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Iconic anime director Masaaki Yuasa‘s latest film is about to hit theaters in Japan in a month and to celebrate INU-OH only being a month away, a new 30-second trailer for the tale based on Hideo Furukawa’s 2017 novel Heike Monogatari Inu-Oh no Maki was released today previewing the budding friendship between noh actor Inu-Oh and a boy named Tomona.



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Previously released visual:



INU-OH has already had its North American premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, with GKIDS releasing the film in the region at some point after its Japanese theatrical release on May 28, describing it as such:


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.


Source: Asmik Ace on YouTube


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Daryl Harding is a Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll News. He also runs the YouTube channel about Japan stuff called TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza, and posts photos of his travels on Instagram.