The studies Science SARU formally announced the director’s next original anime project Naoko Yamadaentitled Garden of Remembrance, at this year’s Annecy International Animated Film Festival. Yamada and Science SARU presented the project as part of the “Work in Progress” section of the festival for ongoing productions. The premiere is scheduled for the year 2023 in Japan.
Yamada is a veteran director in several works of kyoto animationbefore leaving the study and moving on to Science SARU as director in 2021. There she directed Heike Monogatari (The Heike Story), his first project with the studio, which premiered in September 2021. In kyoto animationdirected some of the studio’s most emblematic works, such as K-ON!, Koe no Katachi (A Silent Voice), Liz to Aoi Tori (Liz and the Blue Bird), Tamako Market Y Tamako Love Story. She was also the director of the series hibike! euphonium (Sound! euphonium).
- Naoko Yamada (K-ON!, Tamako Market) is in charge of directing the project in the studios Science SARU.
- Etsuko Mizusawa (Moshimoshi, Terumi Desu.) is in charge of character design and animation direction.
- Singer Lovely Summer-chan is responsible for the composition of the soundtrack.
Description of Garden of Remembrance
According to Science SARU co-founder and producer Eunyoung Choi, she approached Naoko Yamada with the idea of making an anime short film focused on music. Yamada described the theme of the anime as: “Someone thinks of someone, where is the fate of the heart.” Both Choi and Yamada came up with keywords and concepts for the project, collating them into a single poem, Yamada produced the film, and Lovely Summer-chan composed the music from that poem. In the ad, Yamada described Lovely Summer-chan as an “invincible girl.”
Yamada also noted that he commissioned the character designs from Mizusawa, describing the characters as “feeling like real, living girls…almost so real that you feel like you can smell their nap drool and sink into their cuteness.” Yamada asked Mizusawa to draw the characters in a “chubby” way.
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(c)Garden of Remembrance -二つの部屋と花の庭-製作委員会