In this corner of the world, people are ready to shout… factory.
Earlier today, Shout! Factory and London-based Animatsu Entertainment announced that they’ve entered a distribution agreement. Through the deal, Shout! Factory licensed the theatrical, video on demand, digital, broadcast, and home video rights to 2016 anime film In This Corner of the World in the United States and Canada. Animatsu proper currently holds the global license to the feature.
A theatrical run for the movie is scheduled for this summer, which will be followed by releases on other media and platforms.
In This Corner of the World is based on Fumiyo Kono’s manga of the same name. Sunao Katabuchi (Black Lagoon, Mai Mai Miracle) directed the film and penned the scripts at MAPPA. Masao Maruyama and Taro Maki were attached to the project as producers.
The feature raised 36,224,000 yen ($320,270.90 USD) during a crowdfunding campaign, which was hosted on crowdfunding platform Makuake. 3,374 backers contributed to the project, with the average donation being 10,736 yen ($103.07).
In This Corner of the World was shown at this year’s Annecy Film Festival. The feature was presented as part of the the “In Progress” collection on June 16. The finished work will open in Japanese theaters in October.
Fumiyo Kono’s To All The Corners Of The World is a successor to her previous work, Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms. It’s a family drama, set in Hiroshima’s military city of Kure during World War II. The series revolves around Suzu, who moves to Kure after marrying her new husband. It is here, where the encounters a life of uncertainty in her new life, with a strange city, a new family to care for, and a new world to come to terms with. Yet, through her pluck and determination, Suzu finds a way to persevere.
The press release describes the film as:
The award-winning story of IN THIS CORNER OF THE WORLD follows a young lady named Suzu Urano, who in 1944 moves to the small town of Kure in Hiroshima to live with her husband’s family. Suzu’s life is thrown into chaos when her town is bombed during World War II. Her perseverance and courage underpin this heart-warming and inspirational tale of the everyday challenges faced by the Japanese in the midst of a violent, war-torn country. This beautiful yet poignant tale shows that even in the face of adversity and loss, people can come together and rebuild their lives.