Anticipated Anime Adaptation of ‘The Imaginary’ Sets Premiere Date

Anticipated Anime Adaptation of ‘The Imaginary’ Sets Premiere Date – It’s a relatively rare occurrence to see anime adaptations originating from Western source material. Nevertheless, there’s currently an animated film in the works based on the highly acclaimed novel ‘Imaginary,’ promising anime enthusiasts a truly unique experience.

‘Imaginary’ is a children’s novel of British origin, authored by A. F. Harrold and brought to life through illustrations by Emily Gravett. Since its initial publication in 2014, this novel has garnered critical acclaim from esteemed sources including The New York Times, The Guardian (in a child’s review section), Booklist, Financial Times, The Horn Book Magazine, and Kirkus Reviews, among others.

The book also earned prestigious recognition, winning both the British Book Design and Production Awards Children’s Trade Book Award and the British Book Design and Production Awards Book of the Year Award in 2015. Notably, Studio Ponoc is currently in the process of producing an animated movie adaptation of this novel titled ‘Yaneura no Rudger’ (Rudger in the Attic) in Japan.

The Imaginary Movie Release Date

As per the official Studio Ponoc website, the Imaginary movie is set to make its exclusive debut in Japan on December 15, 2023. This release date has been confirmed through the latest movie trailer.

Initially planned for a late 2022 release in the third quarter, the date was pushed back primarily due to the production team’s challenges in incorporating advanced techniques and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The movie is expected to have a global release in early 2024.

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The Imaginary Movie New Trailer

On August 21, Studio Ponoc revealed an exciting new 90-second trailer for the Imaginary movie. This visually stunning preview provided a sneak peek into the intricately crafted and animated world of the film, leaving anime enthusiasts filled with anticipation and excitement.

The Imaginary Movie Staff and Cast

The production of the movie is under the careful supervision of Studio Ponoc, led by director Yoshiyuki Momose. The film is being produced by Yoshiaki Nishimura, a distinguished figure known for his notable work on Studio Ghibli projects as well as Ponoc’s ‘Mary and the Witch’s Flower.’ The trailer has already provided a glimpse of their dedication to maintaining the highest standards of quality in the film.

The Imaginary Movie also boasts an impressive cast, entrusted with bringing the characters to life:

Voice Actor/ActressCharacter
Kokoro TeradaRudger
Rio SuzukiAmanda
Riisa NakaEmily
Sakura AndoLizzie
Takayuki YamadaJinzan
Atsuko TakahataDownbeat Grandma
Issey OgataMr. Bunting
Japanese Cast of Imaginary Movie

Plot of The Imaginary Movie

The movie centers around Amanda and her imaginary companion, Rudger, who is visible only to her. Their world is thrown into turmoil when Mr. Bunting, a hunter of imaginary friends, sets his sights on capturing Rudger. As Rudger embarks on a quest to save himself, he must navigate the real world and find Amanda before he fades away.

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With its enthralling storyline, memorable characters, and breathtaking animation, the ‘Imaginary’ movie promises to be a cinematic experience that no anime enthusiast should miss. As the release date draws near, fans are encouraged to stay tuned for further updates and announcements, ensuring they are ready to witness this extraordinary adaptation of a beloved literary treasure on the big screen.

Source: Studio Ponoc Official Website

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