Anime Studio CONTRAIL Releases New Video Teasing Sunao Katabuchi’s Latest Feature Film

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Animation studio CONTRAIL has released a new 90-second video teasing the production of Sunao Katabuchi’s latest upcoming feature film. News of the anime production was first revealed in March 2022 and will take place in Kyoto around Japan’s Heian period. 

The video starts with the production team lighting up a torch in the middle of the night. It then showcases some of the film’s early storyboard drafts and scenes that will eventually be animated in full. A working title for the project and more details about its story will be released at an unspecified later date. 

In a Twitter thread back in March, CONTRAIL explained that Katabuchi is creating a film that will show audiences what Japanese society was like back in the Heian period. He wanted to highlight various under-reported events during that time period, including the spread of plagues. 

Katabuchi’s spouse and frequent collaborator Chie Uratani (In This Corner of the World) is co-directing the anime film. Masashi Ando (The Deer King) will serve as chief animation director and Toshiharu Mizutani (Mewkledreamy) is the art director. CONTRAIL is handling the film’s animation production. 

CONTRAIL was first established in September 2019 by Sunao Katabuchi for the purpose of making his future works. The animation studio is financially backed by studio MAPPA, with Manabu Ootsuka serving as the company’s representative director. The animation studio strives to create animated works that will be loved by people for a long time. 

Source: Studio CONTRAIL YouTube channel

William Moo is a freelance writer who has previously written for OTAQUEST and MANGA.TOKYO. He enjoys watching lots of anime every season and reading from time to time. You can follow him on Twitter @thewriterSITB.
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