Acclaimed director Masaaki Yuasa (Mind Game, Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!) has one more anime film ready to go before retirement, and INU-OH looks like a fantastic sendoff. The Science SARU production is currently set for a Summer 2022 debut in Japan, and the latest key visual offers another colorful look at what’s to come.
INU-OH premiered in North America at the Toronto International Film Festival, and GKIDS aims to give the film its English theatrical run sometime after Japan. Here’s the official synopsis:
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 mesmerizes his audiences on stage, and gradually begins to transform into someone of unequaled 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.