The staff of the upcoming anime film The Feast of Amrita by Saku Sakamoto released a new trailer on Thursday. According to the trailer, Kana Hanazawa, who previously voiced the protagonist Rin in Aragne: Sign of Vermilion, will make a special guest voice in the movie. Additionally, the trailer announced that The Feast of Amrita will premiere in Japan on May 26 alongside a refined version of Aragne: Sign of Vermilion, featuring at least 60 revised shots.
The cast for The Feast of Amrita includes:
- Maaya Uchida as the protagonist Tamahi
- Mamiko Noto as Aki, Tamahi’s friend
- MoeMi as Yū, a classmate
The Feast of Amrita is finally hitting theaters on May 26 at Cine Libre Ikebukuro in Tokyo and Cine Libre Umeda in Osaka. Originally slated for a 2021 release, the movie was postponed due to the pandemic.
The film is a prequel spinoff of Sakamoto’s previous work, Aragne: Sign of Vermilion. It tells the story of Tamahi, a high school girl who encounters strange creatures in a massive apartment building. Sakamoto is producing, writing, animating, and directing the anime, and composing the music. Remarkably, he is doing all of this alone, making him one of the few anime creators to have achieved this feat for a production longer than 60 minutes.
To fund Aragne: Sign of Vermilion, Sakamoto ran a successful crowdfunding campaign on the Japanese platform Makuake, which met its 2 million yen (about US$17,800) goal in March 2017. The team later launched a Kickstarter campaign for English translation and festival screenings, which ran from September to October of the same year. Aragne: Sign of Vermilion screened at the Fantasia Festival in Montreal, Canada, in July 2018.
Sakamoto has been a freelance anime creator since 2002, having directed NHK’s Minna no Uta and worked on Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence’s 3D computer graphics. In 2014, he also created a tourism anime short for Matsuyama City.
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