In This Corner of the World is 2nd Anime This Year to Put 2 BD Releases in Top 3
Both the Limited Special Edition and Standard Edition Blu-ray Disc releases of Sunao Katabuchi‘s In This Corner of the World anime film ranked in Oricon’s overall Blu-ray Disc chart for the September 11-17 week, at #1 and #3 respectively. The Limited Special Edition sold 24,015 copies, while the Standard Edition sold 19,594 copies. The movie joins Makoto Shinkai‘s your name. as the only other anime this year so far to put two Blu-ray Disc releases in Oricon’s overall Blu-ray Disc chart in the top 3 (though your name. actually had all three of its releases in the top 3). It is also the sixth anime to achieve the feat since Oricon began posting Blu-ray Disc ranking charts in 2008.
The Limited Special Edition and Standard Edition also ranked #1 and #2 respectively on the Blu-ray Disc animation chart.
Sunao Katabuchi (Black Lagoon, Mai Mai Miracle) wrote and directed the film, and GENCO and animation studio MAPPA produced the film. The anime has sold more than 2 million tickets in Japan since opening last November. The film went on to win the Fujimoto Award, the Daijin (Minister) Prize from the Agency for Cultural Affairs, the Hiroshima Peace Film Award at the Hiroshima International Film Festival, Kinema Jumpo magazine’s best Japanese movie of the year, the Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year, and the Jury Award in the Feature Film Category at Annecy.
Shout! Factory and Funimation Films screened the film in the United States on August 11, and in Canada on August 18. Funimation describes the film:
The award-winning story of IN THIS CORNER OF THE WORLD follows a young lady named Suzu Urano, 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 underpin this heart-warming and inspirational tale of the everyday challenges faced by the Japanese in the midst of a violent, war-torn country. This beautiful yet poignant tale shows that even in the face of adversity and loss, people can come together and rebuild their lives.
Source: Oricon News