Kurayukaba, Kuramerukagari Anime Films Announce Theme Song Artists, Extra Cast
The crew behind Shigeyoshi Tsukahara and Twiflo’s original full-length anime movie project, Kurayukaba and its novel spinoff feature-length anime film, Kuramerukagari, announced the artists for the theme songs and added to the cast lineup. The theme song “Naisho no Uta” for Kurayukaba will be performed by Charan-Po-Rantan. Meanwhile, Masayoshi Ōishi will deliver the theme song “Bokura no Hakoniwa” for Kuramerukagari.
The latest additions to the cast includes (pictured above from left to right):
- Yuki Sakakihara as Yūya, a youngster who earns a living selling maps
- Takeo Ōtsuka performs Iseya, a young adult who operates a rental bookstore while serving as a information merchant
- As Eiwa-jima, the enforcer and representative of the Komainu Yuryo Shokai store, Yoshimasa Hosoya has been cast
- Nanako Mori plays the role of Shiina, a special agency’s investigator
- Aoi Yūki has been cast as Ameya, a source who shares a close bond with Shiina and works as an amezaiku vendor
Kurayukaba and Kuramerukagari are set to open in theaters in Japan on April 12.
The team behind Kurayukaba describes the film as follows:
“Taking place in the mysterious atmosphere of the purple smoke where dreams flicker and rumors swirl around the town, detective Soutarou takes on an investigate into a “mass disappearance” incident that has puzzled society. With no witnesses and murky motives, the detective confronts the identity of the “ominous tracks” that keep appearing. He probes further into the underground of the town known as “Kuragari”. Here, he meets the black iron armored train and its commander, Tanne, which will significantly shift the fate of the detective!”
The movie features the following stars:
- Soutarou, played by Kanda Hakusan
- Tanne, portrayed by Tomoyo Kurosawa
- The character Saki is played by Yū Serizawa
- The role of the Command Team Leader is taken on by Setsuji Satoh
- Matsui, portrayed by Shō Karino
- Inarizaka, enacted by Raikō Sakamoto
The repertoire of Tsukahara includes his work on “The Man Traveling with the Brocade Portrait”, “Joseito”, “Hashi no Mukou”, and also his collaboration on SEKAI NO OWARI’s live concert anime and set design. Tsukahara made his debut as a full-length director with the anime at Makaria and is also responsible for the original story and screenplay. The character designs were handled by Kazunori Minagawa, who was an animation director on several well-known anime series such as Macross Delta, Tokyo Ravens, Yuruyuri, and Code Geass: Akito the Exiled.
maxcaffy oversaw the digital character manipulation while the animation was supervised by Chōta Akatsuki. Art responsibilities were taken on by Pochi and Kentarō Ōnuki served as the art director. Eriko Kimura handled sound direction and the sound effects were the responsibility of Katsuhiro Nakano, with Tohokushinsha overseeing the sound production. Furthermore, Akatsuki composed the soundtrack and Team OneOne produced the animation.
The motion picture was chosen as the Best Animated Feature in the Audience Awards category at the 27th Annual Fantasia International Film Festival in August. In addition, the film has been selected as an entrant in this year’s Niigata International Animation Film Festival, scheduled to take place from March 15-20.
The team behind Kuramerukagari describe the film as follows:
“The story interweaves both people and a town. A coal mining town crammed with small-scale diggers, popularly known as the “Hakoniwa”. In this town, which alters daily into a labyrinth, there’s a girl named Kagari who operates a mapmaking business and a boy named Yuya who dreams of escaping the “Hakoniwa”. Eventually, these two along with the unique townsfolk find themselves embroiled in a conspiracy that threatens to shake the entire town. The fate of the “Hakoniwa” depends on the map drawings of Kagari.”
For the film, Tsukahara is credited with original work, screenplay and directing. Ryohgo Narita, of Baccano! and Durarara!! fame, is recognized for the original concept. Animation production is handled by Team OneOne and the role of Kagari is played by Ayane Sakura.
The Kurayukaba movie project initiated its first crowdfunding campaign from December 2018 to February 2019 to fund the pilot film. By the time of the campaign end, it had accumulated a total of 6,901,864 yen (roughly US$63,000) from 397 contributors, exceeding its target of 2,500,000 yen (about US$22,100) by a whopping 276%. This also meant that the campaign attained its 4,000,000 yen (roughly US$35,300) stretch goal for creating a one-minute video (initial target was for a 30-second video).
Kuramerukagari, on the other hand, is an adaptation of Ryohgo Narita’s novella. It was made available for backers who pledged at the “Rental Shop” level (12,000 yen or about US$110).
The official Twin Engine’s Motion Gallery started its crowdfunding campaign in April 2020, looking to gather 20 million yen (approximately US$188,000) to fund a film of a minimum 40 minutes in length. When the campaign closed in August 2020, it accumulated 8,798,500 yen (roughly US$79,513).