Based off of the Naoki prize winning story by novelist Miyuki Miyabe! He's of average strength and below average courage! But the thoughts of this eleven-year-old boy are about to launch him into the adventure of his lifetime!
Brave Story is an expansive tale in two volumes and is the product of several years of work by popular author Miyuki Miyabe. Enjoyed by both children and adults alike, this fantasy story sold more than 420,000 copies following its launch in March last year. Well-known for titles that feature a unique fusion of 2D and 3DCG technologies, animation production company GONZO will bring this robust fantasy to life in a theatrical animation release. Up-and-coming director Koichi Chigira of LAST EXILE, Full Metal Panic! and Gatekeepers fame will make his theatrical directing debut with this title. It is planned to release the animation in summer 2006 and a worldwide release is under consideration.
Wataru, the main character, is a 10 year old 5th grade elementary school student . His grades are so-so and he is a meek and unassertive boy who is easily manipulated by girls. One day his father runs off with a mistress, leaving Wataru and his mother behind. In shock, his mother suffers an accident and is near death. Brokenhearted, Wataru goes inside a neighborhood building that is reputedly haunted. The building actually is the entrance to a delusional world called Vision, in which Wataru must master magic techniques and collect hidden treasures to meet a goddess, who, it is believed, can make wishes come true. Together with new friends he meets there, Wataru's magnificent journey through Vision begins. Adventure, friendship, growing up, family ties, love and magic: this fantasy includes everything viewers expect and can be enjoyed by a wide range of audiences. Nominated for Best Animated Film at the Japanese Academy Awards.
Animated by Studio Gonzo
Label: Optimum Asia Released: September 8th 2008 Classification: PG Running Time: tbc