The ongoing COVID-19 outbreak has seen multiple anime films delayed. Last week, the latest film to join that list was Nakitai Watashi wa Neko o Kaburu, also known as A Whisker Away, the upcoming original from studio Colorido and writer Mari Okada.
Now Neko is making the leap to digital distribution via Netflix. That’s the word from Netflix’s official anime account, which included a statement from voice actor Natsuki Hanae, who plays Kento in the film.
“While it’s sad the film won’t be in theaters, I think it’s a good thing that it’ll be able to reach many people who are in their homes due to the current situation.”
— Netflix Japan Anime (@NetflixJP_Anime) April 30, 2020
Nakitai Watashi wa Neko o Kaburu was originally set to hit theaters June 5. Here’s the good news for international anime fans: Anime News Network is reporting that the film is now set for worldwide distribution on Netflix starting June 18.
The film is about a young girl who has a crush on a classmate and tries to get closer to him by putting on a magical mask that transforms her into a cat. It’s co-directed by Junichi Sato (Princess Tutu) and Tomotaka Shibayama (Blue Exorcist animation director).
The film’s two main characters, the cat-transforming Miyo “Muge” Sasaki and her crush, Kento Hinode, are played by Mirai Shida and Natsuki Hanae, respectively.
The music video for the film’s theme song, performed by Yorushika, was released last week.
Source: Netflix, ANN