Netflix continues to bring gorgeous anime to audiences. The next contender is Drifting Home, a summer adventure story about a stranded group of children trying to survive in a flooded apartment building. The newly released teaser and synopsis can be found below.
“Raised like brother and sister, Kosuke and Natsume have been friends since childhood, but their relationship begins to strain in sixth grade after Kosuke’s grandfather Yasutsugu passes away. One day during their summer vacation, Kosuke and his classmates sneak into an apartment complex that is scheduled to be demolished, and rumored to be haunted.Both Kosuke and Natsume grew up there, so the place holds a lot of memories for them.
There, Kosuke stumbles into Natsume and is asked if he knows about the mysterious Noppo. But suddenly, they get caught up in a mysterious phenomenon. When they regain consciousness, they see a vast ocean before them. As the apartment complex operates in a mysterious sea with Kosuke and the others on board, they band together to try and survive. There are tears and fights, and maybe even reconciliation. Will they be able to return to their previous world? A summer farewell journey begins … “
A Summer Away From Home
Drifting Home will be the third feature film from Studio Colorido. The studio’s first theatrical film was 2018’s Penguin Highwaywhich follows a young boy as he tries to figure out why penguins are suddenly appearing in his home city. Penguin Highway was critically acclaimed from around the world for its beautiful and dreamlike animation. Penguin Highway continues to hold a 100% critics score on Rotten Tomatoes.
Colorado’s follow-up to Penguin Highway was 2020s A Whisker Away, which told the story of a girl who finds a mask that changes her into a cat. The film made its debut on Netflix to similar critical acclaim for its sweet story. A Whisker Away currently holds a critic’s score of 93% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Drifting Home will be the second feature-length directorial credit for Hiroyasu Ishida, who previously directed Penguin Highway. Ishida is also credited with co-writing the screenplay along with Hayashi Mori (Cells at Work!, Space Dandy Season 2). The film will also be produced and planned by Twin Engine, whose previous projects include 2019’s Dororo and 2019’s Vineland Saga. Akihiro Nagae (Penguin Highway, Pokemon: Twilight Wings) is credited with designing the characters. The film will also feature a theme song and an insert song by Japanese rock group ZUTOMAYO. The Japanese voice cast consists of Mutsumi Tamura, Asami Seto, Daiki Yamashita, Yumiko Kabayashi, Inori Minase, and Kana Hanazawa.
Drifting Home appears to be more of what fans love from Studio Colorido. Fantastical elements, beautiful animation, and a ton of heart. While the studio’s previous two films leaned more into fantasy, Drifting Away might feature more paranormal elements with that strange new kid that is discovered in the apartment, Noppo. Maybe they know the key to getting back home? We’ll have to wait and see in order to find out!
Drifting Home premieres on Netflix on September 16, 2022.
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