The first trailer for the first Cencoroll movie was uploaded online all the way back in 2007, two years before the short anime film would actually come out. In it, a colorful and curiosity invoking techno theme pulsated through the background as some very sleek designed high schooler overlooked as a giant white blob monster sprouts airplane wings and starts flying through the sky. Cencoroll was looking capital c cool from the outset and fans anxiously awaited for more.
When the film actually came out two years later it did make some buzz, but maybe not enough. It screened at a couple of conventions here and there, and people were generally in favor of the film’s unique visuals provided by its creator and animator Atsuya Uki. They also praised the soundtrack, created by Supercell mastermind Ryo who’s known for his work in that band which started out as a kind of Vocaloid project.
It was released on disk in Japan after it came out, but it never received a major western home release nor did it ever find a permanent home streaming anywhere. Hopefully, that will be rectified in the future with its sequel film finally out and, apparently, with more on that way after that.
It’s one of the neater experiments in animation not many people have had the chance to see.
The Impossible Sequel Cencoroll 2
Cencoroll 2 was publicly announced after being greenlit in September 2010, around a year after the first film came out. The sequel to the hour-long adventurous and independently-animated piece would not hit theaters until Summer 2019. More than once people had speculated the work was silently shelved but every couple years something would trickle out of the woodwork about it, like a trailer in 2014.
The second film begins with a new character looking for Shu, the antagonist of the first film. It starts a whole new series of events for these ultra stylized teenagers and their blobby monster friend Cenko.
So What Exactly Is Cencoroll Connect?
Because so many years had passed between Cencoroll and Cencoroll 2 and with not all that many people having seen the original in the first place, when the second entry finally rolled around in 2019 its producer decided to do something novel with its theatrical screenings.
Instead of just showing Cencoroll 2 at the theaters when it came out, viewers would get to watch both entries back to back. A somewhat more common practice in Japan, the double film screenings were collectively referred to as Cencoroll Connect.
While neither film has seen a widespread western release yet, with the original only having screened at a convention or two in 2009 and with Connect also getting that same treatment. It makes us wonder if The States, Canada, and England will ever see the full Cencoroll Connect release.
With companies like GKids and Shout Factory putting out a wider variety of anime films theatrically and on home video than ever before, we hope in our hearts for this one.
A Cencoroll 3 Has Been Green-Lit
There’s no major info on this yet and seeing how long it took between the first two movies, we might not hear anything for a while. However last summer when the second film came out, a third was officially green-lit and announced to the public. Again though if it follows suit we may not get to see Cencoroll 3 until 2029.
Touching on Cencoroll Creator Atsuya Uki
As we’ve mentioned, Cencoroll was the darling project of one Atsuya Uki. Before he got into creating animation, Atsuya Uki was something of an indie manga author with no huge hits to his name in that medium.
However, with his distinctive pen to paper style, he’s always grown to be known as an illustrator and designer where he’s also had some success. Because of that fans might know the work Atsuya Uki from a couple of other places aside from Cencoroll and its sequel.
Hard to believe its been so long already but back in 2012 Fuji TV ran on their pristine Noitamina block, known for running plenty of left of center anime like Eden Of The East, Kids On The Slope, and the modern classic Anohana, a fishing boys anime called Tsuritama where Uki provided their slick eye-catching character designs.
Maybe more notably was his involvement in Digimon Adventure Tri, where the now cult famous artist aged up Tai, Matt, and the rest of the original Digimon cast into proper high school-aged characters.