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Daisuke Igarashi’s critically acclaimed manga “Children of the Sea” is being adapted into an animated feature film.

Set in the ocean and themed on the mysteries of life, the title depicts the connections between humanity and nature with stunning and exquisite artwork. In 2009, it won an excellence award at the 38th Japan Cartoonists Association Awards and also an excellence award in the Manga Division at the 13th Japan Media Arts Festival hosted by the Agency for Cultural Affairs. The manga was in the running for the 12th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize.

The author was born in Saitama Prefecture in 1969. He rose to fame when his “Witches” received an excellence award in the Manga Division at the 8th Japan Media Arts Festival in 2004.

His “Little Forest,” which is based on his own experience of living a self-sufficient lifestyle, was adapted into a live-action feature film in 2014. Igarashi is currently running “Designs” in the monthly Afternoon manga anthology.

The anime film is in production at Studio 4°C Co., which has earned international acclaim for its high-quality imagery. The anime house won the Grand Prize in the Animation Division at the 8th Japan Media Arts Festival, while it received the grand prize in the animation category of the Japan Academy Film Prize awards in 2008 for its “Tekkonkinkreet.”

A newly unveiled visual shows the logo of the film, in addition to the blue ocean and sky.

The release date, staff members and other details have yet to be announced.

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