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Japanese anime studio behind smash hit ‘Your Name’ sets its new film in mainland China

Following Your Name, the 2016 global blockbuster that is currently the highest-grossing anime film of all time, CoMix Wave Films, the Tokyo-based anime production studio behind the smash hit, announced its new anthology anime film, Shikioriori, on Monday, February 26. It consists of short stories set in three Chinese cities — Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou.

Based on the film’s teaser site, Shikioriori is produced in partnership with a Shanghai-based company called Haoliners Animation League, which, according to Crunchyroll, now produces almost half of China’s domestic animation since its establishment in 2013.

Shikioriori

Unlike the Japanese studio’s previous works, which were mostly directed by Makoto Shinkai, Shikioriori seems to have no relation to the acclaimed Japanese filmmaker. Instead, Li Haoling 李豪凌, the founder of Haoliners, serves as the general director and is responsible for “Shanghai Love,” the story set in Shanghai. The other two, “Sunny Breakfast” and “A Small Fashion Show,” are directed by Chinese comedian Yi Zhenxing 易振兴 and Japanese anime director Yoshitaka Takeuch, respectively.

Along with the announcement, the film also opened its official Twitter account, which posted three visually stunning images of the film artworks.

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Shikioriori is scheduled to release in Japan during the summer of 2018. As of now, there is no information about whether and when the film will be introduced to China.

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Jiayun Feng

Jiayun was born in Shanghai, where she spent her first 20 years and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism at Fudan University. Interested in writing for a global audience, she attended the NYU Graduate School of Journalism for its Global & Joint Program Studies, which allowed her to pursue a journalism career along with her interest in international relations. She has previously interned for Sixth Tone and Shanghai Daily.

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