Photo/IllutrationOriginal drawings for “Poupelle of Chimney Town” are put on display at a special exhibition held in Kobe’s Chuo Ward. (Atsushi Kawada)

Popular picture book “Poupelle of Chimney Town” could be turned into an animated feature film, according to leading entertainment artist agency Yoshimoto Kogyo Co. and Aeon Entertainment Co., which are discussing the project.

The move came after the two companies struck a deal on Sept. 27 to join forces to handle films and other entertainment content.

Based on original ideas by Akihiro Nishino, one-half of popular comedy duo King Kong, the picture book has sold more than 320,000 copies. Set in a town covered in black smoke, the story centers around the relationship between “trashman” Poupelle and a young boy named Lubicchi.

The project attracted attention as the production funds were raised through crowdfunding.

Yoshimoto Kogyo and Aeon Mall Co., another Aeon group company, reached a basic agreement in 2013 over entertainment businesses. The two companies have made use of each other’s strengths for joint projects, including the Yoshimoto Makuhari Aeon Mall Theater in Chiba Prefecture.

With the new deal, they agreed to jointly produce, promote and distribute films, in addition to developing related products and hosting events and exhibitions.

“Poupelle of Chimney Town” is available free with English text on Nishino’s official Line Blog at (https://lineblog.me/nishino/archives/8409957.html).

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