Musical Anime Movie INU-OH Confirmed for 2022 release in the USA

Hideo Furukawa’s novel Heike Monogatari: INU-OH no Maki has received an anime adaptation which is ready for release in 2022! The official website of the anime film linked the trailer that dropped on July 27th 2021. The musical anime film is set to premiere at the 78th Venice International Film Festival and will also be the first 2D Japanese animation film to also be competing in the Horizons category.

The film has revealed an early 2022 release but has not specified date yet. The theatre release for the film was originally supposed to be in 2021 but has unfortunately been delayed.

INU-OH 2021 Official Trailer

Synopsis for the Film

The film has been licensed by GKIDS for distribution and has provided a synopsis:

INU-OH is born with unique physical characteristics, and the horrified adults cover every inch of his body with garments, including a mask on his face. One day, he meets a boy named Tomona, a blind biwa player, and as Tomona plays a delicate song of tangled fate, INU-OH discovers an incredible ability to dance.

INU-OH and Tomona become business partners and inseparable friends, using their creative gifts to survive on the margins of society, as song after song gain them notoriety and propel them to stardom. Through the songs, INU-OH mesmerizes his audiences on stage, and gradually begins to transform into someone of unequaled beauty. But why is Tomona blind? Why was INU-OH born with unique characteristics? It is a story about the friendship of INU-OH and Tomona, who dance and sing to get to the truth and break each other’s curse.

Masaaki Yuasa of Devilman Crybaby and Japan Sinks: 2020 fame is the director of the film. Taiyo Matsumoto has worked on character creation and original designs. Akiko Nogi, known for writing live-action films such as I am a Hero is going to be working on her first anime film with this release.

INU-OH will be voiced by Avu-Chan from the band Queen Bee and Tomona will be voiced by Mirai Moriyama! The 78th Venice International Film Festival will be held from September 1-11. The date of the premiere is not yet revealed. From the looks of it, another fantastic anime movie is making its way towards us.

The platforms for digital release will likely be announced in Winter 2022. Stay tuned for more news on your favourite anime titles and keep telling us all that you are planning to watch for Summer 2021!

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