‘Towanoquon’ 1st episode in theaters June 18

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

“Towanoquon,” a six-part anime series produced by Bones Inc., opens in cinemas in major cities on June 18, the official website said this month.

The six episodes will be released once a month for the next six months, the website said.

The “Towanoquon” storyline involves a boy named Quon and other characters who have supernatural powers. Other details, such as the cast and production staff members and advance ticket sales, were also posted on the website.

The news was to have been announced March 13 at the “G Festival x Emotion Festival 2011” event in Tokyo. After the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that devastated northeastern Japan, however, organizer Bandai Visual Co. called off the event.

Director Umanosuke Iida (“Mobile Suit Gundam”) was at the helm of the production until he died last November. Takeshi Mori has stepped in as collaborative director.

Toshihiro Kawamoto is the character designer and also oversees animation, while the script is by Saizo Nemoto, who is also chief of story composition. The soundtrack is by Kenji Kawai.

Voice actor Hiroshi Kamiya plays the role of Quon. The star-studded voice cast also includes Kaori Nazuka, Ryoko Shiraishi, Saori Hayami, Chiaki Omigawa, Tatsuhisa Suzuki, Miyu Irino, Mikako Komatsu, Toru Okawa, Kosuke Toriumi, Minako Kotobuki, Joji Nakata and Shinichiro Miki.

A 30-second teaser trailer is now available on the website. The series will be shown at the Wald 9 cinema complex in Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ward, and in theaters in Nagoya, Osaka, Fukuoka and Sapporo.

Recent trends are for medium-length anime films to go straight to cinema, instead of first airing on television.

The “Towanoquon” project ambitiously aims to release an episode a month for six months.

In a new advanced ticket option, tickets that include an IC-card sticker will go on sale March 28 at 1,000 yen ($12), including tax.

On April 28, an advance ticket that includes a limited-edition DVD will be available at 2,000 yen.

The advance tickets are good for entry to one of the first three episodes.

Advance tickets for the last three episodes go on sale June 18.

See (http://www.towanoquon.com) and (http://towanoquon.at.webry.info/).

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