The latest in a series of tear-jerking anime movies to make their way over to North American theaters is a coming-of-age story set in 1940s Hiroshima. In This Corner of the World, a tender World War II anime rendered with hand-drawn animation, will open to theaters across the country today.
Suzu Urano is an artist and young wife who leaves home to move in with her husband’s family in Hiroshima. When her small town of Kure is bombed, she takes on the burden of rebuilding her and her loved ones’ lives, foraging food and constructing shelters.
Studio Mappa and GENCO produced the film, which was inspired by an eponymous manga written and illustrated by Fumiyo Komo. So far, critics are really loving it. Look for our impressions next week.