Kousuke, Natsume and their friends from the upcoming movie Drifting Away. Photo credit: Studio Colorido

The release date of Drifting Away on Netflix has been confirmed for September 16, 2022, the last month of the Summer 2022 anime season. The movie Drifting Away will be streamed worldwide that day.

Fans of the movies: A Whisker Away, Burn The Witch and Penguin Highway are excited that Studio Colorido has a new original movie on the horizon – Ame Wo Tsugeru Hyouryuu Danchi (Drifting Away).

A visual teaser poster has just been released letting fans know that the film will air in Japan in 2022. Anime producer Twin Engine is behind the production of Drifting Away.

A Drifting Away movie trailer featuring clips from the upcoming movie has been released:

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The first Drifting Away trailer.

A second trailer was released on April 16, 2022 for Drifting Away, featuring an original song vocalized by ACA and titled Summer Withering (I wish it was midnight all the time). Umitaro Abe will compose the music for the film.

The second trailer for Drifting Away.

Studio Colorido’s first film was Penguin Highway, which was released in 2018 and has been viewed in more than 30 countries. A Whisker Away was distributed exclusively on Netflix in 2020 and reached their top 10 movie rankings.

Hiroyasu Ishida directed Penguin Highway in 2018 at the age of 29. Drifting Away will be his 2nd feature film that he will direct at the age of 33. Hiroyasu Ishida won the 42nd Japan Academy Prize for Animation of Excellence and the Fantasia International Film Festival Kon Award (prize for best animation).

Special poster for Drifting Away, featuring Kousuke, Natsume and their friends.
Special poster featuring Kousuke, Natsume and their friends from the upcoming movie Drifting Away. Photo credit: Studio Colorido.

The plot of Drifting Away revolves around Kousuke and Natsume, who are childhood friends. However, their relationship becomes strained as they get older and begin to develop “puppy love” for each other. These new uneases cause the two sixth-graders to avoid each other because they no longer know how to interact.

One day during the summer holidays, they decide to visit an old residential complex where they grew up that is slated to be demolished. The place holds many fond memories of their childhood that they spent together.

While exploring the housing complex, they are suddenly swept up in a mysterious supernatural phenomenon. When they regain consciousness, they discover that the housing complex has drifted into the middle of a mystical ocean and their friends are trapped there too. Kousuke, Natsume and their friends will have to work together to find a way to return to their previous reality before it’s too late.

Official trailer of A Whisker Away.

Studio Colorido became famous after the success with A Whisker Away

In the story A Whisker Away, Miyo Sasaki is an optimistic, cheerful high school girl, despite her relationship with her father having been strained since he remarried. The way her new stepmother tries to act like her new mother annoys Miyo and makes her stressed.

Miyo falls in love with one of her classmates – Kento Hinode. By focusing all her time and energy on her crush and coming up with strange ways to show that she likes him, she manages to take her mind off her own problems.

However, these “demonstrations of love” only serve to confuse Hinode about Miyo’s true intentions. Miyo begins to lose hope that her feelings will ever be successful on Hinode when a supernatural opportunity arises where she can use a mask to turn into a cat. In her cat form, she is finally able to get close to Hinode and gain his affection.

Hinode calls the cute white cat with blue eyes ‘Tarou’. When Miyo realizes she can’t help Hinode with his real-life problems, which she learns about while in cat form, she realizes she’ll have to make a tough choice – stay close to Hinode as Tarou or reveal her identity. , and risk losing Hinode’s affection to help him as her human self.

Watch the trailer for A Whisker Away, currently streaming on Netflix.


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