Director Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex) has revealed his project, an anime movie called Hirune Hime-Shiranai Watashi no Monogatari (Napping Princess: The Story of the UnknownMe). The movie, to be released in Japan by Warner Bros, is set in the Okayama Prefecture just before the opening ceremony of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Kenji Kamiyama used his art background to give his first movie, Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade, a great deal of attention. He went on to direct Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, a work that long with Guardian of the Sacred Spirits and Eden of the East got him some international attention. Hime-Shiranai Watashi no Monogatari is going to be his first full-length movie since 009 RE: CYBORG in 2012.
Unlike the norm, the production decided to reveal the desings of the main characters and a single background instead of a key visual. Probably that is Kamiyama-san’s way of showing his focus to the art behind the movie. The main characters are Kokone Morikawa and Hearts, a car that can turn into a robot. Kokone was designed by Satoko Morikawa (The Cat Returns) and Hearts was designed by Shigeto Koyama (HEROMAN, Kill la Kill). If Hearts reminds you of a certain robot from Big Hero 6, then you are spot on; he is the man behind the concept mecha designer of Baymax. The background shows Great Seto Bridge.
The anime production company, Signal.MD, was established by IG Port in 2014 as its 4th anime studio following I.G, XEBEC and WIT STUDIO. If the movie is succesful, this could be the trump card that throws the company into anime fame.
Warner Bros. Animation distributed many big anime movies, such as Summer Wars (directed by Mamoru Hosoda) in 2009, Gintama The Movie: The Final Chapter: Be Forever, YorozuyaandPuella Magi Madoka Magica (New Edition) Rebellion both in 2013.
Comment from Kenji Kamiyama (Director and Screenplay Writer)
‘I had been asking myself how a role of animation movies should be, facing and living in such a harsh reality today. One day, someone said, “why don’t you create something that you would like your own daughter to watch?” Then, suddenly, a story of an innocent girl and a father came into my head.
Although, it wasn’t as easy as it sounds. I struggled everyday to make it better and to have a good grip on my daughter’s attention.
This is a movie based on ‘a story of a father and his daughter’, who stay close to minimum thought of one individual.’
Hirune Hime-Shiranai Watashi no Monogatari (Napping Princess: The Story of the Unknown Me)
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