Otakon is thrilled to feature a special screening, in collaboration with Shout! Factory Films, of the crowd-funded award winning feature animated film, In This Corner of the World. In attendance as guests of Otakon will be producer, Masao Maruyama, and character designer, Hidenori Matsubara.
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.
Screening times and dates will be published when the Otakon schedule goes live.
About Shout! Factory Films: Shout! Factory, LLC is a diversified multi-platform media company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their entire careers sharing their music, television and film favorites with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s entertainment offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music and comedy specials. In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast entertainment distribution network which delivers culturally relevant programming, movie and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America and across multiple platforms. Shout! Factory owns and operates Shout! Factory Productions, Scream Factory, Shout! Factory Kids, Shout! Factory Films, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Timeless Media Group and Shout! Factory TV. These riches are the result of a creative acquisition mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Los Angeles, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit shoutfactory.com.
Anime Tamago is a yearly project that is run by The Association of Japanese Animations (AJA) and is funded by the Japanese government's Agency for Cultural Affairs in order to support training animators.
Himeno was just a 3rd grader who just moved from the city into a big house in the countryside. Little did she know, she and her family had just moved into a Ninja Mansion!
There was the one of fire, AKAMAKI. The one who controls water, AOMAKI. The DIY master, KIROMAKI.
The ninjaís mistake Himeno for a princess, and serve her by helping her through her everyday life with each of their special powers.
However there is more to the ninjaís then meets the eye! They have the ability to clone themselves and combine to make new colored ninjaís!
When the clones of Aomaki and Kiromaki combine, MIDORIMAKI is born!
Clones of Akamaki and Aomaki fuse to make MURASAKIMAKI.
And the Akamaki and Kiromaki clones join to become DAIDAIMAKI!
As Himeno begins her new curious life with a rainbow of ninja, a huge tornado approaches the house. What will happen to Himenoís family? Will the colorful ninja's be able to protect Himeno?
In the temple that Aiko lives in, there was a mysterious paper screen door with a half-finished painting on it. The painting was supposed to be of an angel. When Aiko was small, she had thought, ìI want to be able to paint like that!î, but now as a 17-year-old, she now has no dreams or prospects for the future.
One day, a mysterious man came into her life. The man spoke with a rough Edo dialect, and he seemed like a pervert, walking around in only the top half of a kimono and his underwear.
Aiko was furious that her grandfather had offered to let the man stay at their temple. However, she gradually realized that this grumpy man was actually a kind soul, and warmed up to him.
What is the true identity of this man?
A girl temporarily transfers from the city to a school in the mountains because of her father's job.
Her classmates mistake her for a "Child of the Wind", and keep her at arm's length. One boy is interested in her, and would like to get to know her better, but he has a hard time doing so. The girl doesnít like life in the countryside, and canít wait to go back to the city. However, she meets the actual God of the Wind by chance, and though she maintains a bit of a distance from those around her, she is able to gradually join the group. This is a short, fairy tale-like story of innocent children experiencing romance for the first time.
Earth, many years after the 20th Century. Generations of pollution, nuclear wars, biological weapons, environmental and ecological disasters have led to the eradication of life on earth. The 6th mass extinction of the planet, the "Big Six" has ravaged the remaining animals and plants on earth.
Meanwhile, humans have abandoned the surface of the planet, and created cities in the skies. They transported animals there to preserve the few endangered species from extinction. Within their isolation in these sky cities, these animals have evolved in unique ways with the help of DNA manipulation and controlled reproduction. They have now evolved into bipedal organisms with intelligence, language, and their own civilizations where they live happily. Long forgotten was the desolate earth below.
One day, a seed from the earthís surface floats into a city in the sky. Children of the these sky civilizations find the seed, and dream of adventuring the world beyond their cities. Overcome with the temptation to explore the unknown, they decide to go out to the surface, not realizing that once they reach the ground below, that they will never be able to return home to the skies...