London-Based Anime Company’s Powerful Manga-Inspired Feature to Screen in Festival’s ‘Works in Progress’ Program 

14 June 2016 – Annecy, France – Animatsu Entertainment, the new London-based producer, licensor and distributor of anime in the UK, Ireland and, soon, the rest of the world, has secured global distribution rights to the highly anticipated animated feature In This Corner of the World (この世界の片隅に Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni). The company introduces this poignant, uplifting, coming of age story to buyers at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival and Market today, showing the uncompleted manga-inspired title in the festival’s Works in Progress program.

In This Corner of the World

Produced by GENCO, with Japanese animation studio MAPPA, In This Corner of the World has been licensed to Animatsu Entertainment for the film’s worldwide sales. GENCO, in turn, will release In This Corner of the World in Japan this October.

Based on the award-winning manga written by Fumiyo Kouno, In This Corner of the World is written and directed by Sunao Katabuchi. Katabuchi began his career working closely with Hayao Miyazaki before directing his own projects, including the acclaimed animated film Mai Mai Miracle. GENCO’s Taro Maki and MAPPA’s Masao Maruyama are producers for the project.

In This Corner of the World tells the story of the adolescent Suzu, who in 1944 moves to the small town of Kure in Hiroshima to live with her husband’s family. Suzu’s life is thrown into chaos when her town is bombed during World War II. Her perseverance and courage, however, underpin this heart-warming and inspirational tale of the everyday challenges faced by the Japanese in the midst of a violent, war-torn country.

“There have been previous anime films set around the devastation in Hiroshima, but none with the ultimately uplifting and positive message of In This Corner of the World, so we can’t wait to bring this beautiful film to Annecy,” Animatsu Entertainment Chief Operating Officer Jerome Mazandarani said. “We believe the rest of the world will share our enthusiasm for this story.”

In This Corner of the World is not a typical war movie: the town is so beautifully recreated and the characters are so wonderfully achieved that the focus is on the art that is imbued in daily life itself,” GENCO President Taro Maki said. “While it is of course heart-breaking to behold the before and after scenes, the willpower that normal people muster in the name of love and caring is what really stands out.”

“War is the opposite of daily life, yet daily life must go on even through war. And perfectly normal people can achieve this miraculous feat in the most extreme circumstances one can imagine,” the film’s director Sunao Katabuchi notes. “That’s what this film explores. I believe those very specific details in this film help viewers perceive the infinite emotions experienced by these absolutely normal people.”

A successful crowdfunding effort provided part of the resources needed to produce this feature version of the award-winning manga. The campaign raised 39 million yen (approximately $350,000), almost doubling the original goal.

Visit our Official In The Corner of the World website HERE, for more information.

About Animatsu Entertainment, Ltd.

Animatsu Entertainment, Ltd., is a new specialist UK-based distribution, production and international rights management company primarily focusing on Japanese anime films and TV series, and has multiple projects in development. An affiliate company of Manga Entertainment, Animatsu Entertainment released the hugely successful game-to- live-action adaptations, Halo: Nightfall and Dead Rising: Watchtower as well as Rooster Teeth’s animated series RWBY, among others. Animatsu is spearheaded by Jerome Mazandarani who has been key to Manga Entertainment’s decade of success. Find out more at

About GENCO Inc.

Founded in 1997 by Taro Maki, the producer for “Mobile Police Patlabor” series, and “Tench Muyo” series. The company has produced hit titles like “Nodame Cantabile,” (2007) “Sword Art Online,” (2012). Along with Masao Maruyama, Mr. Maki also produced the Satoshi Kon films, “Millennium Actress,” (2002) and “Tokyo Godfather.” (2003).


As one of Japan’s top ranking studios, MAPPA was founded by Masao Maruyama, who in turn also founded famed animation studio Madhouse. Since its founding in 2011, the studio has created masterpieces such as “Kid’s on the Slope,” “Terror in Resonance,” and many others.


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Animatsu Press Release

The future of anime lives at Animatsu Entertainment Ltd, a new specialist UK distribution and production company primarily focusing on Japanese anime films and TV series. Spearheaded by Jerome Mazandarani as COO and Andrew Hewson as Marketing Manager, they both bring considerable experience with them as the two key players behind the last 10 years of success at Manga Entertainment’s UK operation.

FullSizeRender11Animatsu combines our experience in marketing anime and other cult film and television brands with our enthusiasm for the modern pop­culture fan scene. Animatsu really is a fan­driven enterprise.”, comments COO Jerome Mazandarani.

Building upon Jerome’s expertise in anime licensing, Animatsu will be acquiring all rights for the UK and Ireland. In addition Animatsu will also explore acquiring distribution rights on a wider European basis, working with other experienced distributors in the territory. Moreover, Animatsu will assist Japanese and International anime filmmakers to develop and produce new films and TV series for the international market. In this context Animatsu has secured industry investment and acquisition funding.

Marketing Manager Andrew Hewson adds, “We can’t exist without anime fans and in an age where there’s so much content readily available on so many different platforms, we have to cut through all of that and justify why people should invest in one of our titles. We’ll be hand­picking and curating a collection that we hope fans will be proud to own.

Animatsu will release its new titles from March 2015 on Digital, DVD and Blu­ray with the first home video launch of the highly anticipated live­action film Halo: Nightfall­ the sequel to last year’s smash hit Halo: Forward Unto Dawn. Nightfall is from Executive Producer Ridley Scott and the director of Battlestar Galactica which tells the dramatic story of legendary manhunter Jameson Locke and his team as they are caught in a horrific biological attack. Halo: Nightfall will be released through a joint partnership between Animatsu and Anchor Bay Entertainment on March 16.

FullSizeRender2We know that what’s burning anime fans up right now is information on what our plans are”, comments Jerome, “but they can rest assured that we’ve been dying to tell them but couldn’t so here’s some of the good stuff!

Animatsu has recently closed a UK license deal with Sentai Filmworks for 8 brand new anime licenses including Blade And Soul, Comic Artist and His Assistants and Coffin Princess and is in advanced negotiations on a number of other high profile licenses. Two more key titles acquired will be announced in forthcoming issues of Neo and MyM magazines ­ both out on store shelves 22nd Jan.

Animatsu is the realisation of all of the exciting things I’ve wanted to do with anime and special interest licensing over the years including developing a successful digital sales model for anime brands. I am delighted that in addition to launching our own label we will also be able to continue working with our friends at Manga and help them to consolidate their position as the largest anime distributor in the United Kingdom”, comments COO Jerome Mazandarani.

If you like what we did while we were at Manga Entertainment you will love what we are going to do with Animatsu. That includes a huge presence at UK comic cons, an evolution of our social media activity and much more.” adds Jerome. “On that point we strongly recommend people start to follow the @AnimatsuEnt Twitter and /AnimatsuEnt Facebook accounts, which in time are going to start coming to life with all sorts of exciting news.”

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