The Girl from the Other Side

Yutaro Kubo & Satomi Maiya | 9:33 | 2019 | Japan

Synopsis:

Touch not the Outsiders, lest ye become an Outsider. But when two creatures belonging to opposite kinds -a lost little girl from the Inside and a demonic beast-looking Outsider- initiate an impossible coexistence on the same side of the forest, their bond seems to transcend their incompatible natures and the unnamed curse that has divided the world.


Based on the eponymous, Angouleme-nominated graphic novel by manga artist Nagabe.

Trailer: YouTube


Yutaro Kubo 久保雄太郎

Yutaro Kubo 久保雄太郎

Born in Beppu in 1990, Kubo is a freelance visual artist who graduated from the Tokyo Polytechnic University and studied under Academy award-nominee Koji Yamamura’s seminar at the Tokyo University of the Arts. He has directed a number of hand-drawn style animated short films that screened at major festivals. Notably individual works include Kicking Rocks (2013, PISAF Best Online Work Prize), and the eight-second short 00:08 (2014, Best Gallery Film at Anima Mundi 2014, competition at Annecy, Ottawa and Zagreb).

Satomi Maiya 米谷聡美

Satomi Maiya 米谷聡美

Born in Sendai in 1990, Maiya is an animator and illustrator who graduated from the Tokyo Polytechnic University and studied under Academy award-nominee Koji Yamamura’s seminar at the Tokyo University of the Arts. Many of her works feature pastel techniques, and screened at major animation festivals such as Annecy and Hiroshima. She often collaborates with Yutaro Kubo, like in the music video Tarareba (2017) for the Japanese rock act Amazarashi. She is appreciated in the industry for her delicate and heart-warming visual style.