The film is planned to be released in 2016.
As of the early morning of March 18 (JST), the crowdfunding for an anime feature project based on Fumiyo Kouno‘s award-winning manga Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni (In This Corner of the World or To All the Corners of the World) reached its goal of collecting over 20 million yen (165,600 US dollars) from around 1,700 supporters within 10 days since its launch on 9 March 2015. However, the project will continue for 72 more days till 29 May 2015 as scheduled originally.
The World War II manga tells a story of a family who lived in Kure-city, Hiroshima Prefecture, where was one of the areas destroyed by the atomic bomb dropped by U.S. forces. This award-winning story follows a bride named Suzu Urano as she preserves through World War II with pluck and determination.
The crowdfunding campaign offers six tiers of rewards from 2,000 yen (about US$17, with a member’s pin badge and aletter from the lead character Suzu) to 1,000,000 yen (about US$8,000 with the badge, the letter, an invitation to one of three production support member meetings in July, and a name listing in the ending credits).
The manga series won an Excellence Prize in the 13th Japan Media Arts Festival, and it already inspired a live-action television special starring Keiko Kitagawa as Suzu Urano in 2011. Last Gasp Publishing and jaPress released Kono’s manga Yunagi no Machi Sakura no Kuni in North America.
Personally, I can’t wait for this movie to be released. I will not read the manga and will wait for this movie because I know it will be epic.
Japan is the country I respect the most in the world. Because just like a phoenix it rose from the ashes –literally– and became the most sophisticated, advanced country in the world in every aspect even compared to other developed countries like USA, UK, Germany… etc.
It became all that without forsaking their own culture and beliefs that they had for centuries. It’s a country that respects its past enough not to let it define their future negatively but positively and push them further ahead as if they are in a world of their own.