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GKIDS Adds ‘Nikuko of the Fishing Harbor’ Anime DVD/BD Preorder Trailer

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The film finds a home in North America!
© 2021 Nikuko Of The Fishing Harbor Production Committee

The folks at Studio 4°C have a new project that came out earlier this summer with the anime adaptation of Gyoko no Nikuko-san, which translates as Nikuko of the Fishing Harbor. It’s based on the novel of the same name by Kanako Nishi which has 350,000 copies in print since its debut in 2014. The project saw a formal premiere date of June 11th, 2021.

Back in November 2021, the folks at GKIDS revealed their pickup of it as Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko with plans for a theatrical release. The distributor recently revealed a limited theatrical run for it that will began on June 3rd, 2022. They also set up the home video side of it as well as theatrical release windows continue to shrink. The subtitled-only film is set for a July 19th, 2022 debut through Shout! Factory. With it closing in, they’ve now dropped a new promotional trailer for that release.

It’ll be priced at $26.98 and include:

  • Making Of
  • Film Completion Press Conference
  • Official Premiere Event
  • Sanma Akashiya Birthday Event
  • Guest Speaker Event
  • Trailers

Subtitles include English and Spanish options.

“We’re thrilled to work with director Ayumu Watanabe and creative producer Sanma Akashiya on a film that puts their unique artistry and talents on full display,” said GKIDS’ president David Jesteadt said at the time of acquisition. “Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko is a big-hearted coming-of-age story with unforgettable characters and a poignant mix of comedy and drama that is sure to leave an impact on audiences here next year.”

“To everyone in the United States! This is terrific news! I am very excited that this film will be shown to you all,” said director Ayumu Watanabe when GKIDS acquired the film. “Occasionally, I feel that I am inspired by the art that is American entertainment,” said Wantanabe. “It’s a great story that makes you perceive the power of entertainment. It had a substantial influence on the spirit of this movie. It would be nice if that’s conveyed to you all!”

We previously learned that Shinobu Otake will be playing the lead character of Nikuko, Cocomi as Kikuko, Natsuki Hanae has joined as Ninomiya, and Hiro Shimono as the lizard and gecko. Additional casting includes Ikuji Nakamura as Sassan, Riho Yoshioka as Miu, Matsuko Deluxe as Darcia, Atsushi Yamanishi, Yuichi Yasoda, and Izumi Ishii as Maria,

The feature film is directed by Ayumu Watanabe based on the screenplay by Satomi Ooshima. Kenichi Konishi is on board as the chief animation director and working as the character designer with Studio 4°C handling the production.

Check out the official site and Twitter.

Plot Concept: The story tells the tale of a mother named Nikuko and her daughter, Kikuko, who live on a boat. The novel follows their paths in life and their growth.

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