Studio 4°C, the Japanese animation studio founded by Eiko Tanaka and Koji Morimoto in 1986, that produced successes such as Japan Academy Award winner, “Tekkonkinkreet” and “MFKZ”, is now behind the adaptation of Daisuke Igarashi’s award-winning fantasy manga Kaiju no Kodomo / Children of the Sea.
Directed by Ayumu Watanabe, “Children of the Sea” looks as gorgeous as the original source material. The original music score is by renown composer Joe Hisayshi while the theme song “Umi no Yuurei” (“The ghost in the sea”, Sony Music Labels), was written, composed, arranged, and performed by young singer-songwriter Kenshi Yonezu who is an early fan of the original Manga. Kenichi Konishi is in charge of character design.
During a summer vacation, Ruka, an introverted and disaffected junior high school student, meets two mysterious boys raised by dugongs “Umi” and “Sora,” that can swim like fish. Ruka’s dad works at an aquarium and memories of a ghost she saw there in her childhood still hunt her.
Meanwhile, something strange and unexplained is happening all over the world: fish are disappearing. So, Ruka, the 2 boys and the adults from the aquarium begin their fascinating marine adventure.