Funimation announced that it will distribute the anime film Josee, the Tiger and the Fish beginning July 12 in select theaters in the United States and Canada. Advanced ticket sales open June 18.
Studio BONES is in charge of the animation production, while Eve is performing the movie’s theme song titled “Ao no Waltz” and insert song titled “Shinkai.” Josee, the Tiger and the Fish‘s staff includes Kōtarō Tamura (Noragami) as director, Sayaka Kuwamura (Strobe Edge live action movie) as scriptwriter, Nao Emoto (O Maidens in Your Savage Season manga) as original character designer/comic adapter, Iizuka Haruko (Little Busters!) as character designer and chief animation director, loundraw (Tsuki ga Kirei) as concept designer, and Evan Call (Violet Evergarden) as music composer.
The film was originally released on December 25, 2020, in Japan. It also received a Southeast Asia release by Singapore film distributor Purple Plan.
Seiko Tanabe published the original short story, also named Josee, The Tiger and the Fish, in 1984 before it became part of the short story collection of the same name, which launched in 1985. The short story inspired a 2003 live-action adaptation as well as a South Korean live-action adaptation titled Josée, which premiered on December 10 last year in South Korea. A manga adaptation by Nao Emoto also ran from January to October in Kadokawa’s Da Vinci magazine in 2020.
Funimation describes the series as:
With dreams of diving abroad, Tsuneo gets a job assisting Josee, an artist whose imagination takes her far beyond her wheelchair. But when the tide turns against them, they push each other to places they never thought possible, and inspire a love fit for a storybook.
Source: press release