GKids and Shout! Factory are bringing the 2021 anime comedy film ‘Gyokou no Nikuko-chan,’ known in other markets as ‘Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko’ to a home video release in North America. This will include a digital release along with DVD and Blu-ray copies that will feature bonus features.
“The charming anime film Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko will be released in a Blu-Ray™ + DVD combo, as well for digital download on all major platforms, from GKIDS, with distribution from Shout! Factory on July 19, 2022,” GKids said on their website. “Planned and produced by the beloved Japanese actor and comedian Sanma Akashiya, Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko was based on the novel of the same name by Kanako Nishi. From acclaimed director Ayumu Watanabe (Children of the Sea) and STUDIO4°C (MFKZ, Mind Game) comes a heartwarming and moving comedy-drama with touches of magical realism. Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko is about an unconventional family and the bonds that they share in their sleepy seaside town.”
The DVD and Blu-ray releases will include a “making of” documentary that will give insight into the filmmaking of the movie and offer some insight into the animation. Following its release in Japan, the film acquired the Jury Special Mention in Axis: The Satoshi Kon Award for Excellence in Animation at the Fantasia International Film Festival.
You can watch the trailer below:
GKids describes the synopsis as follows,
Brash single mother Nikuko is well-known for her bold spirit, much to the embarrassment of Kikuko, her pensive yet imaginative daughter. In contrast to her mother, Kikuko wants nothing more than to fit in as she navigates the everyday social dramas of middle school. Life in the harbor is peaceful until a shocking revelation from the past threatens to uproot the pair’s tender relationship.”
As D-Rezzed previously reported, the movie is based on the novel ‘Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko’ by novelist Kanako Nishi.