The Children of the Sea manga from Daisuke Igarashi was revealed last summer to be making the leap to anime with a theatrical film with a planned June 7th, 2019 debut in Japanese. As it’s just over a week away the marketing machine is definitely ramping up. A welcome twist has come into the marketing in that an anime music video was released that gives us the theme song “Umi no Yurei” from Kenshi Yonezu in full while playing lots of beautiful clips from the film. It’s definitely a great way to “sell” the film to potential viewers.
Ayumu Watanabe is directing and character designs are by Kenichi Konishi. Studio 4°C is on board to handle the production for it.
GKIDS revealed earlier this year that they’ll be handling North American distribution for it with plans for a theatrical release later this year with both Japanese and English showings planned for it.
The Japanese cast includes Hiiro Ishibashi as Umi, Mana Ashida as Ruka, Seishu Uragami as Sora, Sumiko Fuji as Dede, Goro Inagaki as Masaaki Azumi, Yuu Aoi as Kanako Azumi, Toru Watanabe, Min Tanaka as Jim, and Win Morisaki as Anglade
Plot Concept: 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.