Inu-Ohthe famous director’s glam-rock opera anime Masaaki Yuasa (Ride Your Wave, Mind Game, Night Is Short, Walk On Girl) will arrive on major digital platforms on December 20e and on Blu-Ray + DVD on January 24e. Certified fresh by Rotten Tomatoes, Inu-Oh, set in 14th-century Japan, is an ode to the power of music and a forceful statement about artistic freedom. Featuring character design by manga artist Taiyo Matsumoto (Tekkonkinkreet), who previously collaborated with Yuasa on the anime adaptation of Matsumoto’s series ping pong animation, Inu-Oh features original rock songs from lead voice actors Avu-chan and Mirai Moriyama.

From GKIDS, with distribution by Shout! Factory, the Blu-ray+ DVD, now available for pre-order on GKIDS.com and ShoutFactory.com, includes the all-new English dub in addition to the following bonus features: scene breakdowns and commentary, interviews with the original cast, an interview with director Masaaki Yuasa, and a Q&A session at the US premiere .

Read AWN’s article that discusses the making of the film:
Masaaki Yuasa’s Rock Opera “Inu-Oh” Reimagines Untold Japanese History

In the film, Inu-oh is born into a valued family, but carries an ancient curse that left him on the fringes of society. When he meets the blind musician Tomona, a young Biwa priest haunted by his past, Inu-oh discovers a captivating ability to dance. The pair quickly become inseparable friends as crowds flock to their larger-than-life electric concerts. But when those in power threaten to disband the group, Inu-oh and Tomona must dance and sing to uncover the truth behind their creative gifts.

Inu-Oh made his world debut at 78e Venice International Film Festival, followed by a North American premiere at 46e Toronto International Film Festival, marking director Yuasa’s first invitation to both festivals. After the film’s previous presentation as a work in progress at the 2020 Annecy Film Festival, Yuasa returned to Annecy honored as a patron of the 2022 Mifa campus. The film continued its world tour at several other international film festivals, including Fantasia International (Satoshi Kon Award winner), Warsaw, Seattle International, Bucheon International Animation (International Feature Film winner), Tokyo International, etc. The Blu-Ray+DVD release follows a theatrical release in North America.

The original voice cast includes Avu-chan (Queen Bee) as Inu-oh; Mirai Moriyama as Tomona; Tasuku Emoto as Lord Yoshimitsu Ashikaga; Kenjiro Tsuda as Inu-oh’s father; and Yutaka Matsushige as Tomona’s father.

The English dub cast includes Joshua Waters as Inu-oh; Sena Bryer as Tomona; Cory Yee as Lord Yoshimitsu Ashikaga; Holden Thomas as Inu-oh (teen); Carter Young as Tomona (young); and Jonathan Leon as Tomona (teen).

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Whitney is a freelance writer who focuses on visual effects-driven fantasy movies and television as well as preschool animation.