It’s summer in Okinawa and teenager Maise Higa is spending much of it working the reception desk at her family's hotel. The sunny days pass uneventfully—until the arrival of Ichiro Suzuki, a mysterious guest from Tokyo about Maise’s age. Strange phenomena, spectacular impossibilities of nature, begin to occur almost immediately.
In 2021, Fantasia’s closing-night audience was the first in the world to get a brief taste of DEIJI MEETS GIRL, the charming anime micro-series directed by Ushio Tazawa, a veteran of numerous Makoto Shinkai films. As promised at the time, DEIJI MEETS GIRL returns to Fantasia this summer as a complete series, its 90-second episodes bundled together and bursting with fantastical, tropically twisted fun! – Rupert Bottenberg
Born at the end of the world, two wily orphaned teens fight to stay free in this exciting, animated eco-punk adventure.
Portugal’s first stop-motion feature is an engrossing drama about how roots can both nourish and entangle, told with a luminous sense of the magical.
A sumptuous animated fairy tale, graced with a rich Afro-Caribbean sensibility and profound psychological undercurrents.