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Shinichiro Watanabe’s New Short Will Play at Canadian Film Festival

Cowboy Bebop director Shinichiro Watanabe has written and directed a new animated short called “A Girl Meets a Boy and a Robot.” It will be shown on July 23 at the 26th Fantasia International Film Festival, located in Montreal, Canada. This is a segment of a bigger Chinese anthology project known as TAISU, which involves talents from China, Japan and America.

A trailer has been released for us to check out.

The Fantasia International Film Festival gave this description of the short:

“A girl without memory wanders the ruined wastes of the world that once was, where the remnants of automated technology blindly continue to function despite their human masters being (almost) all gone. She comes across a friendly but likewise amnesiac robot, and the two travel into the city, where they meet a brave youth living a feral existence. He seeks the Crystal of Time, to connect with the forgotten past, but unbeknownst to all the forlorn trio, the truth is right there among them.

Directed by the celebrated Shinichiro Watanabe, the wizard who brought us the anime classics COWBOY BEBOP, SAMURAI CHAMPLOO and SPACE DANDY, this sentimental sliver of the apocalypse marks a dramatic change in visual style for him. It’s also the debut of a promising new animation anthology project called TAISU, a Chinese production telling four interlinked tales of animated sci-fi by directors from Japan, China and USA.”

It’s being executive produced by Sun Bingbing and produced by Satoru Aoki. Koichi Yamadera, Misaki Kuno, Yuma Uchida are the cast members listed.

This isn’t the only thing going on at the festival that would interest otaku. It will additionally play The Girl from the Other Side: Siúil, a Rún, INU-OH, The Mole Song: Final, Kappei, and Anime Supremacy!

The Fantasia International Film Festival begins today and lasts until August 3.

Source: ANN

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