An anime adaptation of a Japanese manga, “Aesthetic Girl on The Block”, has been in development since 2013 and is being adapted for the big screen by the studio of the same name.
“The girl in the film will be a very special person, and the audience will get to see that,” says director Keiichi Nakamura.
The film’s plot revolves around two women who meet at a popular cafe after a long day of shopping and a date gone bad.
“We decided to do the story as a story about the friendship of two very different characters, a girl and a boy, who fall in love with each other,” Nakamura says.
The director also notes that “the film will make you think twice about the relationship between a man and a woman, and it’s not just about sex.”
The film will also star a new voice cast, including a returning voice actress for the lead character.
“It’s really important to have a strong female lead who can act like a role model,” Nakampa says.
Nakamura and his team are hoping to raise more than $1 million to make the film a reality.
“A lot of people are saying that ‘there is no way we can get this made,’ ” Nakamura tells Business Insider.
“That’s a lie.
But we are making the movie to help people realize that it’s possible.”
The studio behind the film, Production I.
G, is based in Tokyo and has previously produced “Ao no Kuni” and “Battleship”, both of which feature characters who are female.
The studio is also working on a film adaptation of “Porco Rosso” by the acclaimed animation studio, Toho.
“I’m hoping that ‘Aesthetic Girls on The Border’ will be able to help raise funds for the film production as well,” Nakamamura says, “so that I can pursue my dreams as a director.”