The upcoming anime film Nikuko of the Fishing Harbor (Gyoko no Nikuko-chan), has released a music video featuring its opening theme song. The song dates back to 1970, but 10-year-old child actor Kurumi Inagaki makes it her own:
This isn’t the theme song’s debut on YouTube, but it is more clear than in previous videos.
The song, ‘Image no Uta’, was originally the debut of folk-rock singer/ songwriter Takuro Yoshida. (He also sang the theme song for Cromartie High School.) Inagaki’s charming version really seems to capture the tone and feeling of the film, and from what I’ve seen, Nikuko of the Fishing Harbor sounds like a heartwarming, unique comedy.
The film, based on a novel by Kanako Nishi, tells the tale of a mother and daughter, who initially don’t seem to have a lot in common. Obviously, the daughter will have some growing up to do, and there will likely be some bonding.
In our COVID-weary world, we’ve heard a lot about cozy and comfy anime series. And this preview video certainly suggests a comforting film. The images also evoke the old-fashioned, traditional, slower-paced side of Japan. (This version doesn’t include the funny Totoro tribute seen in earlier promos, but the film seems to contain some Miyazaki-esque themes.)
Nikuko of the Fishing Harbor arrives in Japan on 11 June.