Animator Kazuchika Kise turns to directing with “Tansu Warashi”

Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.

Kazuchika Kise, a leading animator whose credits include “Innocence: Ghost in the Shell 2” and the “Neon Genesis Evangelion” series, makes his directorial debut with the short anime film “Tansu Warashi” (“Drawer Hobs”), set for release in spring 2011.

Kise conceived the original story and designed the characters based on drawings by Ryo Hirata.

The short film was produced by animation studio Production I.G Inc.

“Tansu Warashi” is one of four animated shorts produced under the government-commissioned project to foster young animators.

The anime will be aired on television in 2011 and shown at the Wald 9 cinema complex in Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ward and eight other theaters from March 5 to 11.

The piece features cute characters and a heartwarming story: Noeru, a single woman who works in an office, lives in an aging wooden apartment building in the city.

One day, she receives a large, old “tansu” chest of drawers from her mother. Unbeknownst to her, the chest is home to six mythical child-goblins, known in Japanese folklore as “zashiki warashi.” They proceed to make her life much more interesting.

“Tansu Warashi” features slapstick humor in this surreal fantasy about daily life. Kise’s new film is sure to earn much applause. See (

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