Crunchyroll to Stream Saudi Arabia’s Manga Productions, Toei’s The Journey Movie This Spring
Crunchyroll introduced on April 12 that it’ll stream Saudi Arabian media firm Manga Productions and Toei Animation‘s animated collaboration movie The Journey (Journey: Taiko Arabia Hantо̄ de no Kiseki to Tatakai no Monogatari) this spring.
The movie held its North American debut at Grauman’s Chinese language Theatre in Hollywood, California on April 12. Crunchyroll didn’t verify in what languages it can stream the movie, however did state the movie’s English dub stars: Chris Decide, Johnny Yong Bosch, Jennie Kwan, Bryce Papenbrook, Alejandro Saab, Christopher Sabat, Steve Blum, Hesham Elshazly, Cedric Williams, and Hussein Mohammed.
Manga Productions is streaming an English-dubbed trailer for the movie.
The movie was initially scheduled to open in 2020, however as an alternative premiered in Japan in June 2021. Manga Productions describes the movie:
An invading military threatens to destroy Mecca and enslave its peaceable inhabitants. Aws, a seemingly easy potter, is likely one of the few prepared to face up in opposition to the huge invading military to defend their dwelling. However when he discovers a long-lost good friend he believed to be lifeless, his darkish previous is revealed.
Manga Productions has signed theatrical distribution offers for the film with VOX Cinemas within the Center East and North Africa (MENA) area, with Toei‘s distribution firm T-Pleasure in Japan, and with Koch Media in six European international locations.
The movie’s Japanese forged consists of:
- Toru Furuya as Aws
- Kotono Mitsuishi as Hind
- Hiroshi Kamiya as Zurara
- Yūichi Nakamura as Nizar
- Kazuya Nakai as Musab
- Takaya Kuroda as Abraha
Kobun Shizuno (Detective Conan movies) directed the movie, and Atsuhiro Tomioka (Pokémon movies) wrote the script. Tatsurō Iwamoto (Phoenix Wright: Ace Legal professional recreation collection) was the movie’s lead character designer, and Kaoru Wada (Ninja Scroll, Saint Seiya: The Misplaced Canvas, InuYasha, Ace Legal professional) composed the music. The businesses produced the movie in each Japan and Saudi Arabia (Manga Productions has branches in Riyadh and Tokyo). Manga Productions totally financed the movie, and has the worldwide distribution rights.
Manga Productions has beforehand collaborated with Toei Animation on various anime initiatives, together with “The Woodcutter’s Treasure” brief and the Future’s Folktales collection, the latter of which is getting a second season.
Manga Productions is a subsidiary of the Prince Mohammed bin Salman Basis, also referred to as MiSK, and named for Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia. The corporate goals to create animation, comedian, and online game initiatives to “promote Saudi concepts and messages internationally.” MiSK signed a memorandum with Japan’s Digital Hollywood College in October 2017 to coach Saudi designers and programmers in creating animation and video games. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman established MiSK in 2011.
In February 2021, the U.S. Workplace of the Director of Nationwide Intelligence assessed that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman permitted an operation in Istanbul, Turkey to seize or kill Jamal Khashoggi. Khashoggi was a Saudi journalist who relocated to america and wrote for The Washington Submit newspaper earlier than being killed in 2018. The Saudi Arabian authorities “fully reject[ed]” the U.S. evaluation. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has additionally been criticized for pursuing a warfare in Yemen that brought about a humanitarian catastrophe and for cracking down on dissenting voices. He has alternately been praised for ending a ban on ladies drivers in 2018.
ANN reached out to Crunchyroll concerning its launch of the movie and dealing with Manga Productions, however the firm didn’t reply to ANN by press time.