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Ponoc’s The Imaginary Film Coming to Netflix

Ponoc’s The Imaginary Film Coming to NetflixThe Imaginary, the latest film from Studio Ponoc, is coming to the ‘flix. The latest film from the studio founded by Ghibli alum producer Yoshiaki Nishimura and directed by Yoshiyuki Momose (Ni no Kuni) was released in Japanese theaters last month.

An exact streaming date has not been set, but the film will appear on the service sometime this year.

According to Animation Scoop, this is the first part of a multi-picture deal between Ponoc and Netflix.

A statement from Nishimura reads: “Studio Ponoc is thrilled to bring our storytelling and innovative hand-drawn, hand-painted animated films to all audiences, and in particular to children and their families to enjoy together, around the world on Netflix.”

The Imaginary is based on a children’s novel by A.F. Harrold, illustrated by Emily Gravett. Here’s the official description:

Studio Ponoc’s The Imaginary portrays the depths of humanity and creativity through the eyes of young Amanda and her imaginary companion, Rudger. Their fantastical adventures launched from her attic, lead them to discover a magical world of creatures and places never before seen until a sinister force threatens to destroy their imaginary world and the friendship within it. Directed by renowned animator Yoshiyuki Momose (Spirited Away), The Imaginary is an unforgettable adventure of love, loss, and the healing power of imagination.

Sources: Animation Scoop, Variety

Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.