Gyoko no Nikuko-chan is a much-awaited anime film of 2021. With an impactful cast and staff members (read below), the film is sure to be a favorite among fans. What’s more, Kurumi Inagaki (the 10-year-old singer) lends her voice to the theme song, ‘Image no Uta.’
Studio 4°C (Children of the Sea, Harmony, etc.) adapted the anime film. It is going to premiere on 11 June 2021, in Japan while the world premiere date is yet to be announced. It is a Japanese Novel written by Manalo Nishi and published by Gentosha (2014 April).
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About Gyoko no Nikuko-chan
Gyoko no Nikuko-chan follows the story of a mother and daughter duo living in a boat. It is pretty much a slice-of-life film, based on a small fishing town. It takes us on a journey through their life and their different paths.
The characters are interesting in themselves and are told from the perspective of Kikuko. This approach imbues life and depth to the mundane lives of the very common people.
- Nikuko: Shinobu Otake
- Kikuko: Cocomi
- Ninomiya: Natsuki Hanae
- Sassan: Ikuji Nakamura
- Miu: Riho Yoshioka
- Darcia: Matsuoka Deluxe
- Yuichi Yasuda: Atsushi Yamanishi
- Maria: Izumi Ishii
- Lizard/Gecko: Hiro Shimono
Staff of Gyoko no Nikuko-chan
- Director: Ayumu Watanabe
- Script: Satomi Ooshima
- Character Design, Chief Animation: Kenichi Konishi
- Production: Sanma Akashiya
The staff and cast members are well-known names in the anime and manga industry. Most of them are recognizable by frequent anime film and series fans. The cast and staff are packed with a lot of potential. We look forward to seeing the film as and when it is made available worldwide.
About the Music Video of Gyoko no Nikuko-chan
The film has also just revealed a new music video for “Image no Uta.” The song is in fact the debut single of the singer and composer Takuro Yoshida (Jun– Cromartie High School).
The music video is like a timelapse series of montages of the everyday life of the mother-daughter duo. It starts with Miu and a young Nikuko, who is easily deceived by the promises of love. Time cuts to Nikuko and her own daughter Kikuko leading a calm and peaceful life. Kikuko also grows up eventually and it is as much about her as it is about her mother.
Little things such as eating good food or Nikuko working in the Yakiniku shop; Sassan (the owner) looking at them with paternal affection etc. sets the tone for the music video. The MV reflects the theme of the movie by magnifying the nuances that make life peaceful and beautiful. It is indeed a reflection of the everyday life of a small and peaceful fishing town.
Do check it out to get a glimpse of their world!