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GKIDS Acquires Masaaki Yuasa’s Ride Your Wave Anime Film

If you’ve been looking forward to director Masaaki Yuasa’s acclaimed Ride Your Wave anime film, GKIDS has you covered theatrically. The distributor locked down the North American rights for the feature, with a theatrical release planned for early next year.

This marks GKIDS’ fourth Yuasa film release, following Mind GameThe Night is Short, Walk on Girl, and Lu Over the Wall. Here’s how they describe it:

From visionary director Masaaki Yuasa (The Night is Short, Walk on Girl, Devilman Crybaby) comes a deeply emotional new film that applies his trademark visual ingenuity to a tale of romance, grief and self-discovery.

Hinako is a surf-loving college student who has just moved to a small seaside town. When a sudden fire breaks out at her apartment building, she is rescued by Minato, a handsome firefighter, and the two soon fall in love. Just as they become inseparable, Minato loses his life in an accident at sea. Hinako is so distraught that she can no longer even look at the ocean, but one day she sings a song that reminds her of their time together, and Minato appears in the water. From then on, she can summon him in any watery surface as soon as she sings their song, but can the two really remain together forever? And what is the real reason for Minato’s sudden reappearance?

Stay tuned for more details on the film’s theatrical plans!