During the Asian Academy Creative Awards 2020 event, described as the “Asia-Pacific region's most prestigious award” for creative excellence, and which is an event that honors the best content and creators in the region for two nights, it was revealed that Japan's representative film, Nakitai Watashi wa Neko wo Kaburu, was the winner in the category “Best Animated Program or Series”.
The film premiered directly on the Netflix platform globally on June 18, after having canceled its premiere in theaters in Japan scheduled for June 5 due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, on October 2 it had a limited release in some theaters in Japan.
- Junichi Sato (Sailor Moon, Aria the Animation, Princess Tutu) and Tomotaka Shibayama (Ao no Exorcist) directed the feature film at Studio Colorfully.
- Mari Okada (Sayonara no Asa nor Yakusoku no Hana or Kazarō, Anohana) was writing the scripts.
Synopsis of Nakitai Watashi wa Neko wo Kaburu
The original story about "finding yourself" takes place in Tokoname, Aichi prefecture and centers on Miyo "Muge" Sasaki. She is a very quirky high school sophomore who has a crush on her classmate Kento Hinode. Muge constantly follows him around but he doesn't seem to notice her. But she has a secret that she can't tell anyone, even though she still continues her attempts. Later, Muge finds a magical mask that allows him to transform into a cat named Tarou. Her magic allows her to get closer to Kento, which she always wanted, but eventually it will become increasingly difficult to be human again ...
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