New Musical Anime 'Inu-Oh' - First Trailer And Cast Unveiled

To be released next year

By Manisha Priyadarshini

July 27, 2021

Inu-Oh is an upcoming musical anime that got pushed back a year but we got to see the first trailer and meet the cast of the film.

Inu-Oh was a real-life figure, performer, and playwright for Sarugaku Noh who was quite popular in the 14th century. However, he has been forgotten with time as very few documents about his life have survived. Now, about 600 years later, this new musical project will depict the tale of the legendary Inu-Oh.

Fresh details regarding the movies such as the main crew and release date were also revealed. So keep reading to know more.

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The Story of Inu-Oh

The movie is based on Hideo Furukawa’s novel Heike Monogatari: Inu-Oh no Maki (Tales of the Heike: Inu-Oh) which is inspired by a well-known Sarugaku Noh performer named Inu-Oh in the 14th century.

However, the book and the anime adds a paranormal twist to the real-life figure. In the movie, Inu-Oh is born with a deformity so he is forced to cover up his entire body with a mask and fabric.

One day while traveling, Inu-Oh meets a blind Biwa player called Tomona. They become friends and gain fame while they sing and dance together. The musical story further delves into why Tomona lost his eyesight and why Inu-Oh was born as a deformed child as they try to break each other’s curses.

You can check out the trailer for this musical anime movie here:

Inu-Oh Cast And Crew

Mirai Moriyama (L) and Avu-chan (R)

The main character Inu-Oh will be played by vocalist Avu-chan who is also known as the Queen Bee songwriter whereas Tomona will be played by actor and dancer Mirai Moriyama.

The anime will be produced by Science SARU and here are a few prominent names from the crew:

  • Director – Masaaki Yuasa (Devilman crybaby, Japan Sinks)
  • Scriptwriter – Akiko Nogi (The voice of Sin live-action movie)
  • Character Designer – Taiyō Matsumoto (Ping Pong the Animation)
  • Chief Animation Director – Yoshimichi Kameda (Mob Psycho 100 character designer) and Satoshi Nakano (Pokémon Sun and Moon character designer)
  • Music – Otomo Yoshihide

Besides the two chief ADs, nine other animation directors have been listed on the website. You can check out the rest of the details there.

Release Date

Inu-Oh is one of Science SARU’s projects that have been delayed. Initially, it was scheduled for a 2021 release; however, it has been pushed back by a year now.

Interestingly, Inu-Oh has also been selected for the 78th Venice International Film Festival (September 1-11, 2021) where it will be premiered. There it will be competing in the Horizons (Orrizonti) category, which explores new trends in world cinema.

But the rest of us who are eager to see Inu-Oh anime will have to wait until its global release in summer 2022.

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