Contrail, the anime studio that director Sunao Katabuchi established in September 2019 for a model new feature-length animated film, posted a second English-subtitled video on Tuesday to introduce Katabuchi’s subsequent film. The video choices behind-the-scenes footage and storyboard footage. Additionally, the video teases that the film’s story will attribute an epidemic, and teases that Sei Shōnagon could be a persona in the film, alongside character names paying homage to Koretada, Tokinaka, Chikatada, and Takaie.


The story is about in Kyoto in the course of the 10th century “when The Pillow Book was written” by real-life literary decide Sei Shōnagon. (Katabuchi well-known that Sei Shōnagon appeared in his earlier film Mai Mai Miracle.)

Chie Uratani (Hijikata Toshizo: Shiro no Kiseki, Princess Arete, Ushiro no Shōmen Daare) is serving as directing assistant (translated as co-director in the video), and Masashi Ando (The Deer King) is the chief animation director. Toshiharu Mizutani (Akira, Children of the Whales, Banana Fish, Little Busters!) is directing the paintings.

Katabuchi began rising the mission 5 years in the previous in 2017, and the film began full-fledged animation manufacturing all through this fiscal 12 months. Contrail started accepting features for animation and manufacturing staff in January 2020.

Katabuchi acknowledged he chosen the model new studio’s establish with the concepts of “I want to make an animated work that will be loved by many people forever.” MAPPA‘s Manabu Ohtsuka is Contrail’s advisor director, and Katabuchi is a board member. The agency is located in Tokyo’s Suginami ward.

Katabuchi has directed such anime as Black Lagoon, Black Lagoon: Roberta’s Blood Trail, Black Lagoon: The Second Barrage, Mai Mai Miracle, Princess Arete, and Meiken Lassie. He wrote the screenplay and directed the critically acclaimed In This Corner of the World film, which opened in November 2016. The extended mannequin of the film, In This Corner (and Other Corners) of the World, opened in Japan on December 20, 2019.

Source: Contrail’s YouTube channel