This year’s Annecy International Animation Film Festival announced on Tuesday that both Atsuko Ishizuka and Madhouse‘s Goodbye, Don Glees! anime film and Shinya Kawatsura and david production‘s The House of the Lost on the Cape film are screening in competition at this year’s event in the Official Feature Films category.
Goodbye, Don Glees! opened on February 18. The story centers on two boys named Rōma and Toto. The boys meet when Rōma moves from Tokyo to the countryside, which he cannot grow accustomed to. But when he meets Toto, they become a duo, naming themselves “Don Glees.” Eventually, Toto was supposed to move out to Tokyo for school, but on the summer of their first year of high school, they meet Drop, a new addition to Don Glees, who invites them to “view the world from above.” When Rōma and Toto follow Drop, they become involved in a forest fire that gets blamed on them, and go off in search of a missing drone that has evidence of their innocence. A small incident becomes an important, life-changing journey that culminates in Iceland.
Ishizuka (A Place Further Than the Universe, No Game, No Life Zero, The Pet Girl of Sakurasou) directed the anime and penned the script, and Takahiro Yoshimatsu (A Place Further Than the Universe, Hunter × Hunter, Trigun) designed the characters. Kadokawa is distributing the film.
The film is Ishizuka’s first original anime film. Ishizuka commented that the film is set in Iceland, saying that “after reaching Antarctica” in her previous anime A Place Further Than the Universe, she opened a map and looked for the opposite extreme from Antarctica.
The House of the Lost on the Cape opened in August 2021. The story centers around a traditional Japanese house named “Mayoiga” (named after the Japanese folkloric concept of an abandoned yet well-kept home) from where one can see the sea and feel the touch of warmth and nostalgia. Here, a 17-year-old girl named Yui who is trying to find her place in the world begins a new life with people completely unrelated to her.
Shinya Kawatsura (Non Non Biyori, Sagrada Reset, Kokoro Connect) directed the anime at david production, and Reiko Yoshida (K-ON!, Violet Evergarden, Liz and the Blue Bird) penned the script. Kamogawa handled the film’s character design, and Yuri Miyauchi composed the music.
The first episode of Shingo Natsume and Madhouse‘s original science-fiction anime Sonny Boy is also screening in competition in the TV Films category. Other Japanese works in competition include Yoriko Mizushiri’s “Fuan na Tai” (“Anxious Body”), Atsushi Wada’s Hantō no Tori (“Bird in the Peninsula”), Honami Yano’s “Honekami” (“A Bite of Bone”), and Ryō Hirano‘s “KRASUE” in the Official Short Films category; and Koji Yamamura‘s “Hokkyoku-Guma Suggoku Hima” (“Polar Bear Bears Boredom”) in the Young Audiences Short Films category.
Established in 1960, Annecy is the world’s oldest and largest animation film festival. This year’s event will run from June 13-18 in the French town of the same name.
Sources: Annecy International Animation Film Festival’s website, Eiga Natalie