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Netflix Anime Film Bubble Is Bursting with Anime Greats

Bubble features talent from across the world of anime

Later this month, we’ll get to see Bubble: Studio WIT’s parkour-full anime film set in a ruined Tokyo. The gravity-bending flick introduces a boy named Hibiki to Uta, a mysterious girl whose presence could change the entire world.

If you haven’t heard about it yet, you might want to give it a look. Because this movie features the talent behind some of the biggest, most popular anime and manga of recent years. For starters, composer Hiroyuki Sawano (Attack on Titan, Kill la Kill) wrote the music. And it just gets bigger from there:


The Director of Attack on Titan

An overgrown Tokyo as seen in Bubble

If you’ve been following anime at all closely the last few years, you’ve probably heard of WIT Studio. The Production I.G. offshoot rose to fame after working on the first three seasons of Attack on Titan. Leading the charge before the show switched to MAPPA was Tetsuro Araki. Who also happens to be the director of Bubble.

Araki’s work also includes Death Note, Highschool of the Dead, and Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress. That’s a pretty wide range of vibes, but they’re all chock full of visually impressive moments. We’re looking forward to seeing how this film’s parkour action shakes out under Araki’s directorial hand.


The Writer of Madoka Magica

Uta reflected

Gen Urobuchi is so infamous for his… themes… that the Madoka Magica ad campaigns omitted all mention of his name. Basically, his involvement would have given the game away. Knowing he’s the writer for Bubble means we’re looking forward to a really twisty-turny story: something with heart and darkness.

Urobuchi has a hell of a CV, including the infamous visual novel Saya no Uta, Nasuverse series Fate/Zero, and the three Godzilla anime films. He’s also doing the new anime adaptation of RWBY: news which definitely causes an emotion. (Probably the emotion we would have felt hearing in advance that he wrote Madoka.) Be ready for anything.


The Artist of Death Note

Uta floats

Araki is clearly calling back some tried-and-true favorites of his own. He worked with Sawano on Attack on Titan, for one. For another, the character designer for the film is Takeshi Obata: the original manga artist for Death Note, collaborating with writer Tsugumi Ohba.

Obata has done plenty of other titles besides Death Note, but that is kind of the one we all jump to. But he and Ohba also did Bakuman and Platinum End. Obata also drew the manga adaptation of All You Need Is Kill, the light novel that became the film Edge of Tomorrow.

Hang on tight, because Bubble comes to Netflix on April 28.

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Kara Dennison

Kara Dennison is a writer, editor, and presenter with bylines at Crunchyroll, Sci-Fi Magazine, Sartorial Geek, and many others. She is a contributor to the celebrated Black Archive line, with many other books, short stories, and critical works to her name.