Nikuko of the Fishing Harbor Film Adaptation (Video)

    Another day, another anime adaptation. Today we are talking about the anime film adaptation of Nikuko of the Fishing Harbor. You may be wondering why this opening is so curt. Truthfully, I don’t have much on this one. As in, I somehow have less than my usual “not much,” which I find strange because the novel has sold over 350,000 copies as of my writing. Perhaps you’ve read it?

    Normally I would be able to make jokes or non sequiturs based on plot. Normally you would also find the plot synopsis here. Unfortunately the best plot synopsis I can find is as follows: A mom and her daughter live on a boat. That’s it.

    The original novel cover.

    On a related note, I went digging through the publishers website in the hopes of finding a synopsis there, no luck. However, I did find anime Leo Tolstoy. Which means someone out there read Tolstoy’s works and thought to themselves, “yeah I can make a manga out of this”. I love Tolstoy. War and Peace is one of my father’s favorite books, and I am inclined to agree with him. Not exactly prime anime material.


    I also found a book series on “Yakuza leadership training”. Did not find the actual book I was looking for, but somehow found that.

    Anywho, the movie is being produced by Studio 4°C, a studio we should all be very familiar of. These people created my childhood. They are behind one of my favorite games of all time, Ace Combat 04. One of their most notable works is Children of the Sea, but the list is vast. This is one of those movies I have not seen, but you bet your ass I have a friend that will drag me out to see it as soon as they learn that. Please watch the trailer for it if you’re not familiar. God it’s gorgeous.

    Oh yeah! Trailers! Nikuko of the Fishing Harbor has a trailer of sorts. It’s a compilation of thumbnails mostly, with a still image at the end. But it does look lovely. And I can almost guarantee it will be.

    The reason I’m so sure of that is the fact most of the crew from Children of the Sea are also working on this. Of course the two people I want to harp on about are the director, Ayumu Watanabe, and the chief animation director, Kenichi Konishi. Mostly because, A) Same director from the previous movie which is nice, and B) Kenichi Konishi is a Studio Ghibli veteran who may have the best work history.


    I usually list movies because they interest me but I want to list this guys’ works just so you will be as impressed as I am. He has worked on Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Berserk, FLCL, Evangelion 2.0, Porco Rosso, the list just keeps going. The man is experienced. I am actually really excited for this movie’s release.

    If the movie looks anything like this, I will watch it for animation alone.

    As far as a release, we don’t have a date yet, but it is estimated to release in Japan in early summer. That’s really all the information we have. It looks lovely, that much is obvious, and I can always use another gorgeous film to watch. Hmm. Maybe I should go and watch Children of the Sea. I think I’ll go do that. Hype myself up even more for this Nikuko of the Fishing Harbor movie. 


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