A film composed by legendary Kingdom Hearts composer Yoko Shimomura is coming to the Australian Japanese Film Festival (JFF).
Ancien and the Magic Tablet is a sci-fi anime film about an adventure bending the lines between reality and dreams. Three days before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, high schooler Kokone Morikawa is struggling to pay attention to her studies, dozing off and thinking about her mother who she never knew. Like her grades, her father’s mechanic business is suffering and the two barely talk anymore.
In her dreams however, Kokone is the sorceress princess Ancien of the whimsical kingdom of Heartland. Wielding a magic tablet, she can transform inanimate objects into living creatures, including toy cars and her toy dog, Joy. When her tablet is taken from her by an evil being called Collosus as her father is unexpectedly thrown in jail, Kokone’s worlds begin to merge as she finds the courage within her to search for a way to save her father.
Fans of the colourful and bizarre visuals of Shitoshi Kon’s Paprika and the linear art style of Mamoru Hosoda’s early works (Summer Wars, One Piece Movie 6: Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island, Digimon Adventure: Our War Game!) should keep an eye out for this. The film is produced by Production I.G. and animated by Signal. MD (Atom: The Beginning).
Kenji Kamiyama (Eden of the East, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Blood: The Last Vampire) directed the film with Redline and Appleseed XIII script writer Yoshiki Sakurai produced it. Kingdom Hearts and Final Fantasy XV composer Yoko Shimomura produced the film’s score with a theme performed by the voice of Kokone, Mitsuki Takahata.
Ancien and the Magic Tablet is one of two anime films announced at this year’s Japan Film Festival, including the beautiful coming of age tale, In This Corner of the World. The festival will be hosted by select cinemas around the country with further news on film schedules revealed tomorrow night at an information event at Sydney’s Japan Foundation.
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