It’s time to meet these heroes, modest as they may be.

Earlier today, the official website for Studio Ponoc’s Ponoc Tanpen Gekijō (Ponoc Short Films Theater) film series updated with the main voice cast for the first entry, titled Modest Heroes (Chiisana Eiyū: Kani to Tamago to Tōmei Ningen lit. Small Hero – Crab and Egg and Transparent Human –). The site also confirmed the film’s musical staff, and added a key visual.

We break the details down below.

Key Visual

The visual showcases the main characters from each of the film’s three stories.

Ponoc Short Films Theater: Modest Heroes Poster Visual


The movie will star the following:

  • Kanini (Kanini & Kanino): Fumino Kimura
  • Kanino (Kanini & Kanino): Rio Suzuki
  • Mama (Life Ain’t Gonna Lose): Machiko Ono
  • Shun (Life Ain’t Gonna Lose): Sōta Shinohara
  • Father (Life Ain’t Gonna Lose): Kentaro Sakaguchi
  • Doctor (Life Ain’t Gonna Lose): Kentaro Sakaguchi
  • Invisible Man (Invisible): Joe Odagiri
  • Blind Man (Invisible): Min Tanaka


The film’s composers are as follows:

  • Kanini & Kanino: Takatsugu Muramatsu
  • Life Ain’t Gonna Lose: Masanori Shimada
  • Invisible: Yasutaka Nakata

Ponoc Short Films Theater: Modest Heroes hits Japanese theaters on August 24. Three shorts will be included:

  • Kanini & Kanino: A fantasy tale about two crab siblings. Run Time: 15 minutes.
  • Life Ain’t Gonna Lose (Samurai Egg): A human drama that displays the love between a mother and her son. Run Time: 15 minutes
  • Invisible (Tōmei Ningen): A self-proclaimed “spectacle action” short that focuses on the lonesome trials of an invisible man. Run Time: 14 Minutes

Each of the shorts will feature a different director:

  • Kanini & Kanino: Hiromasa Yonebayashi (Mary and The Witch’s Flower, The Secret World of Arrietty)
  • Life Ain’t Gonna Lose: Yoshiyuki Momose (Ghiblies Episode 2, Space Station No. 9)
  • Invisible: Akihiko Yamashita (A Sumo Wrestler’s Tail)

All three directors previously worked at Studio Ghibli on projects. Kanini & Kanino will be Yonebayashi’s first original feature.

Sources: Otakomu, Comic Natalie