Armies clash in a battle of Koranic proportions in The Journey, a film that marries Arabian mythology with anime production values.
The feature tells the story of Aws, a potter with a secret past who’s caught up in an epic battle to defend his city Mecca. It is co-produced by Saudi Arabia’s Manga Productions and Japan’s venerable Toei Animation. Watch the trailer (with English subtitles) below:
The Journey is directed by Kobun Shizuno (the Detective Conan films, Knights of Sidonia), from a script by Atsuhiro Tomioka (Pokemon films) and with character designs by Tatsuro Iwamoto (Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney game series). Originally due to premiere in 2020, the film will now come out on June 25. It will be released in the MENA region by Vox Cinemas and in Japan by Toei subsidiary T-Joy.