It was revealed during the MAPPA STAGE 2023 event that the talented director Sunao Katabuchi will be bringing us The Mourning Children: Nagiko and the Girls Wearing Tsurubami Black (Tsurubami-Iro no Nagiko-tachi). How cool does that sound?

Now let me give you some more details. The musical mastermind behind the film's soundtrack will be none other than Akira Senju, known for his fantastic compositions in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and Mobile Suit Victory Gundam. With his magical touch, the music in this film is sure to be something very special.

But wait, there's more! A promotional video was released, giving us a sneak peek behind the scenes of the film's production. And to top it off, a brand-new promotional image was also shared. How's that for a tantalizing tease?

Now, here's a little backstory for you. The director himself, Sunao Katabuchi, founded Contrail Studios back in September 2019 with the sole purpose of bringing this amazing feature film to life. Katabuchi has been planning this project since 2017, and although Contrail didn't start assembling its production team until January 2020, the wait will definitely be worth it.

It's worth mentioning that Contrail Studios has a special relationship with MAPPA, as Manabu Ohtsuka serves as both the representative director of Contrail and the executive director of MAPPA. It's like a creative family affair!

Now, let's talk about Sunao Katabuchi's impressive resume. He's the mastermind behind award-winning films such as In This Corner of the World and Mai-Mai Miracle. Plus, he collaborated with the incredible Madhouse Studios on the anime adaptation of Black Lagoon. Talk about talent!

Sunao Katabuchi

Production team

The film is in good hands with Sunao Katabuchi leading the way as the director at Contrail Studios. Assisting him is the talented Chie Uratani, known for her work on Hijikata Toshizo: Shiro no Kiseki, Princess Arete, and Ushiro no Shōmen Daare. And let's not forget about the animation direction, which will be skillfully handled by the amazing Masashi Andou, who has worked on beloved films like Your Name, Spirited Away, and Princess Mononoke. Toshiharu Mizutani, known for his contributions to Akira, Children of the Whales, Banana Fish, and Little Busters!, will take charge of the art direction.

  • Sunao Katabuchi (Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni, Mai Mai Shinko to Sennen no Mahou) is in charge of directing the feature film at the studios Contrail with the assistance of Chie Uratani (Hijikata Toshizo: Shiro no Kiseki, Princess Arete, Ushiro no Shōmen Daare).
  • Masashi andou (Kimi no Na wa, Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi, Mononoke Hime) is in charge of the animation direction.
  • Toshiharu Mizutani (Akira, Children of the Whales, Banana Fish, Little Busters!) is in charge of the art direction.


So, keep your eyes peeled for more updates on The Mourning Children: Nagiko and the Girls Wearing Tsurubami Black. It's a film that promises to touch your heart and transport you to a world of emotion and wonder. Get ready to be captivated!

Source: Comic Natalie

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