Penguin Highway

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Penguin Highway
Penguin Highway 2010 Novel Cover.jpg
The cover of the novel, as published by Kadokawa Shoten in 2010
ペンギン・ハイウェイ
(Pengin Haiwei)
GenreComing-of-age, science fiction[1]
Novel
Written byTomihiko Morimi
Published byKadokawa Shoten
English publisher
PublishedMay 28, 2010
Manga
Written byTomihiko Morimi
Illustrated byKeito Yano
Published byMedia Factory
DemographicSeinen
MagazineMonthly Comic Alive
Original runMarch 27, 2018 – present
Volumes1
Anime film
Directed byHiroyasu Ishida
Written byMakoto Ueda
Music byUmitarō Abe
StudioStudio Colorido
Licensed by
Released
Runtime118 minutes
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Penguin Highway (ペンギン・ハイウェイ, Pengin Haiwei, stylized penguin highway) is a Japanese science fiction[1] novel written by Tomihiko Morimi, published in 2010. A manga adaptation began serialization in Media Factory's Monthly Comic Alive from March 27, 2018, and an anime film adaptation by Studio Colorido premiered in August 2018.

Characters[edit]

Aoyama (アオヤマ君, Aoyama-kun)
Voiced by: Kana Kita[2]
Lady (お姉さん, Onē-san)
Voiced by: Yū Aoi[2]
Uchida (ウチダ君, Uchida-kun)
Voiced by: Rie Kugimiya[3]
Hamamoto (ハマモトさん, Hamamoto-san)
Voiced by: Megumi Han[3]
Suzuki (スズキ君, Suzuki-kun)
Voiced by: Miki Fukui[3]
Aoyama's Father (アオヤマ君のお父さん, Aoyama-kun no Otōsan)
Voiced by: Hidetoshi Nishijima[3]
Hamamoto's Father (ハマモトさんのお父さん, Hamamoto-san no Otōsan)
Voiced by: Naoto Takenaka[3]

Media[edit]

Novel[edit]

Penguin Highway is a novel written by Tomihiko Morimi, where it was originally published by Kadokawa Bunko in tankōbon format on May 28, 2010 (ISBN 9784048740630).[4] Kadokawa later republished the novel under the Kadokawa Bunko imprint on November 22, 2012 (ISBN 9784041005613).[5] Upon the release of the film, Kadokawa republished the novel with a new cover illustration by Booota under the Kadokawa Tsubasa Bunko imprint on June 15, 2018 (ISBN 9784046317988).[6]

Yen Press announced at Anime Expo 2018 that they would be publishing the novel in English,[7] with a hardcover release scheduled for April 23, 2019.[8]

Manga[edit]

A manga adaptation of the novel began serialization in the May 2018 issue of Media Factory's Monthly Comic Alive magazine, with illustrations by Keito Yano.[9] The manga is published in tankōbon format, with the first volume being released on July 23, 2018.[10]

Anime film[edit]

An anime film adaptation by Studio Colorido was announced on March 1, 2018.[2] Hiroyasu Ishida serves as the director for the film, with Yōjirō Arai responsible for character design, Makoto Ueda writing the screenplay, and Umitarō Abe composing the music.[2] The theme song is Good Night, performed by Hikaru Utada.[11]

The film premiered at Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal on July 29, 2018.[12] Toho released the film theatrically in Japan on August 17, 2018.[11] Fuji Creative is responsible for international distribution of the film. Anime Limited announced in July 2018 that they had acquired the film for distribution in the United Kingdom and Ireland,[13] where it premiered at Scotland Loves Anime Glasgow on October 13, 2018,[14] with a wider release in 2019.[13] Eleven Arts announced that they would be distributing the film theatrically in North America, where it premiered at Crunchyroll Expo in San Jose on September 2, 2018,[15] and a wider release on April 12, 2019.[16][17] Madman Entertainment announced that they had acquired the film for distribution in Australia and New Zealand, where it premiered at Madman Anime Festival Melbourne on September 15, 2018,[18] with a wider release premiering from November 8, 2018.[19]

Reception[edit]

Novel[edit]

The novel won the Nihon SF Taisho Award in 2010.[1]

Anime film[edit]

The film won the Axis: The Satoshi Kon Award for Excellence in Animation award at Fantasia International Film Festival for the best animated feature.[12] In Japan, the film premiered in 192 theatres in its opening weekend, where it placed in 10th position.[20] The film later exited the top 10, having earned a total of ¥307 million (US$2.76 million) as of August 26, 2018.[21]

See also[edit]

  • Solaris – Science fiction novel by Polish writer Stanisław Lem

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Dai-31-kai SF Taishō Jushō-saku" 第31回SF大賞受賞作 [31st SF Taisho Winning Work]. Retrieved November 14, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d "Tatami Galaxy Novelist's Penguin Highway Coming-of-Age Fantasy Gets Anime Film". Anime News Network. March 1, 2018. Retrieved November 14, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d e Ressler, Karen (June 26, 2018). "Penguin Highway Anime Film's 2nd Trailer Reveals More Cast". Anime News Network. Retrieved November 14, 2018.
  4. ^ "Pengin Haiwei" ペンギン・ハイウェイ [Penguin Highway] (in Japanese). Kadokawa Shoten. Retrieved November 14, 2018.
  5. ^ "Kadokawa Bunko Pengin Haiwei" 角川文庫 ペンギン・ハイウェイ [Kadokawa Bunko Penguin Highway] (in Japanese). Retrieved November 14, 2018.
  6. ^ "Kadokawa Tsubasa Bunko Pengin Haiwei" 角川つばさ文庫 ペンギン・ハイウェイ [Kadokawa Tsubasa Bunko Penguin Highway] (in Japanese). Retrieved November 15, 2018.
  7. ^ Ressler, Karen (July 8, 2018). "Yen Press Licenses Happy Sugar Life, Kakegurui Twins Manga, Penguin Highway, Walk on Girl, Mirai Novels". Anime News Network. Retrieved July 10, 2018.
  8. ^ "Penguin Highway". Yen Press. Retrieved April 14, 2019.
  9. ^ "Komikku Araibu 2018-nen 5-gatsu-gō" コミックアライブ 2018年5月号 [Comic Alive May 2018 Issue]. Monthly Comic Alive (in Japanese). Media Factory. Retrieved November 14, 2018.
  10. ^ "Penguin Highway 01" [ペンギン・ハイウェイ 01] (in Japanese). Monthly Comic Alive. Retrieved November 14, 2018.
  11. ^ a b "Hikaru Utada Performs Penguin Highway Anime Film's Theme Song". Anime News Network. November 14, 2018. Retrieved June 30, 2018.
  12. ^ a b Antonio Pineda, Rafael (July 26, 2018). "Penguin Highway Film Wins Satoshi Kon Award at Fantasia Int'l Film Festival". Anime News Network. Retrieved November 14, 2018.
  13. ^ a b Hanley, Andy. "Anime Limited acquires Penguin Highway". All the Anime. Anime Limited. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  14. ^ Scotland Loves Anime [@lovesanimation] (August 29, 2018). "We can't reveal the full lineup yet but tickets for select films in our lineup at @glasgowfilm (12-14th Oct) are on sale: bit.ly/SLA2018Glasgow Includes: Penguin Highway (EU Premiere) Fate/stay Night: Heaven's Feel Movie 1 (UK Premiere) Even a screening of Cyber City Oedo 808" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  15. ^ Antonio Pineda, Rafael (August 31, 2018). "Eleven Arts to Premiere Penguin Highway Anime Film at Crunchyroll Expo". Anime News Network. Retrieved September 1, 2018.
  16. ^ Antonio Pineda, Rafael (February 6, 2019). "Eleven Arts to Screen Penguin Highway Film in U.S. Theaters in Winter 2019". Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  17. ^ Sarto, Dan (September 3, 2018). "'Penguin Highway' Theatrical Release Set for April 12". Retrieved November 14, 2018.
  18. ^ Madman Anime Festival [@MadFest] (August 22, 2018). "Be swept up in a whimsical and wondrous journey at @MadFest Melbourne 2018 with the Australian Premiere of Penguin Highway! 🐧✨ mad.mn/penghighway" (Tweet). Retrieved August 22, 2018 – via Twitter.
  19. ^ Penguin Highway Official Theatrical Trailer (YouTube video). Madman Entertainment. October 10, 2018.
  20. ^ Antonio Pineda, Rafael (August 20, 2018). "Live-Action Gintama 2 Earns 800 Million Yen at #1, Seven Deadly Sins Opens at #5". Anime News Network. Retrieved November 14, 2018.
  21. ^ Antonio Pineda, Rafael (August 27, 2018). "Live-Action Gintama 2 Film Falls to #2, Seven Deadly Sins Falls to #10". Anime News Network. Retrieved November 14, 2018.

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