Hayao Miyazaki’s future boy Conan gets his first outing in the US

Conan and Lana, the protagonists of Future Boy Conan by Hayao Miyazaki.

Get ready for a Miyazaki adventure that you have never seen before.
Picture: GKids

Before Hayao Miyazaki became a renowned director in the world of animation cinema, his beginnings as an animation director on television brought happiness to the world, from his first work on Lupine III-which paved the way for his directorial debut in the theater– to classics like Sherlock dog. But now his very first solo credit as a director is finally coming to the United States.

Today, GKids announced that it has obtained the license for Future Boy Conan, the 1978 post-apocalyptic animated series of 26 episodes from Nippon Animation. He is best known outside of Japan for being Miyazaki’s first work as a solo director on a series, having co-directed artists like Lupine III Part 1 with Isao Takahata and working as an animator and screenwriter. It takes place in the distant future of 2021 – a decade after a devastating war on Earth brought the planet off its axis, destroying entire continents and wiping out much of humanity’s population. The series follows the titular Conan, an 11-year-old boy used to living in isolation on Remnant Island, before crossing paths with a young girl named Lana after she runs aground on the shore of his home. Quickly becoming friends, Conan and Lana decide to travel through what remains of Earth, discovering what remains of human society and confronting adventure and danger in equal measure.

The acquisition of GKids marks the first time Future Boy Conan has never been made legally accessible in the United States; it will be released with 4K digital restoration and will be available both with the original Japanese dub or an all-new English dub.

“We are thrilled to help bring this legendary series to North America,” GKids President David Jesteadt said in a press release. “With a magnificent new restoration, now is the perfect time for American fans of director Hayao Miyazaki to experience this classic adventure series as it was meant to be seen.”

Future Boy Conan will be released on Blu-ray at the end of 2021.

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