GKIDS Licenses Kenji Iwaisawa's On-Gaku: Our Sound Anime Film

On-Gaku: Our Sound

GKIDS announced the license of another acclaimed anime film this morning.This time it's On-Gaku: Our Sound, from director Kenji Iwaisawa, due out in North America sometime in 2020.

On-Gaku: Our Sound previously won the Nelvana Grand Prize at the 2019 Ottawa International Animation Festival.The film has also been selected for the 2020 Annecy International Animation Film Festival's Contrechamp Competition section.


When you're a bored teenager looking for thrills, sometimes the only thing you can turn to is rock'n roll. Having no skill, money, or even a full set of drums, a feared trio of high school delinquents nevertheless decide they are destined for musical glory in a quest to impress their only friend Aya, avoid a rival gang, and-most importantly-jam out.

Animated almost entirely by director Kenji Iwaisawa, and featuring a lead performance by Japanese alt-rock legend Shintaro Sakamoto, ON-GAKU: OUR SOUND brings its own sound and vision to the Hiroyuki Ohashi manga from which it was adapted.With pitch-perfect deadpan humor, the film presents a highly original take on the beloved slacker comedy: a lo-fi buddy film with a blaring musical finale that will leave you wanting an immediate encore.


Joseph Luster is the Games and Web editor at Otaku USA Magazine.You can read his webcomic, BIG DUMB FIGHTING IDIOTS at subhumanzoidsFollow him on Twitter @Moldilox.

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