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Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko Anime Film US Release Date Announced

By Samona Punjabi / March 31, 2022

Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko is officially on the way to the US! According to a recent announcement from GKIDS, director Ayumu Watanabe and Studio 4ºC's anime film, which was released in Japan last year, is set to premiere in US theatres sooner than you think. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Kanako Nishi.

Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko opened in Japanese theaters on June 11, 2021. Since then, the film has won multiple awards, including Best Animated Film at the Hochi Film Awards and the Excellence Award for Animated Feature Film at the 25th Japan Media Arts Festival Awards. GKIDS previously revealed its acquisition of the film back in November of 2021.

Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko poster
Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko poster.

Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko US Release Date and More

According to the recent announcement, Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko will release in US theatres on June 3, 2022. Furthermore, fan preview events are scheduled for June 2 in partnership with Fathom Events. Fans can also look forward to a special introduction by director Ayumu Watanabe and creative producer Sanma Akashiya, which is exclusive to Fathom Events screenings.

Tickets for the film will go on sale via Fathom Events' official website or GKIDS' official website, along with participating box offices starting on April 29. Check out the teaser trailer for Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko below:

GKIDS, which is distributing the film in the US, officially describes Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko as:

"From acclaimed director Ayumu Watanabe (Children of the Sea) and STUDIO4°C (Tekkonkinkreet, Mind Game, Animatrix), Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko is a heartwarming and moving comedy-drama about an unconventional family, based on the popular novel by Kanako Nishi.

Nikuko is a brash, jolly, scattered, and passionate woman in an otherwise sleepy seaside town in northern Japan. She's also the single mother of 11-year-old Kikuko, who is her opposite in many ways. Kikuko is a string-bean of a young girl, pensive, quietly curious, and methodical in how she approaches life in this small harbor town.

Nikuko embarrasses Kikuko as any mom of a preteen would, but Nikuko's bold spirit makes her especially well-known in a town where Kikuko herself wants nothing more than to simply blend in. As Kikuko navigates the everyday social dramas of middle school, enhanced with touches of magical realism from her ever-present imagination, a shocking revelation from the past threatens to uproot the pair's tender relationship."

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