The American film distributor GKIDS reported on Tuesday that it will screen Studio 4°C’s anime film of Daisuke Igarashi’s Children of the Sea manga in select U.S. theaters in April.
GKIDS and Fathom Events will screen the Children of the Sea film in Japanese with English captions on April 20, and with an English dub on April 22. GKIDS will start the film‘s limited theatrical sudden spike in demand for April 24. The film will likewise screen in Canada on April 22-23. GKIDS released an English-subtitled trailer, you can check it out below:
The film opened in Japan in June 2019 and positioned at #5 in its opening end of the week. The film earned a combined aggregate of 316,860,800 yen (about US$2.95 million) as of June 23.
The film screened at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival in June in the celebration’s new Contrechamp class. The anime screened in rivalry for The Ottawa International Animation Festival’s (OIAF) Grand Prize for Features grant in September. The film was submitted for thought in the Animated Feature Film classification for the 92nd Academy Awards, however no anime films got selections.
The film is based on Daisuke Igarashi’s manga with the same name:
Viz Media published the manga in English and it portrays it:
When Ruka was younger, she saw a ghost in the water at the aquarium where her dad works. Now she feels drawn toward the aquarium and the two mysterious boys she meets there, Umi and Sora. They were raised by dugongs and hear the same strange calls from the sea as she does.
Ruka’s dad and the other adults who work at the aquarium are only distantly aware of what the children are experiencing as they get caught up in the mystery of the worldwide disappearance of the oceans’ fish.