Making good on their word with Kenji Iwaisawa’s rockin animated feature, On-Gaku: Our Sound will be released in select theaters on December 11. Anime staple GKIDS made the announcement last month and are streaming a new trailer to boot.
When you’re a bored teenager looking for thrills, sometimes the only thing you can turn to is rock ‘n roll. Having no skill, money, or even a full set of drums, a feared trio of high school delinquents nevertheless decide they are destined for musical glory in a quest to impress their only friend Aya, avoid a rival gang, and – most importantly – jam out. Animated almost entirely by director Kenji Iwaisawa, and featuring a lead performance by Japanese alt-rock legend Shintaro Sakamoto, ON-GAKU: OUR SOUND brings its own sound and vision to the Hiroyuki Ohashi manga from which it was adapted. With pitch-perfect deadpan humor, the film presents a highly original take on the beloved slacker comedy: a lo-fi buddy film with a blaring musical finale that will leave you wanting an immediate encore.
You’re welcome to check out my review from Japan Cuts 2020 among those of other critics for some perspective, but I can certainly guarantee that the passages above do hopeful viewers justice. This was a fun watch for sure.
Head over to the official GKids website for more info.