Taiwanese film distributor Cai Chang Asia announced on Thursday that it will screen the anime film of Seiko Tanabe's short story Josee to Tora to Sakana-tachi (Josee, The Tiger and the Fish) in Taiwan on December 25, the same day it will open in Japan. Cai Chang Asia is streaming a Chinese-subtitled trailer for the film.
The film was delayed from its scheduled summer opening in Japan due to the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
The film's cast includes (Note: character name romanizations are not confirmed.):
The cast also includes Chiemi Matsutera as Chizu Yamamura, Josee's grandmother.
The story centers on the relationship between Tsuneo and Josee. Tsuneo is a university student, and Josee is a young girl who has rarely gone out of the house by herself due to her being unable to walk. The two meet when Tsuneo finds Josee's grandmother taking her out for a morning walk.
Kotaro Tamura (Noragami, Noragami Aragoto) is directing the anime. Nao Emoto (O Maidens in Your Savage Season) drew the original characters designs, and Haruko Iizuka (Tamayura, Children of the Whales, Endro~!) is designing those characters for animation, as well as serving as chief animation director. Sayaka Kuwamura (Strobe Edge) is writing the script. loundraw (Tsuki ga Kirei, I want to eat your pancreas character design) is credited for concept design. Evan Call (Violet Evergarden, Schwarzes Marken) is composing the music. Shochiku and Kadokawa will distribute the film. Eve is performing the film's theme song "Ao no Waltz" (Blue Waltz).
<!–The film is itself inspiring a manga adaptation that debuted in Kadokawa’s Da Vinci magazine in anuary. Emoto, the artist of the O Maidens in Your Savage Season manga, and the original character designer for the film, is drawing the manga.
Tanabe published the original story in the 1985 short story collection of the same name. The story inspired a live-action film in 2003.