three days. The movie has earned a cumulative whole of 1,181,926,990 yen (about US$10.18 million) as of January 2.

Takahiro Ōmori (Durarara!!, Natsume's Book of Friends, Princess Jellyfish) directed the movie. Reiko Yoshida (Violet Evergarden, Lu over the wall, Okay-ON!) penned the script, and Kaori Hino (Modest Heroes, Napping Princess) returned from the primary movie because the artwork director. Fanworks returned to animate the movie, and ASMIK Ace is distributing.

In the movie's story, the principle characters go on a tenting journey at some point within the fall, and that evening they recall a legend: that after each 5 years, on the evening of a giant and blue full moon, magical creatures will go to the city. The characters search for, solely to see a big and blue moon overhead.

Sumikko Gurashi debuted in 2012 as barely unfavourable characters who like to remain within the nook of a room. The characters embrace "Shirokuma," a polar bear who's delicate to chilly; "Penguin?" (with a query mark in its title), a penguin who's not sure whether it is really a penguin; "Tonkatsu," a bit of pork cutlet that was left uneaten; "Neko," a shy cat; and "Tokage," who hides his nature as one of many final dinosaurs.

The first anime movie, titled Sumikkogurashi – Good to be within the nook, opened in Japan in November 2019. The movie ultimately offered a complete of 1.22 million tickets, and it earned 1.4 billion yen (about US$12.8 million) on the field workplace in Japan as of February 2020. The movie gained the award for Best Animation of the Year on the twenty ninth Annual Japan Movie Critics Awards in June 2020.

Sources: Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web, Cinema Today (大内啓輔)