GKIDS took to Twitter today to announce that they acquired the rights to upcoming film Children of the Sea. As of press time, no further details have been announced.
Children of the Sea opens in Japan on June 7.
Ayumu Watanabe (After the Rain, Space Brothers) will direct the project at Studio 4°C, with Kenichi Konishi (The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, Tokyo Godfathers) filling the dual role of character designer and animation director. Joe Hisaishi (Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away) will score the film’s soundtrack.
Other confirmed crew members include:
- Art Director: Shinji Kimura
- CGI Director: Kenichiro Akimoto
- Color Key: Miyuki Itou
- Sound Director: Koji Kasamatsu
- Producer: Eiko Tanaka
The confirmed voice cast includes:
- Umi: Hiiro Ishibashi
- Ruka: Mana Ashida
- Sora: Airu Kubodzuka
- Dede: Sumiko Fuji
- Masaaki Yasumi: Goro Inagaki
- Kanako Yasumi: Yuu Aoi
- Sensei: Toru Watanabe
Daisuke Igarashi’s Children of the Sea manga launched in the pages of Shogakukan’s Ikki magazine in 2006. The series, which spans five compiled volumes, ran through 2012.
Viz Media currently holds the rights to Children of the Sea, which they describe as:
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.
Source: Twitter (GKIDSFilms)