Promare

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Promare
Promare Key Visual.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Japaneseプロメア
HepburnPuromea
Directed byHiroyuki Imaishi
Screenplay byKazuki Nakashima
Starring
Music byHiroyuki Sawano
CinematographyShinsuke Ikeda
Edited byJunichi Uematsu
Production
company
Distributed byToho
Release date
  • May 24, 2019 (2019-05-24)
Running time
111 minutes[1]
CountryJapan
LanguageJapanese
Box office¥1 billion[2]

Promare (Japanese: プロメア, Hepburn: Puromea) is a 2019 Japanese animated film co-produced by Trigger and XFLAG. The film is directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi and written by Kazuki Nakashima, both previously working together on Gurren Lagann and Kill la Kill, with Nakashima and Trigger credited for the original work. It features character and mechanical designs by Shigeto Koyama, 3DCG animation by Sanzigen and music by Hiroyuki Sawano. Promare was released in Japanese theaters on May 24, 2019 by Toho.

On June 13, 2019, GKIDS picked up the North American rights to the film and will be screening it in September 2019.[3][4] The anime will be dubbed by NYAV Post.[5]

Plot[edit]

Galo and the Burning Rescue Fire Department face off against BURNISH, a group of mutants who are able to control and wield flames, and the fire disaster they have unleashed on Earth.

Characters[edit]

Galo Thymos (ガロ・ティモス, Garo Timosu)[6]
Voiced by: Kenichi Matsuyama[7]
Lio Fotia (リオ・フォーティア, Rio Fōtia)
Voiced by: Taichi Saotome[7]
Kray Foresight (クレイ・フォーサイト, Kurei Fōsaito)
Voiced by: Masato Sakai[7]
Aina Ardebit (アイナ・アルデビット, Aina Arudebitto)
Voiced by: Ayane Sakura[7]
Remi Puguna (レミー・プグーナ, Remī Pugūna)
Voiced by: Hiroyuki Yoshino[7]
Varys Truss (バリス・トラス, Barisu Torasu)
Voiced by: Tetsu Inada[7]
Lucia Fex (ルチア・フェックス, Ruchia Fekkusu)
Voiced by: Mayumi Shintani[7]
Ignis Ex (イグニス・エクス, Igunisu Ekusu)
Voiced by: Rikiya Koyama[7]
Vinny
Voiced by: Kendo Kobayashi[8]
Heris Ardebit (エリス・アルデビット, Erisu Arudebitto)
Voiced by: Ami Koshimizu[7]
Vulcan Hastus (ヴァルカン・ヘイストス, Varukan Heisutosu)
Voiced by: Taiten Kusunoki[7]
Gueira (ゲーラ, Geira)
Voiced by: Nobuyuki Hiyama[7]
Meis (メイス, Meisu)
Voiced by: Katsuyuki Konishi[7]
Deus Prometh
Voiced by: Arata Furuta[8]
Biar Colossus
Voiced by: Ryōka Yuzuki[9]
Mad Burnish (マッドバーニッシュ, Maddo Bānisshu)[7]

Music[edit]

Promare Original Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedMay 24, 2019
GenreSoundtrack
Length1:15:26
LabelAniplex
ProducerHiroyuki Sawano

The film's theme songs, "Kakusei" (覚醒, lit. "Awakening") and "Kōri ni Tojikomete" (氷に閉じこめて, lit. "Imprisoned in Ice"), are performed by Superfly.[9] The soundtrack is composed by Hiroyuki Sawano, with a soundtrack album published by Aniplex being released on May 24, 2019, comprising 21 tracks.

All music composed by Hiroyuki Sawano.

Promare Original Soundtrack[10]
No.TitleLyricsPerformer(s)Length
1."Inferno"
  • Benjamin Anderson
  • mpi
  • Benjamin Anderson
  • mpi
3:54
2."PRO//MARE"  3:47
3."GAL-OTHY-MOS"  5:09
4."ΛsHEs"cAnON.Gemie2:21
5."WORLDBIGFLAMEUP"  4:27
6."PROMARETHEME"  3:18
7."BangBangBUR!...n?"  5:56
8."NEXUS"
  • Benjamin Anderson
  • mpi
Laco3:49
9."BAR2tsuSH"  5:27
10."DeusPRO召す"  5:17
11."fanFAREpiZZA"  3:36
12."ΛsHEs ~RETURNS~"cAnON.Gemie2:24
13."燃焼ING-RES9"  2:09
14."BAR2NG4女14yoN"  3:11
15."904SITE"  2:34
16."REG-GIRT"  2:27
17."RE:0"  2:38
18."PIROMARE"  2:20
19."Gallant Ones"
  • Benjamin Anderson
  • mpi
  • Benjamin Anderson
  • mpi
2:54
20."stRE:0ings"  2:27
21."火-YO!人"  5:21
Total length:1:15:26

Production[edit]

Promare was announced at the 2017 Anime Expo on July 2, 2017 as an original anime project co-produced by Trigger and XFLAG that has been in production for over four years,[11] later revealed to be a film in October 2018. Hiroyuki Imaishi and Kazuki Nakashima, both whom worked together previously on Gurren Lagann and Kill la Kill, are directing and writing the film, respectively.

Nakashima and Trigger are credited for the original work, with Shigeto Koyama providing the character and mechanical designs, Sanzigen animating the 3DCG sequences and Hiroyuki Sawano composing the music. The film's logo is designed by Saishi Ichiko and Tomotaka Kubo is serving as art director. Sushio, who designed the characters and served as chief animation director on Kill la Kill, is involved as one of the film's animators.[12]

Release[edit]

Promare premiered in Japan on May 24, 2019, with Toho distributing the film.[7][8] GKIDS acquired the film for North American distribution and will release the movie in theaters on September 20, 2019.[13]

To promote the upcoming European release, Trigger partnered with Goodsmile Racing and Black Falcon team to field a Mercedes-AMG GT3 with Promare livery in the 2019 Spa 24 Hours endurance race.[14] The car started on pole position and finished 3rd.[15]

Reception[edit]

Box office[edit]

Promare in its opening weekend ranked at number 8 in the Japanese box office, grossing ¥41.4 million in its first three days.[16] In its second weekend, the film dropped to number 10, grossing ¥58.8 million and a cumulative total of ¥231.3 million.[17] In its third weekend, the film dropped out of the top 10 and accumulated ¥65.3 million. As of July 1, 2019, the film has grossed a total of ¥731.2 million.[2]

Critical response[edit]

Matt Schley of The Japan Times gave the film 4 stars out of 5, praising the storytelling but having some criticism for elements of the transition between 2D and 3D animation.[18]

Writing for Anime News Network, Kim Morrissy gave Promare a Grade A. Comparing it to previous works by Trigger such as Gurren Lagann and Kill la Kill Morrissy claimed that: "Promare is a refinement of the Trigger formula to the point where I honestly believe it has outdone the classics that inspired it."[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ プロメア (2019). allcinema (in Japanese). Stingray. Retrieved May 25, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Children of the Sea Anime Film Opens at #5 in Japan". Anime News Network. June 11, 2019. Retrieved June 16, 2019.
  3. ^ Zahed, Ramin (2019-06-13). "Studio Trigger's 'Promare' Is Snapped Up By GKIDS". Animation Magazine. Retrieved 2019-06-13.
  4. ^ Antonio Pineda, Rafael. "GKIDS Licenses Promare Film for September Theatrical Screenings in N. America". Anime News Network. News. Retrieved July 6, 2019.
  5. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn. "NYAV Post to Dub Promare Anime Film With Supervision by Trigger". Anime News Network. News. Retrieved July 6, 2019.
  6. ^ "Trigger Reveals More Details on Promare Anime". Anime News Network. July 7, 2018. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Trigger, XFlag's Promare Anime Film Reveals Main Cast, May Debut, New Trailer". Anime News Network. January 22, 2019. Retrieved January 22, 2019.
  8. ^ a b c "Promare Anime Film Reveals More Cast, May 24 Debut, Visuals". Anime News Network. March 19, 2019. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  9. ^ a b "Promare Anime Film's New Trailer Unveils New Cast, Superfly Theme Songs". Anime News Network. April 4, 2019. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  10. ^ オリジナルサウンドトラック CM解禁. promare-movie.com (in Japanese). April 9, 2019. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
  11. ^ "Studio Trigger Announces 3 New Anime Titles (Updated)". Anime News Network. July 3, 2017. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  12. ^ "1st Promo Video for Trigger, XFlag's Promare Anime Reveals Theatrical Release in 2019". Anime News Network. October 12, 2018. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  13. ^ "Trigger's PROMARE Anime Film Hits North American Theaters in September". Crunchyroll. June 13, 2019. Retrieved June 13, 2019.
  14. ^ "「Fate」「プロメア」「初音ミク」デザインのマシンが「スパ24時間」を走る! "グッスマ"が「Black Falcon」のアートディレクションを担当". Car Watch (in Japanese). July 22, 2019. Retrieved July 29, 2019.
  15. ^ Kilshaw, Jake. "GPX Porsche Wins Rain-Affected 24H Spa". Sportscar365. Retrieved July 30, 2019.
  16. ^ "Ibuki Opens at #2, Sadako at #4, Promare at #8 in Japan". Anime News Network. May 27, 2019. Retrieved June 16, 2019.
  17. ^ "Godzilla: King of the Monsters Opens at #1 in Japan". Anime News Network. June 3, 2019. Retrieved June 16, 2019.
  18. ^ Schley, Matt (May 15, 2019). "'Promare': A burning need for rage control". The Japan Times. Retrieved May 18, 2019.
  19. ^ Morrissy, Kim (June 6, 2019). "Review: Promare". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 7, 2019.

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