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Studio Ponoc’s Modest Heroes Anime Anthology Brings Three Heroic Tales to Theaters

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There’s nothing quite like a quality anime anthology, and if there’s one group of creators you can count on to deliver, it’s Studio Ponoc. Founded by two-time Academy Award-nominee Yoshiaki Nishimura (The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, When Marnie Was There), Studio Ponoc’s latest is Modest Heroes: Ponoc Short Films Theatre, Volume 1, which weaves three thrilling tales together when it comes to U.S. theaters on January 10 and 12.

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Featuring the work of some of the greatest talents in the Japanese animation industry—including Yoshiyuki Momose, Akihiko Yamashita, and Mary and the Witch’s Flower director Hiromasa Yonebayashi—this anthology explores ideas of heroism in everyday life. Each director gets the chance to experiment with breathtaking visuals and concise human drama only possible in the short film format.

The shorts in question are Kanini & Kanino, Life Ain’t Gonna Lose, and Invisible. The gorgeous fantasy worlds on display aren’t just among the most effective means of conveying the importance of short stories, they demonstrate a truly exciting future for this young and ambitious anime studio.

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Featuring the voice of Maggie Q (Designated Survivor, Divergent) and more, Modest Heroes will be available to see on the big screen in both English and the original Japanese language. Subtitled screenings will be held on January 10, followed by dubbed screenings on January 12, and you can check local theaters and secure your tickets today.

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