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CONTRAIL, an animation production company based in Tokyo, has released the second production preview video for director Sunao Katabuchi‘s (Black Lagoon, In This Corner of the World) yet-titled latest anime film. The clip shows the film’s black-and-white storyboards and scenes from its production site.


The film will be produced by Katabuchi’s animation production company, CONTRAIL, with Chie Uratani (Hijikata Toshizo: Shiro no Kiseki) as assistant director, Masashi Ando (The Deer King) as animation director, and Toshiharu Mizutani (AKIRA) as art director. The character designer will be announced at a later date. Contrail is now hiring for experienced in-between animators, and this video is posted in conjunction with the recruitment call.


Katabushi says, “The path taken by Sei Shonagon and others is not a bright one, and the world around them is steep and harsh. What lies beyond these images? We would like to create it from now on.” Sei Shonagon (966-1025) was a Japanese author and poet during the middle Heian period, the author of Makura no Soushi (The Pillow Book), one of the representative works of Heian literature.



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Sources: CONTRAIL press release


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