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‘Josee the Tiger and the Fish’ Heads to Select North American Theaters This Summer

Josee the Tiger and the Fish heading to select North American theaters this July

Funimation has announced the North American theatrical release dates for Kotaro Tamura and Studio Bones, Josee the Tiger and the Fish anime feature film. The film is set to release in select theaters in the United States and Canada July 12-14th and will be available in both Japanese and English Dub. Tickets go on sale this Friday, June 18th.

The film follows an unlikely pair, Josee, a gifted artist and disabled woman struggling to find purpose, and Tsuneo Suzukawa, a passionate scuba diver.  The duo comes together out of necessity and find they have a shared passion. Josee the Tiger and the Fish is based on a 1985 short story written by Akutagawa Prize-winning author Seiko Tanabe.

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“With sweeping animation that draws audiences into the story, studio Bones and Kataro Tamura have created a moving tale about human connection,” said Mitchel Berger, Funimation Global Group’s Senior Vice President of Commerce. “Funimation is proud to bring the film to theaters this July.”

Josee the Tiger and the Fish was released in Japan in 2020 and nominated for “Best Animation” in the 75th Mainichi Film Awards and “Animation of the Year” for the 44th Japan Academy Film Prize. 

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Tsuneo, an ordinary college student and avid diver, unexpectedly becomes the caretaker of a wheelchair-bound young woman in order to raise money for this dream to go diving in Mexico. This young woman, who calls herself Josee after her favorite book character, is sullen and demanding, but as Tsuneo helps Josee interact with the outside world and learns more about Josee’s unique perspective, their feelings grow into love. The two begin to support each other in ways beyond just romance.

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