GKIDS has acquired North American rights from Asmik Ace to Masaaki Yuasa’s musical animation Inu-Oh, recently presented as a work in progress at Annecy.
The film tells the story of the friendship between the legendary 14th century Noh performer Inu-Oh, and the blind Biwa player Tomona, who rise from hardship to stardom through their creative partnership.
The film features character creation from manga artist Taiyo Matsumoto (Tekkonkinkreet), who previously collaborated with Yuasa on the anime adaptation of Matsumoto’s series Ping Pong The Animation.
Eunyoung Choi of Science SARU and Fumie Takeuchi of Asmik Ace served as producers.
Inu-Oh marks GKIDS’ fifth title from Msaaki Yuasa after Lu Over The Wall, The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl, Mind Game, and Ride Your Wave.
GKIDS plans a 2021 theatrical release.