Tetsuro Araki Reveals Inspiration Behind Wit Studio’s Bubble Film

Animator and director Tetsuro Araki revealed in an interview with Oricon what inspired the next Bubble movie and how a mermaid illustration brought the story to life. Araki, who is directing the film, and producer Genki Kawamura explained how the film came to be and revealed some details behind the entire staff.

WIT Studio animates the Bubble film which was conceptualized after Araki approached Kawamura, who had previously worked on titles such as grow old with you and Beautiful, because he wanted someone who knew how to make an animated work for a wider audience. Kawamura, who saw Araki’s directorial work on The attack of the Titans, always wanted to work with him, so they spent about 6 months discussing potential themes and topics that the film would explore. During this period, one illustration by Araki stood out – a mermaid observing a sunken city. “I thought of an original story with the Ningyo pattern could be interesting and so the story moved,” says Kawamura. The illustration was unveiled for the first time:

Mermaid illustration by Tetsuro Araki – Bubble Film

The duo talked about General Urobuchi’s involvement in the work. Urobuchi, novelist and screenwriter, well known for his work on the Psycho Pass and Spell franchises, wrote the screenplay for Bubble, as part of Nitroplus starring Renji Oki (Naoko Sato is also credited for the screenplay). Genki Kawamura says he loved Urobuchi’s work on Puella Magi Madoka Magica (screenwriter) and that he wanted to work with him as a fan. Araki adds that Urobuchi helped by formulating the story’s setting, giving it “body” and adding significant sci-fi elements to it. Araki also revealed that he greatly admired Urobuchi while working on guilty crown about ten years ago.


Kawamura also reflected on Takeshi Obata, Death threat illustrator, who made the original character designs. Initially, Obata was too busy, but after reading the plot, he contacted Kawamura and said he wanted to do it. Kawamura thinks Obata’s work added a “manga style” touch to the original anime film.

The full Oricon News interview is available on their YouTube channel:

About WIT Studio’s Bubble Movie

Bubble will premiere on Netflix on April 28, while the Japanese theatrical release is scheduled for May 13. Netflix describes the plot as follows:
In a Tokyo where gravity has broken, a boy and a girl are attracted to each other… The story takes place in Tokyo, after bubbles that have broken the laws of gravity have descended on the world . Cut off from the outside world, Tokyo has become a playground for a group of young people who have lost their families, acting as a battleground for parkour team battles as they leap from building to building. Hibiki, a young ace known for his dangerous style of play, one day makes a reckless move and dives into the gravity-bending sea. His life is saved by Uta, a girl with mysterious powers. The couple then hears a unique sound audible only to them. Why did Uta appear in front of Hibiki? Their meeting leads to a revelation that will change the world.

The official trailer features Eve and Uta’s opening theme song, titled “Bubble“:

Source: Oricon News
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