Anime studio P.A. Works has unveiled the second teaser visual and a new promotional video for its upcoming original feature-length anime film project titled “Komada – A Whisky Family” (Komada Jōryūsho e Yōkoso, literally “Welcome to the Komada Distillery”). The film is set to premiere on November 10, as announced by the studio.
Additionally, the film’s main cast character visuals have been introduced by the creative team. The eagerly anticipated film is part of P.A. Works’ “workplace” series, following the likes of Hana-Saku Iroha, Shirobako, Sakura Quest, and The Aquatope on White Sand. Also, the movie had a screening during this year’s Annecy International Animation Film Festival, a famous event that took place from June 11 to 17 in the French town of Annecy.
In a world where time has a way of distilling memories and connections comes a heartwarming story of rediscovery and reconnection. A story that goes beyond mere flavors and aromas, transporting us into a world of emotions and heritage. Our protagonist finds herself revamping her family’s whiskey business as she embarks on a quest to rekindle the spirit of her family’s legacy and bonds.
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Komada – A Whisky Family: Cast, Staff, Plot
Komada – A Whisky Family, an original anime film, is directed by Masayuki Yoshihara and produced by P.A Works. Scriptwriters Yukito Kizawa and Munemasa Nakamoto, recognized for their contributions to the Monogatari series and Sword Art Online franchise, write the scripts. Tomomi Takada worked on the original character designs, while Kousuke Kawazura animates those character designs and is also the chief animation director.
Tatsuya Katō composes the music, DMM is credited as the producer, and GAGA Corporation is distributing the film.
The cast announced includes Saori Hayami voicing Rui Komada, Kensho Ono voicing Kōtarō Takahashi, Maaya Uchida voicing Tomoko Kawabata, and Yoshimasa Hosoya voicing Hiroshi Yasumoto.
At the heart of Komada – A Whisky Family lies Rui Komada, the determined young leader of her family’s struggling whisky distillery. Following her father’s passing, Rui steps into her role amidst financial struggles, familial rifts, and the aftermath of a natural calamity.
With a plan in mind, she shoulders the responsibility of rejuvenating both the distillery’s fortunes and the fractured relationships within her family. Rui’s mission? To breathe life back into their iconic Japanese whisky, forging a path toward unity and restoration.
P.A. Works’ “workplace” series commenced in 2010 with “Hana-Saku Iroha,” immersing audiences in the world of a hot spring inn. The journey continued in 2014 with “Shirobako,” shedding light on the intricate workings of the anime industry, later releasing a sequel film in 2020. “Sakura Quest,” making its debut in 2017, followed the lives of young women navigating small-town tourism.
The latest addition, “The Aquatope on White Sand” (2021), dived into the challenges and wonders of the aquarium business. Each installment in this “workplace” theme created a distinct vibe of dedication, dreams, and the myriad facets of work and passion. We’re sure Komada- A Whisky Family will be no less than anything we’ve seen.
With strong determination, curiosity, and a thirst for the truth, Rui sets out to rediscover the secrets of her family’s signature whisky. From the rolling hills of barley fields to the age-old barrels tucked away in a forgotten cellar, she learns what made her family business and how she can rebuild it from the scraps.
As the art of whisky-making reflects the intricate and troubled relationships within her family, every drop becomes a metaphor for the reforging of bonds long broken, or so we hope!
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