Inu-oh has an English subtitled trailer, perhaps drawing from its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, which probably needed the work done.
The anime will be Masaaki Yuasa’s last, although anime directors coming back for “just one more” is definitely a thing. Masaaki’s previous works were Japan Sinks 2020, which was fantastic and brutal, Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!, which was great and warm and Devilman Crybaby, which was fantastic and brutal. It makes me wonder about Inu-oh!
The official synopsis is;
Inu-Oh is born with unique physical characteristics, and the horrified adults cover every inch of his body with garments, including a mask on his face. One day, he meets a boy named Tomona, a blind biwa player, and as Tomona plays a delicate song of tangled fate, Inu-Oh discovers an incredible ability to dance.
Inu-Oh and Tomona become business partners and inseparable friends, using their creative gifts to survive on the margins of society, as song after song gain them notoriety and propel them to stardom.
Through the songs, Inu-Oh mesmerizes his audiences on stage, and gradually begins to transform into someone of unequaled beauty. But why is Tomona blind? Why was Inu-Oh born with unique characteristics?
It is a story about the friendship of Inu-Oh and Tomona, who dance and sing to get to the truth and break each other’s curse.
As the latest and very colourful poster suggests, we’re expecting a broader 2022 release for the anime.
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