Pompo: The Cinephile, a movie about making movies, was one of the best anime films of 2021, so I’m happy to hear that the team behind it is reuniting for a new film.
That includes director Takayuki Hirao, character designer Shingo Adachi, composer Kenta Matsukuma and the animation studio CLAP.
The project is currently untitled, but the project code is WASTED CHEF. Sounds awesome.
More info may be revealed at Anime Expo, where Hirao will be on-site for a Q&A following a screening of Pompo: The Cinephile. Here’s how GKIDS describes Pompo:
Pompo is a talented and gutsy producer in “Nyallywood,” the movie-making capital of the world. Although she’s known for B-movies, one day Pompo tells her movie-loving but apprehensive assistant Gene that he will direct her next script: a delicate drama about a tormented artistic genius, starring the legendary and Brando-esque actor Martin Braddock, and a young actress seeking her first break. But when the production heads towards chaos, can Gene rise to Pompo’s challenge, and succeed as a first-time director?
Directed by veteran animator Takayuki Hirao and produced by brand-new animation studio CLAP, Pompo the Cinephile is a rollicking, exuberant ode to the power of the movies, and the joys and heartbreak of the creative process, as a new director and his team devote their lives to the pursuit of a “masterpiece.”