It is officially announced today that an anime film adaptation of the late Seiko Tanabe’s romance short novel Josee to Tora to Sakana-tachi / Josee, the Tiger and the Fish is set to be released in Japan in 2020. The film’s official website and Twitter have opened with a teaser visual.
The short story was originally published in Monthly Kadokawa’s June issue of 1984. It was previously adapted into a live-action film directed by Isshin Inudo (The Bucket List Japanese remake in 2019) in 2003.
Its story centers on two characters: Josse, who is physically disabled and cannot walk without a wheelchair, so she has spent her life like a doll living in her own imagination world, and Tsuneo, a university student who has been chasing his dream. They meet by chance and are attracted to each other. Then, Josses decides to go with him to the outside world.
Kotaro Tamura (Noragami series director) makes his feature film directorial debut on a screenplay by Sayaka Kuwamura (Strobo Edge, Over Time). Manga illustrator Nao Ehon (O Maidens in Your Savage Season) provides the original character design, Haruko Iizuka (The [email protected] SideM) serves as the anime character designer/chief animation director. BONES (My Hero Academia) works on anime production.
【 劇場アニメ化決定 】
— アニメ映画『ジョゼと虎と魚たち』 (@joseetora_movie) December 2, 2019
2003 live-action film poster visual:
©2020 Seiko Tanabe/KADOKAWA/Josee Project