The 18-minute film is scheduled for release next year
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Avex Pictures revealed the first teaser video at Anime NYC on Friday for anime director Naoko Yamada’s latest original anime short Garden of Remembrance. The panel also displayed a video commentary by Yamada. The video below reveals the film’s delay to 2024.
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© Garden of Remembrance-二つの部屋と花の庭-製作委員会
Yamada and Science SARU first previewed the anime at the Annecy International Animation Festival in 2022 as part of the festival’s In Progress track program for ongoing productions. Yamada then presented the world premiere of the short film at the Scotland Loves Anime event in October 2022. The film also had a special screening at Annecy this year. The anime film was previously scheduled for release this year and had a scheduled runtime of 18 minutes.
This year’s Annecy International Animation Festival describes the film:
The anemone flower that “I” like. A precious flower holds memories that bind “You” and “I” together. A story that represents “I”, “You”, “Childhood friend” and our goodbyes.
Manga creator Etsuko Mizusawa (Hello, this is Terumi.) is the anime’s original character designer. Singer-songwriter Lovely Summer-chan composed the music for the anime.
Yamada is a veteran director of several Kyoto Animation productions, before leaving the studio and moving to Science SARU as director in 2021. There, she directed The Heike Story, her first work with studio, launched in September 2021. Memorial Garden is her second project with the studio. Yamada and Science SARU are also currently working on a new anime film titled Kimi no Iro (Your Color), which will premiere next year.
At Kyoto Animation, Yamada directed some of the studio’s most iconic works, including K-ON!, A Silent Voice, Liz and the Blue Bird, Tamako Market and Tamako Love Story. She also directed the series Sound! Euphonium.
Source: Email correspondence