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Former Ghibli Animator Youjiro Arai Steps Up To Direct Taifu no Noruda


Studio Colorido recently launched the official website for its upcoming film, Taifu no Noruda (Typhoon of Noruda). In addition to a brief synopsis and information on the film, the site contains a trailer and a key visual.

Typhoon of Noruda Key Visual 001 - 20150410

Taifu no Noruda is a co-production between Studio Colorido and Fuji TV. Youjiro Arai, a former animator for Studio Ghibli, will make his directorial début on the feature. Character designs will be handled by Fumiko’s Confession creator Hiroyasu Ishida.

Youjiro Arai, who served as an animator for The Secret World of Arrietty, From Up On Poppy Hill, The Wind Rises, and a number of Ghibli Museum shorts, joined Studio Colorido in 2012. He worked as the character designer and animation director the Studio Colorido’s 2013 film, Hinata no Aoshigure, which was directed by Ishida.

A (rough!) translation of the film’s synopsis is below:

The stage is a secondary school on Aru Island, a day befor the cultural festival.
Higashi decided to quit playing baseball, which he had played since he was just a kid, which set off a fight with his best friend Saito.
Suddenly, a mysterious girl with red eyes appears. The girl, named Norunda, says “When the vortex on the ground, the vortex in the sky, and I are united as one, this planet will be reborn…”
It was around that time, when history’s largest typhoon was quickly approaching the island.

Taifu no Noruda will receive a three-week theatrical run starting on June 5, 2015.

Source: Crunchyroll

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