It’s been a while since Japan Cuts had a festival run, but one of the most memorable catches for me was Kenji Iwaisawa’s On-Gaku: Our Sound, adapted from an original manga and made in the span of seven years with almost 40,000 hand drawings. GKids eventually released the pic in late 2020 and launched it on disc the following year, while those who are more streaming-oriented can also find it available on The Criterion Channel to which folks can subscribe with a free trial.
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.
Kenji Iwaisawa’s animated manga adaptation, On-Gaku: Our Sound, takes a quirky, awkwardly comedic journey into the lives of a trio of delinquent high schoolers, Ota, Asakura, and their leader, Kenji. Their reputations precede them as a group to be feared, with Kenji heralded as the master of the spaghetti fist – really it doesn’t take much for Kenji to chase anyone away, apart from entering the room.