Studio Ghibli's offshoot Studio Ponoc has released a first trailer for its upcoming movie, The Imaginary.
Directed by Yoshiyuki Momose, former lead film producer of Studio Ghibli, The Imaginary tells the story of Rudger, a boy created by the imagination of a girl who lost love.
Not much else is known on the plot, but it seems that this duo will explore their imaginary worlds in a jarring contrast with a stark reality. Their haven is at risk of disappearing with the arrival of a mysterious man who threatens Rudger's very existence.
The film was initially slated for a summer 2022 release but was pushed back and is now due to arrive in theatres across Japan in December. Fans all over the world will have to wait until next year to feast their eyes upon this animated wonder, with a 2024 release being the most likely option for most international markets.
Opened in Japan in July after virtually no promotion, the film is likely to hit cinemas in the US and other countries later in the year.
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As marketing for this one was non-existent, a move which only added to the intrigue, details for the plot could be inferred from a series of pictures released after the film's Japanese theatrical run.
Visually stunning as are all Studio Ghibli's releases, The Boy and the Heron follows a boy's journey to a magical underground world in order to save his family.
The Imaginary premieres in Japan on December 15. A UK release is TBA.
The Boy and the Heron is out now in Japan, with a US release later this year and a UK release date yet to be confirmed. Nearly all of Studio Ghibli's movies are available to stream now on Netflix in the UK.
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