A movie, Kono Sekai No Katasumini (In the corner of this world) hits gradually, being promoted only by words of people who have seen it. This movie is an animation movie and describes a normal girl’s life during World War 2.
The origin of this movie is comic books written by Fumiyo Kouno. A director of this movie, Sunao Kataguchi, wanted to make this story a movie and raised a fund through crowdfunding. Finally he collected enough money to create this movie.
A main character, Suzu, lived in Kure city, Hiroshima prefecture. She liked drawing pictures but lost one of her arm by attack of U.S. army. Though she suffered from the war, she lived strongly.
The reputation of this movie is so high among movie critics. But it is said that persons concerned couldn’t do enough promotion activities because of industry practice. A voice actor of main character Suzu in this movie is Non (This is a stage name) and she quit big show biz agency in the middle of this year. When she belonged the previous agency, her name was Rena Nonen and she appeared in many TV programs. After quitting the agency, we hardly see her on TV because the previous agency may ask TV stations not to make her appear in TV programs. And also she can’t use her stage name Rena Nonen though it is also her real name. It is said that there is pressure by previous show biz agency when an actor/actress leaves a show biz agency.
Regardless of lacking promotion, this movie’s revenue is increasing and good reputation is wide-spreading by words of people who have seen it now.