Original Anime Film Kurayukaba, Kuramerukagari Get Simultaneous Japan Theatrical Release in April 2024

Kurayukaba and its spin-off Kuramerukagari , two original anime feature films written and directed by Shigeyoshi Tsukahara, will release in Japanese theaters simultaneously on April 12, 2024, starting at Theatre Shinjuku and other theaters. Kurayukaba is a mystery movie — with a Taisho-era romantic atmosphere and powerful gadgets — following the detective Soutarou as he unravels a mass disappearance and steps into the underground world known as "Kuragali." The director Tsukahara held three crowdfunding campaigns for the film project in 2018, 2020, and 2021 — all of which reached their goal and raised enough money to produce the entire film. In August 2023, the film won the Gold Prize in the Audience Award for Best Animated Feature Film at the 2023 Fantasia International Film Festival . RELATED: Crowdfunded Anime Project KURAYUKABA Gets A Green Light for The Entire Film's Production Kurayukaba trailer Kurayukaba synopsis: "Yes, Ootsuji Detective Agency" In the purple smoke lies a faint dream, and in the town, rumors swirl like smoke. Now, facing the strangeness of the "mass disappearance" bewildering society, detective Soutarou confronts it! With no witnesses and unclear intentions, the identity of the "ominous tracks" that always appear in its footsteps... In search of clues, the detective delves into the underground realm of the town called "Kuragari." There, the encounter with the black iron armored train and its commander, Tanne, will significantly shake the fate of the detective! The staff and voice cast for Kurayukaba include: Original Work, Screenplay, Director: Shigeyoshi Tsukahara Character Design: Kazunori Minagawa Digital Cutout Animation Director: maxcaffy Animation Supervisor: Chota Akatsuki Art Setting: Pochi Art Director: Kentaro Onuki Sound Director: Eriko Kimura Sound Effects: Katsuhiro Nakano Sound Production: Tohokushinsha Music: Chota Akatsuki Animation Production: Team OneOne Soutarou voiced by Kanda Hakusan (Kodanshi - traditional oral Japanese storyteller) Tanne voiced by Tomoyo Kurosawa (Kumiko Omae in Sound! Euphonium ) Saki voiced by Yu Serizawa (Rae Taylor in I'm in Love with the Villainess ) Command Team Leader voiced by Setsuji Sato Matsui voiced by Sho Karino Inarizaka voiced by Raiko Sakamoto Kuramerukagari is a film based on the scenario written by Ryohgo Narita as a spin-off novel of Kurayukaba . Set in the coal mining town known as "Hakoniwa," where vibrant characters thrive, the story revolves around Kagari, a girl who runs a "map shop" that records the ever-changing town, resembling a labyrinth, as her daily life unfolds. Kuramerukagari trailer Kuramerukagari synopsis: This is a story that weaves together people and a town. A coal mining town crowded with small-scale excavators, commonly known as the "Hakoniwa." In this town that changes daily like a labyrinth, there's a girl named Kagari who runs a mapmaking business and a boy named Yuya who dreams of breaking free from the "Hakoniwa." Eventually, the two, along with the unique residents of the town, find themselves confronting a conspiracy that shakes the entire town. The fate of the” Hakoniwa" depends on Kagari's drawings on the map. The staff and voice cast for Kuramerukagari include: Original Work, Screenplay, Director: Shigeyoshi Tsukahara Original concept: Ryohgo Narita Animation Production: Team OneOne Distribution: Tokyo Theatres, Twin Engine Production: KURAGARI Production Committee Kagari voiced by Ayane Sakura (Ochaco Uraraka in My Hero Academia ) Shigeyoshi Tsukahara profile: Animation creator Shigeyoshi Tsukahara (born 1981 in Tokyo). Since childhood, he admired old science fiction films and started creating independent animations around 2002. He presented numerous original short films and received awards such as the 11th Independent Animation Festival: Grand Prize and Mitaka City Award ( Hashi no Mukou / 2012), the 10th Sapporo International Short Film Festival: Nobuhiko Obayashi Jury Prize ( Joseito / 2014), and the Fantasia International Film Festival Audience Award in Best Animated Feature category: Gold Prize ( Kurayukaba / 2023). In recent years, he has been involved in world-building beyond visuals, including contributing to the stage design for SEKAI NO OWARI's live performances. Sources : "Kurayukaba" and "Kuramerukagari" official website / Twitter ©Shigeyoshi Tsukahara/KURAGARI Production Committee

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