Welcome, all, again. Just a quick bit of info to pass along to my fellow anime fans: Mary and The Witch’s Flower–Studio Ponoc’s first feature film–will have a nationwide (U.S.) premiere showing on the night of Thursday, January 18, 2018. This showing will take place only in select movie theaters and will offer a choice of dubbed or subbed, with respective start times separated by an hour. Tickets may be purchased through the following link: [https://www.fathomevents.com/events/mary-and-the-witchs-flower]. (Just enter your city or ZIP code where prompted to find participating theaters near you.)
Based upon Mary Stewart’s book The Little Broomstick, this is the tale of an adventurous girl who finds a rare and hidden flower that grants magical powers–but for one night only. What choices will she make? And perhaps more importantly, what consequences will remain after the magic is long vanished?
As mentioned earlier, this is Studio Ponoc’s first feature film. But don’t let that make you hesitate–a collection of stellar talent is gathered here! Director Hiromasa Yonebayashi has been associated with such past projects as Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, and The Secret World of Arrietty, while composer Muramatsu Takatsugu also scored When Marnie Was There, the previous film directed by Yonebayashi (in 2014). The voice talent is also top-notch: for example, Mary is voiced by Hana Sugisaki in Japanese and by Ruby Barnhill in English. This film has every opportunity to be something special, so I plan upon attending this premiere; I hope you’re able to do the same.
Curious but uncertain? Try watching these trailers: