Director Masaaki Yuasa’s Inu-Oh anime film is almost upon us, with the Japanese theatrical date locked in for May 28. The updated take on the historical legend looks as stylish as one would expect from Yuasa, and a new trailer shows more of its beautiful animation in action.
The first theatrical bonuses have also been announced, including a special booklet folded like a paper fan. Inu-Oh Otokosoko (Inu-Oh’s fairy tale) features new illustrations by character designer and legendary mangaka Taiyo Matsumoto, as well as a new story written by Tales of the Heike: INU-OH author Hideo Furukawa
Here’s a look at the bonus book:
Inu-Oh is born with unique physical characteristics, and the horrified adults cover every inch of his body with garments, including a mask on his face. One day, he meets a boy named Tomona, a blind biwa player, and as Tomona plays a delicate song of tangled fate, Inu-Oh discovers an incredible ability to dance. Inu-Oh and Tomona become business partners and inseparable friends, using their creative gifts to survive on the margins of society, as song after song gain them notoriety and propel them to stardom. Through the songs, Inu-Oh mesmerises his audiences on stage, and gradually begins to transform into someone of unequalled beauty. But why is Tomona blind? Why was Inu-Oh born with unique characteristics? It is a story about the friendship of Inu-Oh and Tomona, who dance and sing to get to the truth and break each other’s curse.
Via Comic Natalie